Who isn’t a fan of kissing? Nothing gets our hearts racing and inspires romantic illusions of grandeur quite like a great lip-lock. Besides getting stuck with a bad smooching partner — the worst —the only downside to kissing that we can think of is the mess that is left on your face afterwards. You girls know what we’re referring to: smeared lipstick, smudged eyeliner, mussed-up mane, etc. We want to help you break the cycle of an unpleasant kissing aftermath, so we’ve come up with five kiss-proof makeup products to stock up on before your next hot date. Don’t pucker up without ’em!
Primer When it comes to kissing, smeared or faded lipstick can’t really be helped. Or can it? Keep your post-smooch pout vibrant by prepping it with a strong base product. Not only does primer make for long-lasting, kiss-proof color, but it also helps prevent feathering, bleeding and lip dehydration.
Product Recommendations:Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in La Base, YSL Beauty Dessin des Lévres
Long-Lasting Lipstick This one is a no-brainer, ladies. There’s a reason terms like “long-wear” and “long-lasting” are included in a lipstick title or description — because the product is designed to stand the test of time (or, at the very least, past your makeout sesh)!
Product Recommendations:Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick, Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick
Lip Liner We like to think of lip liner as an invisible fence of sorts for lipstick. It basically keeps your color from going into uncharted territory even in the most smudge-worthy circumstances. Make sure to line that pout with a natural or invisible lip liner to make sure your lipstick doesn’t spoil a romantic moment by giving you that unattractive “Kool-Aid mustache” effect.
Non-Smearing Eye Products
If your kissing sesh is one for the books, chances are your eyes will be closed for a while. Unfortunately, this can do a number on your mascara and eyeliner, leaving you looking like a raccoon (which just might negatively affect your chances at more smooching in the future). Fight the power and equip yourself with long-lasting, waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Get ready to close those eyes and pucker up!
Clean-Up Crew OK, so let’s say you’ve made your face as kiss-proof as possible, and yet your face still looks a little smudged after the fact. Don’t worry, post-kissy face is a totally fixable problem if you have one miracle item on hand: cleansing wipes. Just excuse yourself for a minute (it’ll give your kissing partner a moment to bask in the memory of your lip-lock), get to the ladies’ room, clean up your eyes and mouth and you’ll look good as new!