How to Make Lipstick Stay on Longer

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How to Make Lipstick Stay on Longer
Applying lipstick directly from the tube gives it more staying power. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Ever applied your favourite shade of lipstick in the morning only to find that it's almost completely gone by midafternoon? Join the club! According to "Real Simple" magazine, the creamy formulation of most stick lipsticks causes the colour to fade and smudge easily. Use our must-have beauty tips and tricks to keep your lipstick in place longer.

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  1. 1

    Prep your lips by gently buffing them with a damp washcloth or hand towel. The smooth surface enables lipstick to better adhere to the lips, according to "Glamour" magazine.

  2. 2

    Apply lip balm or foundation to the lips and lip line, and blot with a tissue. Allow the lip balm or foundation to sink into the lips for a few minutes. Like lip balm, foundation helps to fill in fine lines and gives lipstick something to stick to.

  3. 3

    Apply lip liner to give your lips an extra layer of pigment. Choose a liner that matches your lipstick and gently pencil around the lip line. Fill in the rest of the lips with the pencil and blot.

  4. 4

    Choose bright or dark lipsticks over lighter ones. Bright lipsticks tend to have more pigment and therefore more staying power.

  5. 5

    Apply lipstick directly from the tube instead of with a brush or with your fingers. "Real Simple" magazine notes that the natural oils on the fingertips may break down make-up formulas. Applying lipstick directly from the tube results in bolder colour.

  6. 6

    Blot the first layer of lipstick application with tissue and reapply. Use a light dusting of face powder to set the colour.

  7. 7

    Consider long-wearing lipstick that is designed to stay on longer. However, be aware that some long-wearing formulas can dry out the lips.

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