With holiday party season in full swing, there’s nothing like a bold red lip to get you in the right mindset and the right mood. But how to make lipstick stay in place—and away from your teeth—through multiple sips of champagne? We asked the makeup artist behind Dakota Johnson’s epic bold pout, Pati Dubroff, to share her method for achieving the perfect lip—and making it last until the party’s over.
First and foremost: Prime the area. “Prepping with a light balm is important but needs to be done in advance,” says Dubroff, who suggests letting the balm absorb to properly moisturize the skin before applying any color. If lips are feeling a little dry, try buffing the flakes away with a toothbrush and a lip scrub, like Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish. Once lips are clean and excess balm has been wiped away, “apply a base coat of color straight from the tube to the center of the lip,” Dubroff says, and “press lightly with your finger to distribute over the whole area.” Then, to hold the color in place, define the lips with a pencil of the same shade.
Next, add another layer of lipstick, then blot with tissue to help remove leftover pigment. To make the lipstick last even longer, repeat this process a few times to ensure that the color is pressed and locked into the skin. Finish off with a light dusting of loose translucent powder applied with a small brush along the edges of the lips to guarantee a flake-free look that won’t budge—even through mistletoe kisses.