Wedding day Lipstick that will.not.budge.

Earrings on repeat

The only lipstick primer I’ve used, unless I’m totally forgetting something, is MAC prep + prime. It’s something I was sold years and years ago and I just decided that was going to be it.

I forgot to pack it when I headed up north for the summer festivities, including my sister’s wedding! So I ran over to the store one day and began looking around for lipstick primers.

So I looked. . .

and I looked. . .

And I found that not a lot of brands carry lipstick primer, either that or I just couldn’t easily find them.

I finally asked for help and was directed over to the Too Faced section. I picked up the lip insurance primer and went on my way.

I was so pleased with how it made my ALREADY long-wear lipstick last that I had to share it with you today!

I’m recreating this, of course, but this was my 2 step lipstick routine for my sister’s wedding day in which I didn’t have to reapply ONE SINGLE TIME!

First, on dry lips apply a thin later of Too Faced Lip Insurance primer. Let dry for 15 seconds.

Next, apply lip color of choice! I went with my new favorite from NARS (in shade “sex machine”) which is, in itself, already very long-wearing.

Then live and enjoy perfect lipstick for at least 6-8 hours.

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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 08.09.17

15 seconds is a quick time for drying! Must-try!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Vanda says · 08.09.17

What is the name of your Nars lip color? It looks gorgeous on you! It’s not showing up for me in the link. Thank you!

says · 08.09.17

Hi Vanda! The shade is “sex machine” 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Jessica says · 08.09.17

Does it feel sticky or drying once it’s on? That is always my issue with long-wear lipstick.

Kathy says · 08.09.17

Please, what is the NARS lip color?

says · 08.09.17

Hi Kathy! The shade is “sex machine” 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Alyssa says · 08.09.17

I have to say I’m totally eyeing your nail color! It looks like the perfect neon red.

Paige says · 08.09.17

I’m totally going to have to try this!


Emily says · 08.09.17

I think this is probably a dumb question, but as a person who wears lipstick about twice a year…it lasts even through eating and drinking?

chelsea says · 08.09.17

I use their Shadow Insurance eye makeup primer and it is pretty great as well! Excited to try this!

Liz says · 08.09.17

If both were available, would you purchase the MAC or the Too Faced lip primer? Still looking forward to seeing pics from your sister’s wedding! 😊

Lisa says · 08.09.17

I’m curious too!

Kay Nguyen says · 08.09.17

Love this shade, it goes so well with your skin tone! Thanks for sharing <3

Natalie Helms says · 08.09.17

What is your nail color? I love it!!

Krystal // The Krystal Diaries says · 08.09.17

Oh I have to try this lipstick primer. I’ve been using one from Bite but I don’t love and it kind of drys out my lips.

Lindsey says · 08.09.17

I will definitely try this! I love the look of lipstick, but I usually skip it altogether because I never have time to reapply during the day.

Vivian says · 08.09.17

I absolutely love Sex Machine by Nars! It’s such a great color on so many skin tones. It looks so much different on my lips though than it does in your photos! It is more light, dusty rose pink.

Kim says · 08.09.17

That’s a beautiful color! I’m going to a wedding in a few weeks so I needed this!

Kim – summer pastels!

Mandy says · 08.09.17

I’ve found the Nars lip crayons to be, well, not very long wearing. (On me.) I wonder if a primer would change this?

April says · 08.09.17

Have you tried the lip primer with the Nars velvet lip glides as well? I would be curious if it would work with that too.

Mollie says · 08.09.17

HI Kate – have you found that this still works when you have a glossy lipstick or just matte?

Molly says · 08.09.17

What us your nail color?? I love it!!

Mary says · 08.10.17

Totally off topic… have you tried Origin’s Vitazing? It’s a great tinted moisturizer, starts out sort of a pale green/gray and instantly adjusts to match your skin tone. LOVE IT!

Katie says · 08.10.17

How was you sister’s wedding? How come whenever you go anywhere where you really need to look great you forget an important makeup product? it happens to me EVERY TIME. I need to get some of that primer, I can’t stand constantly checking and reapplying lipstick, so I usually just don’t wear it.

Megan says · 08.10.17

Kate, have you tried lipsense? I have heard so many mixed reviews, I’d love to hear your take on it!

Kate says · 08.11.17

I have but it isn’t for me! Didn’t like the feeling or alcohol taste!

Kathy says · 08.15.17

What am I doing wrong?? I bought this in the hopes it would work at keeping my lipstick from transferring. I used it, then put my lipstick on, kissed my son goodbye and he had a huge lipstick mark on his forehead. HELP!!!! What am I doing wrong. I really want this to work.

Natalie says · 08.15.17

Fab! This sounds like a great product.