How to make your lipstick last longer?

Step 6: Follow up with a gloss.


This technique works for me most of the time. You are basically layering and blotting colour on your lips. So if one layer goes off, another stays.

lipstick applicationAnother technique that I mostly use is:

Step 1. Apply lip balm when you are preparing the base your your face such as moisturizing. This gives an ample time for the lip balm to soak in your lips.Β  If the lip balm hasn’t soaked in fully, just lay a tissue on your lips, move your fingers on tissue and blot any excess.

Step 2Β  : Take a similar shade of liner as your lipstick. Line and fill in your lips with a lip liner.

Step 3: Fill in your lipstick.

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Step 4: Lay a clean tissue on your lips. Take loose or pressed powder on your powder brush and swipe it all over the tissue. Remove the tissue. This will blot your lipstick in without making your lips powdery or taking away the colour of your lipstick.

Step 5: Apply another coat of lipstick and follow up with a lip gloss.

A few more tips:

  • Making your makeup last all day long is all about layering. You have to layer right products over one another. Cosmetic companies are also coming up with lip primers but since I have not found one in India, as yet. I use the layering techniques and they work fine for me.
  • If you are attending functions, avoid eating oily foods as much as possible. Oils melt your lipsticks and hence, loosen their staying power. Always carry your lipstick with you so that you can do touch ups as and when required. πŸ™‚
  • Don’t lick your lips too much and if you have a long function to attend, try to talk less. I know how difficult it is. πŸ˜€
  • I don’t use similar shade lip liner all the time. I do away with neutral shade liners mostly. πŸ˜›
  • If you think your lips are in bad condition, apply generous amount of lip balm all over your lips and scrub your lips gently with a baby toothbrush for a minute or two. Wash your lips with a warm water and follow up by applying a lip balm. This would keep your lips soft and kissable. πŸ™‚
  • Some people also apply the similar shade eyeshadow or blush on their lips after applying the lipstick and before applying the gloss. But I am not comfortable doing it so I don’t. The idea again is layering.

Regarding Mac Lip conditioner, I have seen people swear by it be it in terms of moisturization, SPF, tint or flavour. I have not used it myself. May be you could give it a try and give us a first hand review on it. πŸ™‚

Good Day!

So ladies, do you have tips and tricks to share to make lipsticks last longer?

Images from here, here, here,here and here

Step 1: Apply lip balm on your lips and let it soak few for a minute or two


24 thoughts on “How to make your lipstick last longer?

  1. Omg thank you for this post.. My lipstick hardly stays for few hours and it irritates me lot.. Am defo gonna try this step by step and wil get back to you and if it doesn’t work I want my money back *kidding*

  2. lining and filling your lips with a lip liner is a sure shot way to make sure that your lipstick stays on longer. i havent tried it out myself (mainly because i enjoy reapplying stuff on my lips – it gives me a high!), but my mother swears by it. especially since she uses dark shades on her lips. nothing looks worse than dark lips falling apart!

  3. Sarah, lol!! I have terms and conditions now. πŸ˜›

    Rima: Yes it works. I end up not applying lip liner out of my laziness a lot of times and then my touch ups are never ending. And yes, by now I know how much you love lipsticks. πŸ™‚

  4. Amazing post Rati. Thank you so much for addressing this issue. I’m printintg this post & putting it in my makeup folder so I can refer to it in the future ^_^

    I love makeup (though I don’t feel very confident in this area sometimes) & am slowly learning hints & tips. Your blog is a fantastic source which I am incredibly grateful for as it helps me become more knowledgable about the ins & outs of makeup.

    Keep up the great work of sharing your makeup experiences =]

  5. Aww! that’s so sweet Antonia. πŸ™‚

    I think makeup should be taken as fun and a challenge both. Fun because if you get too serious about it, you might probably stop enjoying it. And challenge because a right makeup can do wonders and wrong one can make you fall flat.

    I am glad my blog is helping you. πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot. *hugs*

  6. em fyn !!
    great actually .. bit busy .. hav mah boards in march .. yep I knw em too young πŸ˜€ ( dun be shocked , OK πŸ˜›
    so studying dese days πŸ˜›

  7. Oh!! 10th or 12th? Looking at your bubliness, I always thought you must maximum be in first year of college. πŸ˜› So I never imagined you as too old.

    My neighbour’s daughter also has boards coming up so I can understand your situation.

    Good Luck sweetheart. Do well and we will have more fun around once you get free. πŸ™‚

  8. You know i have never applied a lipstick in my life ;)…and your post is so tempting … i am off to Boots this weekend to buy lipstick,lip balm ,liner etc .. hehe ..


    P.S Boots is a chain of stores in London where you can do beauty shopping.You can check it over here

  9. Oye! didn’t know you were reading this blog. πŸ˜› And you are tempting me know. I me lemming to get illamasqua and bobbi brown but we don’t get it here. πŸ™ I love lipsticks even prefer them over glosses

    Could I take pride in converting you from my CAT student to makeup and beauty’s? Ahem!!:D

    By the way how is it going there?

  10. πŸ˜€
    12th .. and non med .. so pretty busy these days hardl;y come online buh my lappy is always on .. so make it a point to check ua blog now and then πŸ™‚
    thanks for da wishes , gotta give my best shot πŸ˜‰

  11. Hi Rati thanks for asking. I’m doin ok…just not feeling my best coz of flu n cold. Just got back so still not in the mood to blog so much but I sure am trying my best πŸ™‚
    Great tips btw. I, for one, can’t live without Mac Tinted Lip Conditioners…they’re fab

  12. everythings going good .. and i ll get illamasqua and bobbi brown for you .. you send me rest of the details ..which product , color etc …

    And currently i am you make up and beauty student πŸ˜›

  13. Hi Cynthia, Good to see you. I know this changing weather really gets on all of us. Take care of yourself and I’ll give MAc conditioners a try. πŸ™‚


    Oh no!! I’ll mail you the details only if you agree to take money from me, otherwise not.

    And yes, you better stay around. We’ve got loads to learn. πŸ™‚

  14. Great Tips Rati,

    Though I use none of these :P..

    I use a lip tint in a shade similar to the lipstick below the lipstick coat. I first tint my lips and then apply the lipstick.

    This gives a more even toned color and if the lipstick wears off.. well, the tint is still there – so no touch-ups, refraining from food or conversation for me πŸ˜€

  15. oh yes!! I somehow not end up buying tints. No reason from refraining from those just that it never comes to my mind that i have to buy a lip tint. πŸ˜› Will give it a try now. πŸ™‚

  16. I generally use a matt lipstick


    reapply matt lipstick

    top it off with a hint of gloss for shine- not too much or else the colour runs

    I stay away from lip tints cause it gets into the lip cracks and leave it looking aweful!

  17. Vinita,

    Thanks for the tips. I know matte shades have an excellent staying power but I just don’t buy them. I get get so distracted by all these sheer glossy finishes that mattes don’t get my attention. πŸ˜›

    Welcome aboard and do stay around. πŸ™‚

  18. I am tooooo lazy to use lipliners….. One lady from Lotus Professionals revealed this secret to me….n m really grateful to her..
    It was soo nice of u rati di for reminding me this trick again….. *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi* *thankyou* *thankyou* *thankyou* *thankyou*

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