Kiss-Proof Your Pout: How to Make Your Lipstick Last

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Tired of your lipstick disappearing an hour after you’ve applied it? Us too.

That’s why we put together a step-by-step guide to help you make your lipstick last. (And last. And last…)

1. Exfoliate your lips.

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First things first: You’ll want to start with a smooth surface. Use a wet toothbrush or a gentle exfoliator to slough off dry skin and soften chapped lips.

Don’t have a lip exfoliator? This easy DIY lip scrub is an affordable option that’s made with things you probably already have at your house (and it only takes a few minutes to whip up).

DIY Coconut & Honey Lip Scrub


  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon lukewarm water


  1. Mix the coconut oil and honey together.
  2. Next, mix in the sugar and water.
  3. Rub onto your lips in a circular motion for approximately two minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water to reveal soft, smooth lips.

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2. Apply a balm.

Once your lips are thoroughly exfoliated, apply a hydrating lip balm to moisturize your pout and prevent your lips from chapping further.

Go for a non-oily formula that absorbs quickly for the most staying power.

3. Prime your pout.

In order to make your lipstick last, you’ll have to give it a good foundation (literally).

Use a very light amount of foundation on your lips — preferably a waterproof formula — to create a base for your favorite lipstick.

(I just use whatever remains on my makeup brush for a light coating.)

4. Line your lips in reverse.

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Creating a red lip that lasts throughout dinner and drinks is a challenge — but it is possible.

Prevent lipstick smears and feathering by lining the outside of your lips with a flesh-colored liner.

Doing so creates a barrier that keeps your color right where it belongs.

5. Fill in your lips.

Before you reach for the lipstick tube, use a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick to trace the outermost edge of your lip line.

Next, use the same liner to fill in the entire lip with your desired shade.

Lip liners have a drier texture than their lipstick counterparts, which means they’re better at going the distance.

6. Apply your lipstick.

Swipe on your favorite lipstick either straight from the tube or via a lip brush for extra precision.

7. Blot with a tissue.

Follow up your lipstick application by blotting your lips with a tissue to absorb any excess oil. This also removes any extra product that’s likely to bleed.

8. Dust on some powder.

After blotting, press another single tissue onto your lips.

Lightly dust a translucent setting powder onto the tissue, leaving a layer of residual powder underneath.

9. Apply a second coat of lipstick.

Finally, apply a second coat of your lipstick to help the color last all night.

Voila! Lipstick that has serious staying power.

What tips and tricks do you use to make your lipstick last? 

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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