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A Lip Stain That Stays On for Pretty Much Everything

Except heavy makeout sessions.

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Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in an orange-pink color
Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Crush, $28

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When Racked started to invest time and energy in Facebook Live earlier this year, we were given a rundown of details both big (like how to actually do it) and small (like how important it is to wear a red lip so you don’t look washed out). The team really took that last point to heart, and now we all have our “camera-ready reds” on hand for shoot days. But mine isn’t just camera-ready; it’s life-ready. (Well, almost — keep reading.)

I swiped my Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream ($28) off the freebie table at an unpaid internship many moons ago — I know, I know, I need to replace it. The color I wear is called Sancerre (it’s not currently available, but Crush is really close); it starts out as a bright red and morphs into a flattering hot pink after several hours, so I don’t need to worry about reapplying the highly-pigmented formula in bad bar bathroom lighting late at night (read: a few drinks in).

I spend a solid few minutes with the following application steps to keep it on my lips and off my straws and forks: Start by carefully tracing the lip outline with the cushy applicator, then fill in and blot and wait a minute for it to dry. Then slick it on thick, mashing the lips together to really let that color sink in before blotting again to a matte finish. Top it off with a powder highlighter, dusting in the center to both cement it in and add a subtle shine. Try to avoid drinking anything immediately after to let it dry — so finish off the pregame beverage before following the aforementioned steps, then head out the door.

The Cashmere Lip Cream is so strong that I have to use a different makeup remover to get it out of my creases; our beauty writer, Cheryl, recommended an oil-based one, so I chose S.W. Basics, and I always follow up with a balm. Another quick removal method? Make out with a person of your choosing! (Get consent first.) Saliva’s a pretty good removal agent, apparently. But don’t let said person put their now-colored lips on any of your clothes, especially if they’re dry clean only — just trust me on this one.

Shop It Here Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream, $28