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Best tricks for longer-lasting lipstick
July 25, 2017, 5:40 pm

Lipstick is easily the most versatile and important item to have in your makeup bag, just a few coats of your favorite color will leave you looking positively radiant. However, if you are looking to make your lips the focus of your look, know that more than two coats are required for your color to stay put.

In fact, there is a lot more you can do to make your lipstick last longer, try these expert-approved tips, tricks, products, and hacks for longwearing lipstick that lasts all night long, nary a touch-up required.

Exfoliate ahead of time:  The first rule of lipstick is to have smooth lips, and the best way to ensure a perfect canvas is to gently exfoliate lips to remove flaky, dry spots. You can employ the help of an unused toothbrush or a lip scrub, which you can DIY with equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar. Work the brush or your DIY mix in with your finger in a circular motion, being careful to apply gentle pressure. Tissue off the scrub when you are done.  Bonus: you are upping circulation to your lips, which helps give them a plump, rosy look.

Go for an ultra luxe lip balm:  After exfoliating, hydration is key. Look for a lip balm with moisturizing and soothing ingredients like vitamin E and natural oils. Make sure to coat lips immediately after exfoliating, before bed, and about 15 to 30 minutes before you plan on doing your makeup to garner maximum benefits.

Rethink your lip liner:  You may think to reach straight for the liner that matches your lipstick of choice, but using a technique known as reverse lining is actually the better way to go. Using a flesh- or clear-hued lip liner trace around your pout to prevent lipstick from feathering or smudging. Apply with delicate strokes while ensuring you stay close or within your natural lip line.

Prime your pout with concealer: If you have ever wondered why the lipstick looks way different in the tube than it does on your lips, it is because the color of your own lips is affecting the final hue, understandably—which is also why every lipstick can and usually does look different on any other person. To get the exact color payoff you are expecting, use a primer on lips to create a fresh canvas.

Try a liquid formula: Liquid lipsticks are definitely the trend of the moment, and their staying power is unparalleled.

Paint strategically: Whether you are using that lip brush or going rogue straight from the tube, work from the center of your lips outwards, bottom lip before top. Add an even coat of color, being extra cautious to work within the reverse liner you have already drawn.

Pat blotting papers between each layer: After tapping or brushing on that first layer of lipstick, use a fluffy powder brush to dust a bit of setting powder onto lips, then let dry. You can also use blotting papers — yes, the ones normally made for sopping up oil — in between coats as well. Either technique helps to set each layer of lipstick before your final coat, which you will want to leave as is, of course.



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