beauty

How To Make Any Lipstick 'Long-Wearing' In 5 Simple Steps

July 27, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Applying lipstick is a frustrating exercise in constantly working to maintain a shade keen on disappearing the second we sip a glass of water or lose track of time and forget to reapply. Lipstick is fickle and if you want it to stay in place for longer than an hour or two, you’re gonna have to work for it.

Luckily, pro makeup artist and beauty expert Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup schooled us on 5 tricks of the trade you need to know if you want to make your lipstick last forever (or at least until the afternoon). Read on:

1. Exfoliate and moisturize. We weren’t kidding when we told you beautiful lips were going to take a bit of commitment–starting with how you prep your lips the night before. “It’s essential that you exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub or a warm wet washcloth to remove flakes, then coat with a lip balm or lip conditioner,” Trotter says. “Do this at night if possible so your lips are super soft in the morning. Avoid lip products containing menthol as they can actually irritate to make lips even more chapped.”

2. Blot and blend. But wait, there’s more prep work needed right before you apply your lipstick. “Blot any excess lip balm so lips are soft, but free of product,” Trotter says. “Use a bit of foundation or concealer on the lips and blend with a dampened sponge, or use a lip prep product like MAC’s Lip Erase. Bonus, this step helps keep lip color from feathering and makes a bright lip color really pop.”

3. Choose the right formula. All lipsticks are not created equal. In order to ensure your lipstick is long-lasting, make sure you choose a highly-pigmented matte formula (Trotter recommends Smashbox Be Legendary Matte lipsticks) with a matching lip pencil. “Matte liquid lipsticks are super long-wearing, but I personally find many of them too drying and uncomfortable to wear for several hours,” Trotter says. “Formulas to definitely skip if you’re after long wear? Glosses, ultra-moisturizing lipsticks, sheer lipsticks, and cheap lipsticks that don’t have a lot of color payoff. Swatch on the back of your hand to ensure vibrant, true color that doesn’t have too much ‘slip’ or smear easily.”

4. Perfect the application. Professional makeup artists don’t just quickly apply lipstick from the tube and run out the door if the goal is to get long-lasting color. “Outline your lips with liner and then fill in with your desired shade (don’t skip this step if you’re choosing a bright or dark shade). Next, apply lip color straight from the tube for the most impact,” Trotter says. “Blot with a post-it (tissue has too much lint) or business card, then apply again for long-wearing color.”

5. Set it and forget it! You’re almost there–there’s just one more step. “After you blot, lightly dust a tiny bit of very sheer setting powder on your lips before applying the second coat,” Trotter says. “[This is] excellent for those situations where you just can’t reapply. Use straws whenever possible to minimize smearing, too.”

For more beauty tips, check out 8 overnight beauty tricks every woman should try and how to prevent lipstick from getting all gross and gunky in the center of your lips.

Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.

SHEfinds receives commissions for purchases made through the links in this post.

 

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

beauty

This Anti-Aging Foundation Is SO Good It Keeps Selling Out At CVS

June 22, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We love it, too!

beauty

5 Products Every Women Over 40 Should Be Using For Under-Eye Circles

June 22, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
They're super effective.

beauty

4 Hair Trends Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer (& They're Not Balayage!)

June 21, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Call your hairstylist now!

beauty

This Self-Tanner Works SO Well It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

June 21, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Get the perfect summer glow without leaving the house!

beauty

When Will The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Vault Collection Be Available? We Have The Answer.

June 20, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
We can't wait for it to launch!

beauty

The Bizarre Product That Actually Gets Rid Of Under-Eye Bags SO Fast

June 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a serious game-changer!

beauty

The $24 Anti-Aging Serum Celebrities Swear By For Wrinkle-Free Skin

June 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Wait, it's only $24?!

beauty

4 Foundation Mistakes You’re Making That Are Ruining Your Skin

June 20, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Avoid these!

beauty

4 Life-Changing Hacks To Fix A Bad Spray Tan That Every Woman Needs To Know

June 19, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
It happens to the best of us.

beauty

5 Night Creams That Work Better Than Botox

June 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're THAT good!

beauty

We Found The World’s Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer At Target

June 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You'll definitely want to stock up on this!

beauty

This Thinning Hair Serum Works SO Fast It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

June 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Your hair will thank you for this!

beauty

This Nourishing Oil Will Help Make Your Eyelashes And Eyebrows Look Fuller

If you look at women with long lashes and full ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS