I love make-up, I enjoy putting it on, wearing it, experimenting with it and I like that it helps wake up my face. However it can get a bit confusing when deciding what brand to buy - unless you have tip from the top.

SO I am very excited to introduce a new series of posts from the very talented, experienced and knowledgable make-up artist (to the stars) Tahira.  

Tahira will be doing a series of posts sharing her impartial advice, tried and tested methods and tips that she has learnt from having over 17 years experience in the business.  First up is Lipstick:


I love a good lipstick. I love a lipstick that lasts for hours even better. Who has time for touch ups when you are juggling a toddler tantrum and homework? Here are my top 5 high impact high pigment long lasting lip solutions. Remember, a bright lip distracts from a tired eye!

I will say that ALL lipsticks last longer when applied to dry, balm free lips. In general Matte formulations last longer, even if they are not specifically long last formulas. A trick to making your lippy last is to use a matching lip pencil first all over the lip and then applying the lipstick. PS. My fave lip balm is 100% Lanolin. You can try Dr Lipp, or the lavender tube for breastfeeding (wink!)

  1. Rouge Armani: I know they are more expensive but I SWEAR I have had one tube of lipstick for 2 years and I wear the colour AT Least once a week. Think of it as an investment piece. They come in a huge array of colours, but I think the brighter ones tend to last longer. My shade is 402.

  2. Stila Stay all Day Vinyl Gloss: I confess that it does not actually stay ALL day, mostly due to the fact that my days are about 18 hours long, but I really love this lasting colour. It stays shiny for quite some time and really does hold its pigment. I have poppy and fuchsia.

  3. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick: This liquid lipstick does not work at all with a balm underneath, however, on dry lips, REALLY lasts and has lovely pigment. It goes on wet, a bit like paint and then dries, so you need to get the shape right away, but it really works. My shade is Icon.