I’ve had a love-hate relationship with lipstick for the last two years. I love red lipstick and apply it perfectly in the morning, even using a matching lip liner to outline and fill in my lips first. But it never fails that once I take a mouthful of yogurt at work, my spoon is wearing most of my lipstick. I can’t stand to see lipstick marks on utensils, glasses, or napkins, especially if I’m the smudgy culprit. What I hate more, though, is having lipstick on my teeth and no one telling me. So I was pretty psyched to try out L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Stars Collection in Beyonce Red, a very vibrant red suitable for life in the limelight and on stage. The Infallible lip color basecoat and topcoat are housed in a handy-dandy compact that functions as a mirror in a pinch too. Although the name suggests this cosmetic is incapable of error, there are some rules to follow.The first rule is don’t apply your normal lip balm or salve before applying the lip color basecoat. Why? Well, your color won’t stick to your lips and will peel off. No one wants red pigment that looks like peeling skin on their lips. Two, apply a lip liner in a similar color, if you have a hard time staying within the lines of your lip. Since Infallible is a long-lasting lip product, any smudges will be hard to erase on the go. The patented wand makes application easy, though. After you’ve applied the color to your lips, resist all urges to smack or rub your lips together — this too will also cause peeling. It’s a similar effect to what happens when you keep brushing over acrylic paint when it’s drying: the color rubs off. Don’t worry, you will feel the basecoat drying, and then it’s time to apply the balm-based topcoat, which will not only keep your lips feeling moist and shiny but will also lock in the color. And when I say lock, I mean lock. I applied Infallible around 8:30 a.m. and never reapplied it, yet my lips remained perfectly pouty until after 11 p.m., when I washed my face. Speaking of washing your face, you have to use an oil-based makeup remover to rid your lips of Infallible. Or you can do what I, an avid lip exfoliator, did: rub your finger vigorously across your wet lips until the product peels off.
If Beyonce Red isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Infallible is available in more than 30 shades. [$11.49, Ulta]
Photo: L’Oreal Paris