How To: Make Your Lipstick Last



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A question that I have been asked countless times is: How do I make my lipstick last? Below I outline how to do just that.

Prep and prime. If your lips are smooth and free of flakes, not only will anything you put on them last longer, it will also look a million times better. Exfoliating your lips regularly is imperative. You can use a baby toothbrush solely for the purpose of exfoliating your lips, a retail lip scrub, a DIY lip scrub, or a clean mascara spoolie for removing dead, dull skin.

Exercise caution. I have yet to meet a “long wear” lipstick I liked. I find them to be drying and uncomfortable to wear as many contain high amounts of alcohol. I prefer traditional lipsticks in a matte, satin, or amplified finish. Matte lipsticks will last the longest as they contain the least amount of moisture and some, like M.A.C. Ruby Woo, contain kaolin clay for increased longevity.

Stronger longer. Color selection also affects lipsticks longevity. Darker or brighter shades last longer than lighter shades as they contain more pigment.

Line and fill in. Lip liner or lip pencil is key in making your lipstick last longer. It gives your lipstick or lip gloss something to adhere to. Choose a color that best matches your own natural lip color and you can wear it with any lipstick or lip gloss. Gone are the antiquated days of matching your lip liner to your lipstick. Lightly trace and fill in your lips with lip pencil for longevity and to avoid the dreaded “ring around the mouth” look. Layering lip liner under lipstick ensures your lips always have some color as the lipstick fades.

Pucker up. You get maximum color payoff if you apply your lipstick directly from the tube, so skip the lip brush. Blot your lipstick with a coffee filter {it doesn’t leave lint like tissue or toilet paper} to make a stain and then apply another coat of lipstick.

Powder to set. Powder is fantastic because it truly makes any creamy product last longer-lipstick included. If it’s a special occasion or photo op, and you really want your lipstick to last, follow the aforementioned steps and apply a thin, light layer of powder over your lips before your second follow up coat of lipstick. You can use face powder, or another option is an eye shadow or blush that best matches your lipstick.

How do you make your lipstick last?

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What is everyone up to this weekend? My birthday is this Sunday and I’m looking to celebrate with champagne, good food, friends, and family. Here’s hoping the world doesn’t end on Saturday! To help me celebrate my birthday please refer to last year’s request and wear your favorite lipstick, have a wonderful weekend!

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7 Responses to How To: Make Your Lipstick Last

  1. Emma says:

    Happy birthday in advance!

  2. vonnie says:

    super tips! they are very helpful…..I’m always whining about my lip products fading but do nothing to fix it, lol


  3. Danielle says:

    Excellent tips! Happy Birthday Bre!

    In your honor, I will be wearing my new Fresh/Sugar Chap stick in the new honey hue. Its nude and subtle and moisturizing and perfect.

  4. Teri Roughen says:

    Super good tips! I never heard the coffee filter tip before. You are the best. Thanks for visiting my site. It means a lot. Have a beautiful weekend!

  5. Elaine says:

    Eeee!! Happy birthday!

  6. Gracey says:

    Aaaah happy birthday! Great tips :)

  7. Lisi says:

    It’s funny, friends of mine from years ago remember two things about me: my blonde hair and the fact that my lipstick NEVER ever came off my lips. I think my trick was to fill in with a liner and while eating I never allowed my lips to touch the fork or spoon. I don’t know how I do it, but I do. That’s MY trick.

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