Which lipsticks will last throughout Shabbos is a common question I am asked. In fact, many women share this common problem where the lip color just “slides” right off within a few hours. There are a few products on the market that are formulated to last from 8-18 hours, and many of them can be purchased at your local drug store. Covergirl, Maybelline and L’Oreal all make long lasting lip color that can be found at drug stores.
The lip colors are usually applied in a two-step process. A lip color is applied with a wand and then a silicone-based coat is placed on the lip color after it dries. The second coat adds moisture and gloss. The down side when it comes to Shabbos is that you can’t reapply the moisturizer, and the lips will feel dry and often times the color will start peeling off the next day.
If you want to wear your regular lipstick on Shabbos and want it to last longer than it normally would, then try this tip. Prior to applying your lip color apply a lip primer, let that set and then apply the foundation you would apply on your face on your lips as well. Line your lips with a lip liner in a similar shade as the lipstick you will be applying, and with the same lip liner shade the lips as well.
After the lip liner is applied apply the lipstick. Keep in mind a matte lipstick will last longer than any other type of lipstick, such as glosses.
Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.