How To Make Your Lipstick Last All Day and Night

photoMost of us lead busy lives and we simply don’t have the time it takes to touch-up or reapply our makeup during the day. What we put on in the morning needs to stay put from the beginning of our work day straight through date night dinner and drinks.

From smacking, sipping, singing and more, lipstick takes quite a beating through the course of a day. If not applied correctly, you’ll be left with naked lips before you even make it to lunch.

In my video, I did a matte red lip, but you can follow the same steps with any color you’d like and it will last for hours. In fact, after I finished this video, I went out for dinner, drinks, and stayed out late with friends. Once it was time to wash my face and hit the hay, my lipstick was still perfect. So, if you’ve ever been irritated with constantly having to reapply your lipstick, then check out my quick tips and video tutorial on how to apply your lipstick so it lasts for hours!

What You Need:

  • Lipstick
  • Lip Liner
  • Concealer, Foundation, OR Primer (not all three)
  • Concealer brush
  • Translucent Powder
  • Paper Towel

How To Make Your Lipstick Last All Day & Night

Step 1: Exfoliate Your Lips

Before getting started, make sure you exfoliate your lips to remove all the dead skin. I use Satin Lips by Mary Kay that I received as a gift, but any homemade exfoliant (I’ve used coconut oil and sugar before) will work great. Your lipstick won’t stay on if you have dry, flakey lips, so be sure not to skip this step. After you exfoliate, apply a moisturizing lip balm, and give it a few minutes to soak in. If you’re in a hurry, blot your lips to make sure there’s no residue on them before moving on to step 2.

lipstick_tutorial5Step 2: Prime Your Pout

Just like painters use a primer to create a base when they are painting a house, you should use a primer when painting your lips. There are many primers that are marketed specifically as lipstick primers, but I just use concealer and I’ve found it works great, if not better than some primers I’ve used. You can also use your foundation, but I find that a concealer creates a great base and makes any clean up a breeze.

Apply the concealer all over your lips, as well as the outer edges of your lips. Blend it nicely so it doesn’t look choppy. Using a primer or concealer will help prevent any feathering (when your lipstick sinks into the fine lines around your lips).

Step 3: Use Lip Liner to Line and Fill

Many people avoid using lip liner because it’s often misused. If you’re not comfortable using a colored lip liner, use a color that matches the natural color of your lips. This will create a nice base that your lipstick will stick to.

However, if you are comfortable using a colored liner, pick one that is a shade or two lighter than your lipstick. Carefully line your lips and be sure to use it to fill in the entire lip, as to avoid creating a harsh line. To create a perfect cupid’s bow on your upper lip, draw an “X” with your liner and fill it in.

Tip: Use a moisturizing liner since some liners can be extremely drying.

Step 4: Blot, Then Powder

After you fill in your lips with your lip liner, blot with a paper towel to remove any excess color. Once you’ve done that, dip a powder brush in any translucent powder you own and dust it over your lips. This will help set the liner base.

Step 5: Apply Your Lipstick with a Lip Brush

Now that you’ve got a nice base color on your lips, it’s time to apply your actual lipstick. The most important part of applying your lipstick is using a lip brush. I use this EcoTools lip brush that I got at Ulta for $3.99. A lip brush will give you much more control for a precise application. Simply dip your lip brush in your color, and begin filling in your lips.

Step 6: Blot, Then Powder Again

Follow your lipstick application by blotting and using your translucent powder to set it yet again. You can repeat step 5 and 6 until you’ve achieved your desired depth of color.

Bonus Step:

If you want to create the illusion of a fuller bottom lip, take a liner pencil, dip it in a dark eyeshadow color (a deep brown with no shimmer) and apply it in a small line directly under your bottom lip. Use your concealer brush to blend and create a softer line.

If you have any rough edges or areas where you went over your lip line, simply take your concealer brush and clean it up. Because you created a nice base with your concealer, it is much easier to clean up any mistakes you may have made.

In case you were wondering, I used the following products:

Have you ever applied your lipstick this way? How did it work out for you? Do you have any other tips for applying lipstick? Share them with me in the comment section below!