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Thanks to the reader that asked, "What are some affordable long-lasting lipsticks?"

When it comes to beauty and make-up, it’s important to feel sexy and confident. The face is a canvas and you are the artist. Enhance what your mama gave ya.

But what can really deter the artistic process of beauty is a lipstick that flakes, dries out or doesn’t stay on. No one wants to have a steamy kiss or eat a turkey sandwich and leave half of their lipstick behind.

Any makeup addict knows some brands are much more expensive than others. But does more money mean better quality? Not necessarily. There are some reasonably priced lip lacquers that wont annihilate a thrifty budget.

Drag queen and makeup artist Jeffree Star has a fantastic lipstick line with an array of different shades including baby blue, pale pink, neon shades, chrome shades, nudes and traditional lipstick colors. Each shade has a unique, playful name like “Doll Party,” “Unicorn Blood,” “Nude Beach” and “Alien Tears.” The lipsticks are cruelty free, which means they are not tested on animals.

According to Influencer makeup reviews, one application can last eight to 10 hours or longer if you don’t smoke or eat greasy foods. The product earned 4.69 out of 5 stars. Product user Alecia Lunzzer posted “I played two ultimate frisbee games, during the dead of summer, with it on and it survived. Didn't move at all. I couldn't believe it. It could probably survive an explosion!”

Jeffree Star's makeup line also offers lip scrubs, lip liner and liquid lipstick. The choices are overwhelming. Sold singly, each lipstick is $18 and eight-piece mini lipstick sets are $52. If you want to shine like a diamond and be the disco ball at the party, don't forget the shimmer highlighter to go with your perfect pout.

Mellow is another long-lasting lipstick brand that claims to stay put all day, though the reviews are more mixed than Jeffree Star's cosmetics. Mellow is a cruelty free, vegan and paraben-free product. The company offers creamy matte lipstick, liquid lip paint, gel lip pencils, and lipstick sets. Sold singly, lipsticks are $15, liquid lip paint is $16 and lip liners are $12. Shades are less alternative than Jeffree Star's make-up line. The collection includes a variety of different classic hues such as red, pink, brown, purple, orange and nude. If you are going for a more natural look, this may be the better pick.

According to Amazon customer reviews, Mellow earned 4.2 out of 5 stars. The most common customer complaint is that "nude" shades are too pink. But who doesn't want to be a pink princess?

What ever your look, be it goth, preppy, chic or hippy, love your lips and love your self.