If you have a big event coming up, you may be wondering how to keep your makeup looking fresh the entire time. The worst offender for fading is lipstick. So, how long can lipstick last on your lips and what can you do to keep it looking fresh all day?
Lipstick is designed to last somewhere between one to eight hours, depending on the brand, style and application. Lip markers and stains will last the longest, especially if applied properly.
To get your lipstick to last as long as possible, take into consideration the style of lipstick and the brand, as well as how you are prepping and applying your color.
Style and Brand
The shortest lasting lipsticks will be the standard shiny gloss lipsticks from your grandmother’s time. These are smooth and slippery and will smudge and come off with the smallest of touches. For longer-lasting wear, look for matte lipsticks. Some brands are known to last a long time, like this one, which will stay put for up to eight hours. Even better are the liquid matte lipsticks, such as those from Kylie Cosmetics, and NYX.
Next up for long lasting wear are lip stains or lip markers. These dry completely after application and are absorbed by your lips. This means it is very difficult to remove, which may or may not be what you want. Some of the best ones like Tonymoly can even last all day long, (even after eating!) without needing reapplication.
Finally, for something a little different, check out some lip powders. Like eyeshadows, these products are applied with a small brush and come in either loose or packed powder forms. Lip powders can be added to your current lipstick (yes, there could actually be an additional step!), or can be used on its own for a shimmery long-lasting option for your lip repertoire. Check out this intro to lip powders and how to use them effectively.
Prep and Application
The first trick to long-lasting lipstick, especially if you have dry lips, is to exfoliate your lips with a gentle lip scrub. Many long-wear lipsticks suck the moisture from your lips, so if you have dry lips to begin with, wearing a lipstick all day long may dry your lips out even more, prompting you to reapply (ack! It’s a never-ending circle!).
If this sounds like you, there are still some ways to get your lipstick to stay on your dry lips properly. Follow your lip scrub with a good lip moisturizer or lip primer to finish prepping your pout. Adding a foundation or concealer to your lips prior to your lipstick can help your color stay put, too. Next, many makeup pros recommend lining your lips with a liner that is similar or slightly darker than your natural color, and some even suggest filling in your lips with the same liner as another primer.
Okay, we are finally ready to actually put the color on! Apply your lipstick or stain with the applicator or a small brush. Then, blot onto a clean tissue and repeat until you have the desired shade. Finally, set your lips with a finishing spray, high quality setting powder or mist, for a slight shine and to ensure all your hard work stays put. Now, put it to the test on your favorite coffee mug! Watch, and be amazed as your beautiful pout stands the test of time (well, hopefully for the better part of the day, at least).
Finally, if you have done a great job getting your lipstick to stay put, you may have trouble getting it off! A standard makeup remover should work, but if not, you can find some great hacks online to help you out.