There are few things prettier than the perfect red lipstick—unless it smudges or bleeds and becomes a Joker-esque smile. Luckily, there are some *super* simple tips and tricks you can try to ensure your lip look lasts for hours.
Using a toothbrush, or one of these handy lip scrubs, gently slough the dead skin off of your lips for the smoothest surface to start with.
Apply a hydrating balm to make your pout extra supple and to fill in any small lines or cracks. Pick one with SPF to prime and protect your lips.
We used: PC4Men Lip Balm SPF 50 ($9, Paulaschoice.com).
To give your lipstick a drier surface to "grip" to—and to have a bottom layer that will look even and consistent even if your lipstick fades—fill in your top and bottom lips with the liner.
Now for a step you probably haven't tried before—and it's one of the most important. After you've applied your lipstick, place a single ply tissue across your lips, then use a fluffy brush to dust translucent powder overtop. Your lips will get just enough powder to set it without diluting the color or making it unintentionally matte.
Eat, drink, give somebody a kiss—your lipstick is sure to last through the night.