how to make lipstick last
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How to Make Your Lipstick Last Through Work, Dinner and Drinks

Sometimes we do things even though they’ll prove pointless a few mere moments after execution. We’ll steam our silk separates before slipping on a crease-inducing trench. We’ll curl our locks before a humid commute to work. And we’ll pack ourselves a healthy lunch before being effortlessly persuaded to hit up a food truck.

But when all else fails, you can rest assured knowing the colour you applied to your lips hours earlier will in fact make it through the day or night just as you intended.
All you need is the proper prep, products and procedure to give your lipstick the power to stay put with no re-application needed.

Scroll down to see five simple tips for acquiring everlasting lippy.

how to make lipstick last

#1: Prep your pout
To get budge-free lip colour, a smooth surface is essential. Gently buff your lips morning and night with a damp face cloth or toothbrush, and keep them hydrated with a lip balm. Use a super moisturizing pick like La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baum B5. Just pat it on, let sit, and if you intend on applying colour right away, blot your lips with a tissue so it doesn’t repel the lipstick.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baum B5 ($18,

how to make lipstick last

#2: Prime your pout
Before applying lipstick, make your lips flawless by using a primer specifically formulated just for lips. Go for one that defines, smoothes and plumps, like Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Liplift. It offers a perfectly prepped coating that helps lipstick hold. The secret? The formula boasts microbeads that expand when in contact with lips, offering tons of volume.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift ($50,

how to make lipstick last

#3: Opt for sheen
Many lipsticks on store shelves marked “long-wearing” possess a matte formula that can often dry out your lips. Instead, opt for one with a moisturizing, satin finish like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colours. Although it offers a pearlescent look, it’s not overly creamy which helps it stay on longer.

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour ($36,

how to make lipstick last

#4: Choose a bold hue
The brighter or darker the shade, the more pigment it has, and therefore the longer it’ll last. Again, go for a hydrating option. Dior’s Dior Addict Lipstick in the juicy red hue “Riviera” is a great pick. The formula is enriched with Shield oil which adheres to lips to help it stick.

Dior Dior Addict Lipstick in “Riviera 639” ($42,

how to make lipstick last

#5: Use a pencil
Pigment is key in getting your lip colour to last, and a lip pencil is a great way to add an extra layer of pigment to your pout. Go for a shade that matches your lipstick (but if your shade is very dark, go slightly lighter). Trace a soft line along the inside edge of your lips, fill them in, and blot. Burberry’s Beauty Lip Definer offers serious pigment and boasts an oil-rich formula to ensure smooth application. Burberry also offers lipsticks in matching hues.

Burberry Beauty Lip Definer ($30,