Lip Love: Long-wear Lip Primers

As many of you may already know, my husband serves proudly in the US Marine Corps, and for weeks now I have been anxiously awaiting the Marine Corps Ball.  This is the time of year where everyone gets dressed in their finest, the Marines in their iconic dress blue uniforms and their dates in beautiful dresses or handsome suits.  It is an evening full of pageantry, tradition, and ceremony, coupled with wild celebrating fueled by spirited imbibements (Did I just make up a word?). While many have been stressing over what-in-the-world to wear on the big night, I have been dreaming up what my makeup look will be.  Up here in Maryland, autumn is in full swing.  The leaves have changed and are carpeting the ground.  Everything has a beautiful amber glow, and there is a distinct crispness in the air.  Since the beginning of fall, I have been obsessed with one of the hottest colors of the season:  oxblood red lips, a deeper and richer version of the red lips that have been so popular over the past year.  This color is beautifully portrayed in the cover photo shown above right here on the Dollface website.  So what better inspiration for my ball look?


Much like eye shadow primers, lip primer helps to lock your lip color and liner in place to ensure long-lasting wear.  Lip primers go on transparently and are typically wax based.  It fills in fine lines on the surface of your lips for smooth lipstick application and is an excellent material for your product to adhere to.  Applying a lip primer before your liner and lip color creates a barrier to prevent your lip color from bleeding and feathering.  Finally, primers help to lock in your lip’s moisture and work to keep your color looking vibrant.  A few of my favorites are Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector ($18), Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion ($20), and e.l.f. Studio Lip Lock Pencil ($3).

I take the job of being arm candy for my husband very seriously.  On a night full of eating, drinking, and merriment, I feel confident rocking a bold, oxblood red lip knowing my lip primer will keep me from looking a hot mess.

I hope all of our Marine Dolls, past and present, had an excellent 237th birthday!  Semper Fi!

<3, Melissa

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