Lipstick takes the No. 1 spot on our list of beauty products we would need if we were stranded on a desert island. Okay, sunscreen too — but of all the beauty products out there, lipstick is definitely the easiest to use. It takes less than a minute to swipe on, and you need little else to feel pulled together. Depending on the shade, you can instantly portray unabashed confidence, vampy mystery, or a dalliance for all things quirky.
But we've definitely had some mishaps when it comes to application. I mean, if you haven't experienced at least one mortifying lipstick-on-your-teeth moment, you're an anomaly, my friend. To keep your lipstick game on point, we tapped expert makeup artist Deanna Melluso to share her top tips and tricks, including how to make your color last for hours, feel comfortable, and of course, stay off those pearly whites. Start with your favorite product or signature shade (we've been reaching for the seriously moisturizing lineup of Burt's Bees Lipsticks), and pucker up.