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How To Apply Red Lipstick That Stays Put

Lucille Ball with Red Lipstick

Lucille Ball with Red Lipstick

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wear red lipstick.  It’s an easy way to add instant retro glamour to any look and  perks up your complexion, especially if you’re fair skinned, like I am.

But it was through much trial and error over the years before I came up with my favorite way to apply it so that it stayed on.   Knowing how to apply properly, and what types of  red lipsticks work best, enables you to set out for a night of wining and dining without having to touch up constantly.

So here are some of my tips along with a few more from some other red lipstick wearing  gals.   You can experiment with which way works best for you.

Step 1- Foundation
I always start by applying some foundation to my lips.  You could also use a lip primer. That’s going to help create a base to which everything else will adhere.

Step 2- Lip Liner
I like to use a red lipliner pencil. You can use nude, but I find the red liner adds more depth to the red lipstick shade that will go over it.  First outline the lip, then completely fill it in with the lip pencil.  My favorite is the  Lip Liner  by Palladio.  It’s a retractable pencil, which I love, and has a nice creamy matte finish that stays in place, but is not too dry.

Step 3-  Lipstick Brush and Lipstick
A lipstick brush will give you much more control when applying your lipstick over your liner. With red lipstick you want to make sure you you have a defined lip line.  Using a brush helps immensely with this and it is perfect for shaping the lip outline as well, i.e. creating more of a pout.  I also opt for the retractable type so I can throw it in my purse.

As far as lipstick I have found that some types are much better for longevity than others.  Glosses and real creamy lipsticks are going to slide off at the first sip of a martini.   Lately the ones that work best for me are M.A.C. Lipsticks (Russian Red is a fav) and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. My current fav is Fiery, a beautiful true red.

With the MAC Lipstick,  I apply with the brush,  blot a bit of powder on lips, then apply a second coat. With the Stila, since it has a wand applicator, I apply, then use lipstick brush to even out and define lip edges.  With either of these my red color stays on pretty much all day or night!  The Stila is especially amazing. I’ve gone out for a full dinner and a couple of glasses of wine and that color has not budged.  The MAC sometimes will need a little touchup.

More advice from other gals who know a thing or two about rocking a red lip!

From the lovely and stylish Jessica of the Chronically Vintage Blog 

Jessica Cangiano

Jessica Cangiano of the Chronically Vintage Blog

A smooth canvas is key, especially with bold and/or dark lip colours, and since I’m prone to very dry lips, I’ll usually take a dry toothbrush and gently exfoliate my lips before I start. Once the skin is silky (or at least not rough as sandpaper! ;), I trace the natural lines of my lip with either a red or clear lip liner (in the case of the latter, such as Revlon’s Color Stay) and then fill them all the way in, too. If I’m out of liner or think I’ll be eating/drinking a lot before I reply my lipstick next, I’ll sometimes swap the liner for a red (as close to my lipstick hue as possible) lip stain instead.Then, either straight from the tub or with a lipstick brush (I’m keen on Clinique’s, but there are tons of great ones out there at all different price points), I apply an even layer of red lipstick all over (my red of choice is Russian Red from MAC). I blot gentle with a Kleenex, apply a light second layer of red lipstick, then blot once more and am good to go.”


From the stunning Pin Up Model Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee aka The Jitterbug Doll

Amanda Lee aka The Jitterbug Doll

“My favorite lipstick is a product called Lipsense. It is a sort of lacquer that you apply, let dry, and then top with a gloss. It’s very long-wearing and comfortable to wear (I describe it as a lacquer, but it   doesn’t feel heavy or sticky at all), and I love not having to worry about my lipstick fading, smearing, or bleeding. I wear the color Blu Red–Christina Aguilera wears the same shade, in fact. I first heard about the product when I read an interview with her.

 For traditional lipstick, my two tips are to outline and fill your lips with a matching lipliner, and to blot your lips after applying the lipcolor. I usually apply a layer of color, blot, apply a second layer of color, and blot again. You can also lightly dust translucent powder on your lips (over a sheet of tissue) to help lock the color in place even more. My favorite traditional lipstick shades are Besame Red Hot Red and Besame American Beauty. Revlon also makes some lovely reds that have been around since the 1950s.”

From Dollie Deville, pin up model and darling doll of the Rockabilly Socialite Blog
Dollie the Rockabilly Socialite

Dollie the Rockabilly Socialite

“My favorite lipstick is Red Hot Red by Besame. I read that it was a recreation of the color Marilyn Monroe wore. It has a nice med red tone, not too blue and not too orange. My tip for making lipstick last is to apply a matching liner underneath. Line the lips and fill them in. Then lipstick over that. I like to over line the outer edges of my top lip in a very heart shape. I don’t like the top lip too pointy! Another good trick is to apply translucent loose powder over your lipstick to set it, then apply another coat over that. Your lipstick will last forever! “


Anyone else with helpful tips on keeping your red lipstick lasting please fee free to share!

Have a glamorous day !

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Jacqueline Cochran Stackable Makeup-1947


This ad caught my eye while browsing through a Vogue Magazine from 1947.  It’s for a stackable makeup kit by Jacqueline Cochran Cosmetics called the “Perk Up Stick.”   I was fascinated by the product because I love the idea of a portable little beauty kit that can fit right in your overnight bag or purse.  It includes just enough cleansing cream, foundation, night cream, cream rouge and face powder to last the weekend!    It’s so adorable, and practical,  that I started looking for something modern that can compare, so I could get one for myself.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.

perk up stick makeup jackie cochran

1947-Jacqueline Cochran Perk Up Stick Stakable Makeup Kit

I had never heard of this line of cosmetics, so I did some research into the brand.  Well it turns out  that  Jacqueline Cochran was a heck of a lot more than just the owner of a successful cosmetics company.  So much more, in fact,  that I’m embarrassed to say her name wasn’t familiar to me.

She was also an aviatrix who is considered one of the most talented race pilots of her generation!  Not a small feat for someone who began her flying career in the 1930s, which wasn’t exactly the height of the women’s liberation movement!  And she grew up in extremely disadvantaged circumstances, which makes her accomplishments that much more impressive.   From day one nothing was going to stop this fearless, fiesty female from attaining her goals.

Here’s just a SHORT list of some of her amazing achievements.

1. In 1937  broke the speed record for flight from New York to Miami.
2. Won Bendix Trophy Race in 1938, which is a famous transcontinental race from California to Ohio.
3. In 1939 she set a new international altitude and speed record, and became the first woman to make a blind landing.
4. She received the Clifford Burke Harmon Trophy for most outstanding female flier of the year 15 times!
5. In 1944 the first civilian woman to ever receive a distinguished service medal for organizing and leading the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots.

So she did all this, and more,  while also running her own company.  Holy cow! Makes me feel positively inept.

Anyway,  it completely explains why the text in the ad says “everything you need for a compeltely “fresh face” at a moments notice. Your wings to beauty travels with you.”

So I went a-googling to see if there are any companies who now make something even remotely similar. There are a few that sell stackable mineral makeup like the the ones below from HoneyBee Gardens.  Their little pots of portable,  mineral makeup can be twisted together to travel with you, and used as eyeshadows, eyeliners and blushes.  It’s totally vegan and does not contain any icky chemicals.  Very nice!

honey bee gardens mineral makeup

Honey Bee Gardens Stackable Mineral Makeup

But, because I can’t go anywhere without my lipstick, I was wondering how that could be incorporated into a little beauty stack too.
So another good option is to buy MAC’s Stackable Cosmetic Jars and fill them up with whatever you  need to make yourself gorgeous. You can de-tube your lipstick into one of these little pots. Just don’t forget your lipbrush!

MAC stackable jars

MAC Stackable Cosmetic Jars

If anyone else  is aware of other types of stackable makeups, please be sure to include it in a comment.  Thanks:)

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Fun and Fact Filled Vintage Fashion Site


Just discovered this amazing site called Miss Vintage.   It’s a must visit for anyone who loves vintage style.  It is an attractively designed and informative look into the world of classic glamour.  Chock full of visually stunning pages covering beauty tips, hairstyles, formal wear,  style icons, vintage shopping advice and so much more.  You could get lost on this site for hours!  Then you can even join the forum at their Vintage Style Network  to dish about your favorite subject,  vintage fashion!  A little piece of heaven on the web for the vintage loving fashionista.

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