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How can I make my lips feel more hydrated when wearing a lip stain? I feel like they completely dry out my pout.
Much like the advice that a flawless complexion begins with great skin and not foundation, lip-stain preparation begins with healthy, smooth lips, which doesn't necessarily require the most expensive stain.
First, begin using a nightly lip treatment. I prefer Lancôme Primordiale Lip Treatment ($35, lancome-usa.com), which not only hydrates, but also fills in, plumps, and hydrates better than a balm.
When removing your makeup at night, gently rub a washcloth over your lips, or use a toothbrush to remove any remnants of the day's lip color. In the morning while you're getting ready, apply a hydrating balm and let it sit (Try Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6, sephora.com). Keep in mind that you shouldn't have anything too sticky on your lips prior to applying a stain, as it will clog the tip of the applicator. Apply the stain once your lips are smooth, then slick on a balm (not a gloss) to give your pout some hydration that will wear evenly throughout the day. (Gloss tends to become tacky as it wears off.)
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