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Lipstick can be one of the most fun makeup products in the game but also the most intimidating to apply. One minute, we’re feeling ourselves in a bright purple lipstick, and the next, our faces looks like they survived a popsicle-themed food fight.

So, in honor of International Kissing Day (which is today, sweet babies), we chatted with celebrity makeup artist Lori Hamlin, who has worked with huge stars like the ridiculously glamorous Mariah Carey and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi.

In celebration of International Kissing Day, Hamlin gave us some pointers on how to baby your lips and a few of her go-to products.

First off, Hamlin told HelloGiggles over email how important it is to keep our lips hydrated. ESPECIALLY if we’re regularly applying color.

She said,

Beyond keeping your lips healthy and youthful, Hamlin also shared that thoroughly moisturizing your lips is a good way to make lip color last longer. So it’s a win-win all around.

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According to Hamlin, another one of the crucial pieces of maintaining long-lasting lip color is coating the outside of your lips with powder or foundation. That way, you don’t have to worry about the color potentially bleeding.

She says,

While Hamlin obviously has her go-to products for optimal lip techniques, the same principles of moisturizing, applying powder outside the lip, and layering your colors can also be applied to whatever makeup you have at home!