Whether you’re wearing a nude shade or you’re braving a fuchsia color, there’s nothing more frustrating than leaving your house with a perfect pout and needing to adjust and reapply an hour later after two sips of coffee. The secret to setting your lipstick isn’t really a secret. It’s a combination of prep, application, and product choices. Check out these tips for a long-lasting lip.
Prepare your lips. Exfoliate them
The first rule of lipstick is to have smooth lips, and the best way to ensure a perfect canvas is to gently exfoliate lips to remove flaky, dry spots. You can employ the help of an unused toothbrush (seriously, don’t touch the one you use in your mouth) or a lip scrub. One of our favorite exfoliants is the PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant ($21.99) This product exfoliates while cleansing for a soft and smooth complexion. With a creamy texture, it is formulated with hydrating ingredients.
Add some concealer to your lips!
Pat a little foundation or concealer over lips. Don’t entirely erase your mouth, but cancel out your lip’s natural pink so that your lip color’s true hue comes through. This also gives it a little something extra to adhere to. Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer ($22.99) can be the perfect option!
Use the Reverse Lining
You may think to reach straight for the liner that matches your lipstick of choice, but using a technique known as the reverse lining is actually the better way to go. Using a flesh- or clear-hued lip liner, like bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Liner ($14.99) this helps prolong wear and prevent feathering, or for post-lining to clean up the edges and finish off your nude lip look.
Liquid lipsticks are definitely the trend of the moment, but they’re also here to stay for good reason: Their staying power is unparalleled. And no liquid stays put longer than Glo Minerals Gloss ($12.99) which protect and nourish your lips while conditioning and coloring them. Let your lips sparkle and shimmer with this spectacular gloss.
Put some powder on it!
Take a tissue and separate it into two halves. Place one sheet on your lips and dust a translucent powder like Dermablend Setting Powder ($22.99) over the lips, through the tissue. This is a trick you’ll see makeup artists doing backstage at fashion shows. This sets the color and helps set makeup and enhances wearability.