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How Do I Make My Lipstick Last?

Mar 28, 2018

It’s a bummer when your favourite lip colour fades before the day ends, or perhaps after only a few hours. Sometimes the lipstick itself is to blame. Moisturising formulas, glosses, and sheer tints aren't meant for long wear. But you can rig the lipstick game and make it play out in your favour!

How do I make my lipstick last?

Exfoliate Your Lips

Clumps, flakes, and peeling skin make your lipstick application super-patchy. Dead skin on your lips is unattractive and prevents your lipstick from staying on.

Regular exfoliation helps your lipstick go on better. Use a product such as Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm to exfoliate your lips gently. This will get rid of the flakes and will leave your lips smooth, plump, and pink.

Keep Your Lips Hydrated

While your lip scrub may have moisturising properties, it’s still vital to infuse more moisture into your newly exfoliated lips. Moist lips heal more quickly and form healthier new skin cells. Reach for MOR Marshmallow Lip Balm, which works moisture magic on your lips and smells scrumptious.

Use a Lip Primer

Lip primers and lip concealers are specifically formulated to enhance the longevity of your favourite lipstick. Try BECCA Lip Priming Perfector before applying your lip colour. This advanced formula smooths and primes the lips, preventing lip colour from feathering and smudging.

How do I make my lipstick last?

Use a Lip Liner


Lining your lips keeps lipstick from feathering out or settling in the creases of your lips. Long-wearing, matte lip liners like Estée Lauder Doublewear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil and Inika Mineral Lip Liner are great options.

Apply Lipstick Like a Pro

Use a lip brush! This allows you to work the product into the lips to create a long-lasting stain. Try a lip brush with a cap so you can take it with you. We like the Laura Mercier Lip Colour Brush.

Opt for matte lipsticks that don't dehydrate the lips. Try Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick or Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color.

If you prefer a sheen to your lipstick, try looking for creamy lipsticks with a satin finish like Laura Mercier Satin Lip Colour. Bonus: satin lipsticks tend to feel more comfortable on dehydrated lips.

Blot and Apply Translucent Powder

Take a single-ply tissue and use it to blot off excess lipstick. With the tissue still over your lips, dust your favourite translucent powder over it to keep the colour in place. This trick seals the colour of your lipstick to prevent it from feathering while also minimising the possibility of colour transfer.