We've made a recent discovery that is a total game-changer for us. Even with the most expert techniques and tricks (of which we have many), lipstick can end up wearing off and getting cakey later in the day, even if the color stays. Enter LipsSense from Arkansassy Lips, the lip color that's waterproof, smudge proof and stays in place. Listen, we were every bit as wary as you are going into this, but once we saw how this stuff lasted, we just had to share it with you.
It's awesome because it comes in over 70 colors, and Rylee, our consultant does all the work recommending colors to work with your skintone, level of adventure, or to match a color you currently have at home. You can even mix and match colors to customize! We love that she posts oodles of color choices on real people, usually a good car selfie, because you know this is how it looks on real people! You can also email her directly at arkansassylips (at) gmail (dot) com if you want to bypass the page and get right to buying! Here, Molly went with Fly Girl red and Jodi went with the popular Lexie Beary hot pink.
The most important part of making this system work is the application. Rylee has done some awesome videos and tutorials about how to apply it, but we've also broken it down for you here. Let's get to it!
You have to start with a clean base, so clean your lips well with witch hazel. You can find this at any drugstore or grocery store. Next, dry off your lips with a towel or dry washcloth to make sure they're totally dry. Be sure to get inside your waterline, too.
Like totally dry. Fan them for good measure. ;) If your lips stick to your teeth, that's a good sign.
Essentially you're going to paint the color on first so it stays and then cover with a gloss, so get that color ready!
Paint the color on going only one direction, not back and forth, on your lips. This was scary for me since I'm such a lipliner perfectionist. That's why you keep that witch hazel close just in case, but I never actually needed it!
For your top lip, you can start at the center bow, just make sure you don't go back and forth over one area, always keep it going one direction, out to either side.
You'll do the color coat three times, fanning it dry in between each layer. This only takes a few seconds, don't worry. This also takes the stress off of getting the edges of that lipline perfect the first time, if you've got two chances to kind of correct it.
Once you've got those three coats on and dry, you're ready for the gloss! Gloss away, and you're set! The key now is to gloss throughout the day to keep your lips hydrated. I did this a few times: before and after meals and maybe once or twice more. But, the color underneath doesn't move, so you don't need a mirror or anything, and it takes like 2 seconds to reapply it every time.
We've rounded up some of Molly's own ridiculous selfies below to show how this stuff stays on all day. She tested it out for the first time on a dance trip with lots activities, performances, costume changes, and eating scheduled all day, so it was a pretty rigorous test.
Top left to bottom right these are: 8 AM, right after applying / 2:15 PM after eating breakfast and lunch (don't mind the dance costume collar there, haha) / 9 PM after dinner and dancing / 10:45 PM after a few glasses of red wine and soaking in a hot tub.
One of the most amazing parts about using this (besides all day lip color you never have to reapply or even look at again) is that you're not leaving lipstick traces like you typically would. Not on napkins, or glasses, or tissues. That gloss is the only thing that comes off even if you plant a kiss on someone. The photos above show Jodi's lip color at the beginning of the day and then at the end, after a full day of wear! That includes breakfast, lunch, the gym, dinner and drinking lots of water throughout the day.
All Jodi had to do was reapply the gloss before our little photo shoot and she was ready to roll! We really hope you will look into Lipsense if you are in the market for a really long lasting lip color. It does take a little time to get the application routine down, but trust us, it's totally worth it in the end.
To try it out for yourself, visit Arkansassy Lips (you can simply post ask for color recommendations, and you'll get great customized options), or email Rylee at arkansassylips(at)gmail(dot)com. And let us know what you think!