Ok, so, maybe these aren’t secrets as much as they are seldom-used tips. But there’s a reason the top makeup artists take the time to go all-out when applying lipstick to their clients…it works. Long-wear lipstick can be too drying for most, and even the most stubborn long-wear formula ends up nothing more than a sketchy line around your mouth. So, when you need your power pout to go the distance, follow the lead of those in the know!

  • Exfoliate – First thing’s first. Your lipstick will never last without a bit of exfoliation to set the stage. Remove all the dead, dry, flaking skin by using an exfoliating product (like Bliss Fabulips), or simply combine 1 tablespoon sugar with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Gently rub the mix on your lips with your finger for 3-5 min, then wipe with warm water and a washcloth. Pat dry.
  • Moisturize – Now that your lips are silky smooth, it’s time to get some moisture in there…but be sure to opt for a non-oily lip balm (we like Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm, or Yes to Coconuts Lip Balm). Rub your lips together, and gently pat away any excess balm.
  • Foundation – Using a makeup sponge (or your finger), pat a bit of foundation or concealer over your lips. Don’t apply a full-coverage amount, just apply enough to tone down your natural lip color. Not only does this provide a nice “blank canvas” for your lip color, but it also gives your lip color something extra to “grip” onto.
  • Nude line – Using either concealer and a short, stiff brush, or a product like NYX Wonder Pencil, line just outside your lips, then blend gently with either your finger or a brush. This will help to keep the lip color from bleeding.
  • Line and fill – You have a couple of choices here. You can either line and fill in your lips with a lip liner similar to the lip color you will be using, or you can line and fill in your lips with a nude lip liner. Again, as with the foundation you applied earlier, the liner will help to provide a base for the lip color.
  • Apply color – No fancy tricks here. Just apply a nice, even coat of your chosen lip color. For extra control, use a lip brush.
  • Tissue and powder – For this, you will need to use a 2-ply tissue (or piece of toilet paper). Separate the 2 sheets, and press one to your lips (it should stay in place on its own). Using a large, fluffy brush, dust a translucent powder (like Smashbox Photoset Finishing Powder) lightly over the tissue. The powder sets the lip color but doesn’t add any powder to make it cakey.
  • Color again – Now you’re ready for the final step. Apply a light layer of the lip color to your lips. And voila! Sit back and admire your perfect pout… alllll day long!