Expert Advice

How to Make Your Lipstick Last Longer

Woman smiling while wearing a bold lipstick colour.

There’s nothing worse than spending time perfecting your pout, only for it to pull a disappearing act on you.

Whether you’re snacking, sipping or smooching, you’re always putting your lipstick to the test.

So, if you’re wondering how to make your lipstick last longer, our expert guide will give you tips to help it withstand the trials and tribulations of the day.

How to Keep Lipstick on All Day

There are so many factors that could be affecting the longevity of your lipstick, but there are a few tweaks you could make to keep them looking fabulous all day long.

Scrub Your Lips

When it comes to keeping your lipstick on all day, it’s important to start with a smooth base.

We recommend opting for a lip scrub to help to exfoliate any dry, flaky bits that may disturb your lip product.

Once you’ve scrubbed them sufficiently, simply wipe any excess away with a damp face cloth and apply a layer of lip balm.

Layer Up

Another great way to extend longevity is to apply two to three thin layers of colour, blotting between each application.

This technique could help to pull away any excess oil from the lip product, that could otherwise break it down throughout the day. But don’t worry, this shouldn’t affect the colour intensity if you build the layers up.

Seal the Deal

A great hack to make your lipstick last longer is to use your fingertip to lightly press translucent powder after application.

This nifty trick could help to set the color in place while absorbing any excess oils that could cause it to fade. However, this trick only works if you’re rocking a matte look – you’re not going to want to mix gloss and powder… trust us.

Use a Waterproof Lip Liner

Waterproof lip liners could change the game when it comes to a long-lasting pout. From coffee to cocktails, they are formulated to withstand the day.

For the best results we recommend lining the whole lip – rather than just the edge – to give your lipstick a base to grab onto.


With these tips up your sleeve, you could say goodbye to constant reapplications and hello to fabulous looking lips all day long.

Liquid lipsticks are known to have some of the most long-lasting formulas on the market. Famous for their quick-drying formulations and intense colour pay-off, they could be a great addition to your makeup bag.

Discover the 10 best liquid lipsticks with our expert guide.



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