Tuesday Tip #6: How to Make Your Lipstick or Lip Gloss Last

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We all know how annoying it can be to apply a lipstick or lip gloss, only to see it fade away an hour or two later, but there’s a simple fix that everyone can do with any lip product!

Products Pictures: Creme d’ Nude Lipstick, Florabundance Lipglass, Subculture Lip Pencil, and Prep + Prime Lip


The trick to getting your lips to last is layering. To do this, you’ll need a few products:

  • Lip Primer or Balm
  • Lip Pencil
  • Lipstick and/or Lipgloss

Layering doesn’t only make your lipstick or gloss last… Applying a liner underneath will also add definition to your lips, making them look nice and full. Another benefit of using a lip pencil first is that it will keep your lipstick or gloss in place and prevent it from feathering into the lines around your lips.


1)   You want to start by priming your lips with something to condition and smooth, but nothing too slick or liquid-like. I like to use MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip or plain shea butter. Apply whichever product you choose, then let it soak in for a minute or two. What this does is leaves your lips smooth and ready for the next layer…

2)   Next, you want to apply your lip pencil. My favorites are MAC’s Lip Pencils or Pro Longwear Lip Pencils (of course these will last longest, but don’t come in a wide range of colors). First, line your lips with the pencil, then fill in the rest of the lip, using the side of the pencil so it glides on and doesn’t look too heavy. You can use any color you like, whether it’s a neutral that matches your own lips or something closer to the color of the lipstick or gloss you’re using. Now you have a drier type of base for your lip color to stick to!

3)   Last but not least, it’s time to apply your lipstick or lip gloss… You can do both, or you can choose one or the other. If you want to use both, lipstick should be the first layer. You can apply it directly from the tube, but you will probably want to smooth it out with a brush or your finger. Once on, your lipstick or lip gloss will adhere to the lip pencil and “set”, drastically increasing the wear time!

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