The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Lipstick Last All Day

Kiss-proof your pout.


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.

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1 Exfoliate.

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.

2 Moisturize.

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,

3 Prime your pout.

Using a makeup sponge, pat and blend a bit of foundation or concealer around the edges of your lips. This makes your lip color "pop" and helps it to stick.

We used: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 10 Dark ($44,, Wander Beauty Wander Cushion ($12,

4 Define your lips.

Lip liner acts as a sort of seatbelt, keeping your lip color from budging—without it, feathering and smudging can more easily occur.

We used: NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red ($3.50,

5 Fill them in.

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.

6 Apply the lipstick.

At long last, you can apply your lip color! If you have trouble getting it precisely within the lines, try using a thin lipstick brush.

We used: Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipstick in Wanderberry ($30,

7 Powder and blot—at the same time.

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.

We used: Kevyn Aucoin The Gossamer Loose Powder ($72,, Real Techniques 100 Arched Powder Brush ($26,

8 Enjoy your look!

Eat, drink, give somebody a kiss—your lipstick is sure to last through the night.

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