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Answer Angel: Search for lasting lipstick, mascara

Ellen Warren, Tribune News Service on

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I am turning to you to solve my two biggest makeup problems.

First: Is there any lipstick that really, REALLY stays on? For hours? For a whole evening? I’d even settle for one that lasts through an entire meal? Every lipstick I have ever used needs to be reapplied after even a few sips of coffee. It would seem that this would not be hard to find but … so far, no good.

Second question: Does there exist in the world a mascara that stays put through a long evening? Again, every one I have bought with high hopes on the recommendation of friends, beauty podcasters, bloggers and alleged experts has disappointed me.

--Judy C.

Dear Judy: I can tell you what works for me. After years of searching and disappointment, my current favorite for long-lasting lipstick is not only readily available but well-priced: Maybelline Superstay Vinyl Ink (it’s shiny) and Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink (not shiny at all) (drugstores,, Target, Walmart, under $10).

My go-to mascara is essence Lash Princess waterproof that lives up to its claim of “false lash effect.” Even better, it is crazy inexpensive, under $6 (drugstores, Amazon, Walmart, Ulta).


You didn’t ask, but the most effective makeup remover for eyes and lips that I’ve found is Clinique take the day at department stores, Ulta, Sephora and more.

Let’s hear from readers about their favorites in these two categories -- or why/if you disagree with me.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: “ Although I use moisturizer cream on my neck, as I age my neck is getting super wrinkly. I don’t really want to have surgery on my neck. Is there an effective anti-wrinkle treatment that I could use?”

--Sign me “Turkey Neck”


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