How to Get Long-Lasting, Vibrant Lips

Primer can increase the wear time of any lipstick.
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There’s nothing more disappointing than finding the perfect vibrant lipstick shade to complete your look, only to have the color fade somewhere between the first and second sip of your drink. It’s a problem many women have, but, luckily, you can make any lip color long-lasting if you apply it correctly.

Slough off dead skin. Remove any dead skin from your lips using a lip scrub. If you don’t have a lip scrub, you can make your own by mixing some honey and brown sugar and lightly rubbing it against your lips. Removing dead skin will allow for a smoother, more even application.

Moisturize your lips. Use a clear lip balm and allow it to sink into your lips. Blot off any excess before moving on to the next step. Look for a lip balm that contains shea butter or beeswax, which help provide and lock in moisture. Avoid lip balms that contain alcohol, which can be drying.

Apply a lip primer. Primers fill in fine lines and give the lip color something to adhere to. Primers don’t just ensure that lip color lasts longer; they make lip color go on bolder and brighter. If you don’t have a lip primer, apply a small amount of foundation to your lips and allow it to dry before moving on to the next step.

Line and fill in lips with lip liner. Lip liner helps prevent lipstick from bleeding into fine lines and cracks around your mouth and helps your lip color last longer. If your lipstick does fade, your lip liner will stay put. Choose a lip liner color that closely matches the color of the lipstick you plan to apply so that it doesn't stand out.

Put on your first coat. Apply your lipstick with a lip brush. This will give you more precision and allow for a smoother application. Blot off excess color with a tissue.

Blot with powder. Apply a light coat of translucent powder on top of the lip color using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. The translucent powder will set the lip color, giving it more staying power.

Finish with a second coat. Complete your lips by adding a second coat of your lip color on top of the translucent powder. Apply the lip color carefully using a lip brush.

Lindsay Boyers has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Framingham State College and a certificate in holistic nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She is also a licensed aesthetician with advanced training in skincare and makeup. She plans to continue on with her education, complete a master's degree program in nutrition and, ultimately, become a registered dietitian.