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Long-wearing lipsticks are a staple in the low-maintenance beauty bag. It's only when you need to remove the color from your lips that it requires a bit of work. Formulas such as L'Oreal's Infallible Lipcolor adhere to the lips like a stain. They are formulated to last through meals and remain transfer-proof -- which also makes them resistant to mild cleansers and alcohol-based makeup removers. Long-wearing makeup breaks down best with the help of oil, so look for help in your kitchen cupboard.

Pour a dime-sized amount of olive oil onto a clean cotton pad.

Close your lips and gently smooth the cotton pad over the lipstick using small circular motions. Continue until the lipstick has separated and combined with the oil on your lips.

Soak a clean wash cloth in warm water and use it to gently wipe your lips to remove all residue.

Measure 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey into a bowl. Mix the ingredients with a spoon until they combine completely and form a scrub.

Dip your fingertip into the scrub and gently smooth it over your lips using small circular motions. Completely coat your lips to allow the brown sugar to scrub away the stain, and the olive oil and honey to soothe your lips.

Soak a cotton cloth with warm water and gently wipe the scrub from your lips. Apply a layer of lip balm to lock in moisture.


Use coconut or commercial cleansing oils instead olive oil, if you like.

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Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.