You may step out of the house with your favourite lip shade on, but by noon all you have got left of it, is perhaps nothing. This is the story of our lives too, but we also know that a touch-up every two hours is near to impossible. If you are looking for ways to make it last longer. Undoubtedly, you are on the right page as we have realised that priming face, in general, makes the makeup last much longer, similar to how an eyelid primer prevents eye shadow from wearing off or how a face primer doesn’t let sweat ruin your makeup. The same goes for your lips too. After all, make-up, in general, works better on skin that has been prepped.
Here’s how to correctly apply lipstick and make it last longer.
First, make sure that your lips are as smooth as possible. Clean lips sans dead skin is the best surface for flawless lipstick application. Exfoliating with a damp, clean toothbrush quickly gets the job done.
Next, follow up with a lip balm. Petroleum jelly could be your go-to product since it locks in moisture without feeling too greasy. For well-moisturised lips, apply a lip balm or coconut oil every night before going to bed.
Then, use either your fingertips or a flat makeup brush to rub on a light layer of foundation. If you use powder foundation, feel free to apply it with a fluffy powder brush. Finally, add some colour by outlining the lips. Less bleeding of your lip colour already makes your lipstick stay longer and helps enrich the colour of the lip shade on your lips. When you are not in a rush and are looking for super crisp lines, use a lip brush coated with lipstick to outline the lips and fill them in. If you happen to go slightly out of the lip line, take a thin brush, dab on some concealer and correct it without doing the entire process again.
Fill in properly at the edges and then move towards the centre. Finish off with making an x on the centre of your upper lip. This allows for the lipstick to blend and enrich the colour pay off.
This extra step is not necessary, but you can “set” your lipstick with a translucent powder. However, ensure you do not overdo it otherwise it will look cakey and dry.
Overall, a key thing to keep in mind is that even the toughest lipstick formula — the kiss-proof ones or the matte lipstick included — often cannot withstand oils from food and other substances. After eating or drinking, it’s best to use a napkin to blot your lips and reapply more lipstick as needed.