Color Pout All Day Long!!!

Whether it’s a red pout or a purple we all LOOOOOVE our lipstick!! Some of us even rely on it to look presentable 😉 the right lipstick color can add so much character to a look and give us an instant confidence boost that we all deserve. BUT… what’s the one problem we all face regarding this magic confidence booster?

THEY DON’T LAST FOR LONG!!! Whether it’s a big brand product or a drug store product it never lasts long after applying!! Yes each brand has its own holding time but as a whole I still haven’t come across any product that can last for a considerable amount of time without any changes. So every now and then I have to engage in the tiring task of touch up.  And sometimes the situation is so that I can’t even do that. You can’t be dabbing your lips in the middle of a formal meeting.. can you?

A few days ago I faced this problem while attending a wedding.. By the time I entered the venue the awesome red pout I had was gone.. Disappeared.. Vanished. just Leaving this “ghost” of the original color… Not pretty at all!! Sooooo… I did a little bit of research about how to make your lipstick last longer after applying and these are a few easy tricks that I found that might help.

Exfoliate

Who knew that you should exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick! (At least I didn’t) so basically you should exfoliate your lips lightly using may be a soft toothbrush to remove those dead skin before you go on about applying your favorite color.. (But don’t overdo it, because exfoliating too often may lead to dryness of lips. Do it may be once or twice a week)

Moisturize

Once you’re done with your exfoliation moisturize your lips with a lip balm and remove the excess balm. Removal of excess is crucial since if your lips are too oily the lipstick want stick.

Powder them lips

After you are done applying the lip liner and filling the lip with lipstick place a thin 1ply tissue on your lips and then using a soft brush dust a little bit of powder on top of the tissue. A minute amount of powder will go through the pores of the tissue and on to your lips to fix the lip color. Don’t apply too much powder or else it will form clumps and look dry after a while. One you are done with powdering apply a thin coat of lipstick again to seal the deal.

Stay Alert

Yes! STAY ALERT!! Don’t bite, lick your lips or wipe your lips or do anything that might transfer the color from your lips.

And most importantly,

Treat your lips right…

If your lips are dry, cracked or damaged the chances of lipstick lasting long on them are slight. So keep them lips healthy!! Use lip balm regularly, use only lip products that suite your lips and most importantly once your back home clean your lips properly to remove the remaining color. Also follow the basics such as Drinking water, avoid excess amounts of salty food that may lead to dryness of lips, avoid licking your lips (believe it or not licking dries your lips), and avoid pealing your lips (A habit that we all are not proud of).

Follow these easy rules and let your lips shine!!

Note- This is not a fault proof method sadly. So yah you will have to do touch ups with time. But it want be as much as before. That’s a relief right?

Hope this post is helpful and if you have any tips on this subject feel free to comment and let us know what you think…

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Yokohama style

Yokohama a port city located on the main island of Honshu. Japan, is a major commercial hub as well as a popular tourist destination. The moment you set foot in Yokohama you are captivated by its magnificent sky scrapers, grand port and by the vibrant China town. Other than these obvious attractions, the fashion and style adorned by the locals are eye catching and not to mention breathe taking. Trust me when I say, you can sit in a corner of Landmark plaza shopping mall in Minato-Mirai and obsess about the street style of Yokohama for hours on end. It’s so mesmerizing…

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Minato-Mirai at night

 

If you are anything like me, the first thing that you will notice in Yokohama is that it has a very distinct street style, dominated by cool colors like cream, blues, grays and white. And these shades are combined with just a hint of warm shades such as red, yellow to add character. I’m someone who loves warm colors and loud prints but Yokohama made me fall in love with cool shades and more minimalist bound style and taught me how to combine cool shades together in one outfit. I personally feel that the style and fashion of Yokohama must be influenced by the fact that it’s a port city. To me the clothing styles and colors leans more towards navy inspired styles and colors.

Minato-Mirai 21 being a cosmopolitan hub is constantly filled with people wearing formal to smart casual outfits during the mornings and evenings hours.  Office wear is dominated by cool colors and they look absolutely fabulous, clean and crisp. The cuts, the detailing and the fit on most clothing pieces which you come across in this city are a fashion lover’s dream come true. I’m pretty sure that many thought that I was downright weird for staring at their cloths, but meh.. the embarrassment was worth it. The magnitude of inspiration and ideas that you can collect by just observing the people passing you is unbelievable. From a simple flair skirt to a palazzo pant, to print, to color, to cut.. everything is just breathtaking (Literally !! )

Yokohama is the proud owner of the largest China town in Japan and it is located in central Yokohama. Filled with Chinese stores and restaurants it has a total different atmosphere compared to other parts of Yokohama. Colorful streets filled with food vendors.. small stalls selling little Chinese trinkets.. cheap shopping.. trust me it’s a shoppers paradise. Fashionable hats to pretty scarves to Chinese dresses, this place can give any fashion loving person the feels. The street style of china town was more relaxed in terms of color and styles, may be because people come to this area to relax, enjoy and do a bit of shopping.

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China Town in all its red and gold glory

 

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Mornings in China Town

Yokohama has definitely inspired me in a “fashionable” way with its inborn fashion and style.  The use of cool colors in one outfit, the greatness of minimalist style, and how to rock an office outfit are a few things that I picked up regarding fashion and style during my stay. Other than fashion, Yokohama has so much to offer to any travel loving person and I think it’s one of those cities that you SHOULD add to your travel list.