BEAUTY CLINIC: Give lipstick staying power

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Q How do I make lipstick last through a daylong festivity with minimum touch-ups? I have quite pale lips so need some oomph from lippy, especially in photos.

A Following on from last week’s Beauty Clinic on keeping make-up fresh all day (here), here’s the experts’ advice on the way to lasting lippy! And it starts with prepping your lips.

Gently exfoliate your lips first to create a smooth canvas for colour to cling to. Use a soft toothbrush to rub off any dry rough bits. It’s worth using a dedicated product such as Fenty Beauty’s new Pro Kiss’r Lip Loving Scrubstick, £15, now available at Boots in store and online. (Fenty Beauty is Rihanna’s signature cosmetic line, which did brilliantly in our last Beauty Bible Awards.) 

Now hydrate with a lip balm, such as Fenty Beauty Luscious Lip Balm, £15. Or even our own Beauty Bible Lip Balm, £6 from Remember to leave this a few minutes to sink in before going on to the next step. 

Create a base: for maximum endurance, apply a thin layer of foundation or concealer over lips – now they’re moisturised this should go on smoothly.

Pencil in the outline. With a natural colour lip pencil – see our Beauty Bible Award Winners here – draw round lips to give a crisp outline, then fill in all over. This not only evens up lip shape but the slightly waxy barrier helps prevent lip colour bleeding. Filling in the whole mouth gives lipstick more to cling to. 

Now blot with a single layer of tissue, gently pushing lips together.

Use a lip brush to apply your chosen lipstick. Which to choose? Firstly, a word on colour for your pale-ish lips: take your courage in hand and go bold! It shows up best in photos, especially in stronger summer light. But by the same token, make sure you choose a colour that really complements your skin tone when you’ve got your make up on. So take time choosing.

For budge-proof power, choose matte or semi-matte. One of our longtime hero ranges is Lipstick Queen, which offers matte Sinner Lipstick in 15 shades. Usual price is £22, but it’s currently half price, £11, on 

Other brands that get unanimously good reviews for long wear include NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment £23 at and MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick £17.50. For a great beauty steal range look at Maybelline Superstay. Their Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, in 28 shades, is currently £6.95 at, down from £9.99. 

Beauty Bible loves… 

Oskia Renaissance body srcub 

­­­­OSKIA Renaissance Body Scrub (limited edition)  

This is a product we’ve dreamed of, as fans of OSKIA’s multi-award-winning Renaissance range. Well, we creatively visualised – and they listened. (Or something like that.)

Created as a collaboration with Emma Hoareau (hence the product’s lovely looks), Renaissance Body Scrub contains pink Himalayan salt (boasting 84 trace minerals) and MSM (skin-friendly sulphur), for a great buffing action – and as if that wasn’t enough,also offers fermented pumpkin enzymes which have a different but equally effective skin-smoothing action.

To leave skin even silky-smoother, there’s nourishing starflower oil and vitamin E – and so rather than drying out skin, it’s left soft, firmed and lush-to-the-touch. Literally instant results, we’ve found – definitely a skin ‘renaissance’ worthy of the name. (But better be quick! It’s a limited edition from 6th June, while stocks last, exclusively online at their site.)  

£48 for 22g – buy here