This spring, one of the biggest trends we saw on the runway was a bold pop of pink on the lips. We’re not discriminatory when it comes to different lip colors (we’ll try anything from oxblood to orange), but there’s one thing we take very seriously: making our lipstick last. Regardless of whether you’re wearing a nude shade or you’re braving a fuchsia color, there’s nothing more frustrating than leaving your house with a perfect pout and needing to adjust and reapply an hour later after two sips of coffee. For this reason, we knew we had to share our secrets for how to make your lipstick last all day (and night) long, no matter which brand of lipstick you use.
By taking the time to do the extra steps of prep for your lips, you’ll save yourself the frustration of the hourly reapplication of your lipstick. From reverse lip liner to setting your hue with a translucent powder, these are the lipstick secrets we swear by. Take a minute to learn the proper way to keep your lips looking great all day and you’ll never apply lipstick the same way again – we promise.
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Here's our complete step-by-step on how to make your lipstick last all day, no matter which lipstick you use!
Step 1: Exfoliate. If you're able to exfoliate and keep your lips hydrated with Vaseline all night, that's the ideal first step, but sometimes that's just not possible. Dampen your lips and use an exfoliator, like this one from Philosophy, applying the product and rubbing lips gently with a toothbrush. Clean your lips with a damp washcloth once you're finished.
(Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub, $16, Drugstore.com)
Step 2: Use Concealer. Like using a base on your eyelid before shadow, putting concealer down as a foundation before lipstick helps the color to stick and set to your lips. For the best results, use a waterproof concealer for a lasting effect.
(Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer, $22, Sephora.com)
Step 3: Reverse Lip Line. You can use a traditional lip liner as well, but we highly suggest using a reverse lip liner, like the Wonder Pencil, before applying color. By lining the outer lines of your pout, a barrier is formed so the lipstick can't bleed over the edges of your lips. This step is incredibly crucial and forgotten all too often.
(NYX Wonder Pencil, $4.50, NYXCosmetics.com)
Step 4: Use a Lip Brush. Though a lip brush isn't necessary all the time, using one will give you greater control and precision when applying your color of choice. We love this retractible one because it stores in a makeup bag without an exposed brush, which leads to lipstick getting everywhere. Remember to clean your brush about once every two weeks, if not more often.
(Retractible Lip Brush, $10, Sephora.com)
Step 5: Blot. After you apply the first layer of color with your brush, take a tissue and lightly blot your lips to take off any excess oil and product.
(Kleenex Tissues, $2.39, Drugstore.com)
Step 6: Apply Translucent Powder. Once you've blotted away excess oils from your lips, use your finger to apply a translucent powder over your lips to set and seal the color. By using a powder, the lipstick is less likely to slip or fade.
(Loose Setting Powder, $35, LauraMercier.com)
Step 7: Apply Your Last Coat. Again with your lip brush, apply lipstick over the top of the translucent powder. This final coat will be your last step, and has no chance of budging with the solid foundation you set up for your lips.
(CoverGirl Lip Perfection, $6.99, CoverGirl.com)