5 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Look Using Only ChapStick


Day-to-night makeup always seems great in theory—until you realize you forgot half the contents of your makeup bag back at home. Next time you need to step it up a notch, ChapStick ambassador and celebrity makeup artist Matin (he works with Rachel Bilson) says that trusty, space-saving, classic ChapStick can lend a hand, no skill required.

Prime for Pigment

Bump up your look by using a full-bodied pigmented lipstick at night, as opposed to a sheer one to work. “If opting for a matte lip, always prime with a lip balm to prevent lips from drying.”

Touch It Up

Matin says ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint ($5; it comes in three shades) can really help retouch your lip color when you’re out. “First, if wearing a similar color pigmented lipstick, bring the closest matching Moisture + Tint shade on-the-go to use for touchups on top of the lipstick. Not only is it more forgiving than lipstick, but it also hydrates the lips and contains premium ingredients such as jojoba oil and rosehip oil.”


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Mix Your Own Color

“You can also use tinted balms as a base to lipstick to hydrate the lips and add a hint alluring color to the lips before adding a lipstick on top to create a whole new color.”

Don’t Miss the Scrub Step

“Always be sure to take a few minutes to scrub the lips before applying a lipstick. All you need is warm water, a washcloth and ChapStick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub ($5) to leave lips feeling soft and smooth.”


Keep These Three Picks at Your Desk

Of course, if you want to focus on more than just your lips, Matin recommends investing in these three makeup musts: “If going with a sheer lip, try adding on an intense kajal liner or smoky eye shadow to add drama to your look. I also recommend investing in a contour stick and a small blending brush to quickly add some definition to the face. And always keep a tube of volumizing mascara on hand to give your eyes a quick and easy pop.”

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