Make your lipstick last all day



Sometimes, keeping your lipstick from fading and feathering out can be a challenge.

I usually reach for long-lasting formulas when it comes to lipstick, but even they don’t always deliver as promised. Regardless of what kind of lipstick formula you chose to go for, you can still get that color to last all-day, with adding a few extra steps to your application.



Your lipstick will last a lot longer if your lips are soft, smooth and flake-free. In the morning, I usually just use a moist washcloth to exfoliate- this totally does the trick. Before going to sleep, however, I do like to use a little lip scrub. I mentioned Borghese’s Conditioning Lip Polish in one of my recent “Lovin’ Lately” posts and I love using in the evening, following with a generous amount of lip balm. This polish exfoliates and the lips and moisturizes them at the same time. After gently exfoliating my lips with a washcloth, I apply a thin layer of a non-greasy balm- I recommend that you go with wax-based formulas and only apply a very thin layer. Anything with an oilier formula will make it difficult to apply an even layer of lipstick.

MAC lip primer review


One of the best lip products I’ve tried over the last couple of years, has to be MAC’s Prep+ Prime Lip Primer it turns any lipstick formula into a very long-lasting one. Right before I apply my lip primer I take my beauty blender (the same one I used to apply foundation) and gently “cancel out” my lips. Then, I apply my lip primer- I find that with MAC Prep+ Prime Lip it has to sit and dry a little bit before applying lipstick- that way it becomes a little sticky and the product adheres a lot better. I’ve tried a few different lip primers, and this one is the best.



Lining your lips is another must-take step, if you want your lip color to last all day. It’ll create a barrier and prevent the product from feathering out. I have a few colored lip liners that I use with some of my favorite lipsticks, but I also love “clear” liners, because they work with every single color. Two of my favorites are MUFE Lip Line Perfector and Pixi Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge-Stopper. Both work great at helping to keep the lipstick application even.


To make sure that the lipstick application is even, I love using a lip brush. This isn’t something that I do all the time- it depends on the product. I definitely find it that I reach for the lip brush a lot more often when using dark colors. One of my favorite lip brushes is actually one that comes with OCC Lip Tars but this one from MUFE is pretty awesome too.



If despite using a lip brush, your application turned out to be less-than-perfect, use concealer to clean up. Thinner concealer formulas definitely work better for this. I also LOVE the 195 Concealer Brush from MAC– it has a perfect shape and helps to get those edges looking nice and sharp.


I love matte formulas and usually find them to be very long-lasting. Sometimes, when I do go for those non-matte, velvety formulas that tend to travel and feather out quite a bit, I use a thin tissue, gently press it against my lips (barely touching them) and lightly dust a small amount of translucent powder over the lips (doing so through the tissue).

Of course, it isn’t every day that I take all these steps, but it’s definitely something that’s a must for me whenever I have a very long day planned ahead, or for special occasions.


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    Emma Louise
    February 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I have noticed my lipstick lasting longer since i have been using the LUSH Lip Scrub, definitely helps!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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    Liz | Lipstick & Confetti
    February 22, 2016 at 10:43 am

    These are such great tips, thank you for sharing!

    xo, Liz

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    February 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been so intrigued about the Prep + Prime for so long but I’m not sure if it’s right. My lips are quite heavily lined and any lipstick just settles into them, making them more obvious. Would you say the Prep + Prime gives a filling effect? Thanks!

    The Beauty Locker

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      Paula @
      February 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      It does have a filling and smoothing effect, but my lips aren’t too heavily lined, so while it works for me, I’m not sure how it would work for you. Maybe you could visit a MAC store and try it? I swear by this primer, really makes a big difference for me when it comes to staying power.

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    Ambar Syed
    February 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    So many gorgeous lipstick photographs – I’m in heaven (heart eye emoji)! Lovely suggestions for long lasting lipstick :)
    – Ambar x

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    Nameless Gap
    February 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Love your photos! This is a really nice post, I’m never able to make my lipstick stay on all day, hopefully doing some of this tips will help :)
    Paula |

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    February 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Such great tips! Lovely photos.

    Megan |

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    Ela BellaWorld
    February 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I try to do some of these steps, but I have never used lip primer before. I just don’t know how much difference it would make on. Do you prime your lips everyday?

    Ela BellaWorld

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      Paula @
      February 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      No, definitely everyday. Only on those days when I have a lot of work-related meetings and on special occasions. I have no problem reapplying my lipstick throughout my “regular” day haha ;)

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    Nereyda Gonzalez
    February 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I think I’m one of the few girls who doesn’t care if my lipstick lasts all day or even for a few hours. I’m more of a lip balm kind of girl so I usually only put lipstick on when I put my makeup. Once I eat or a few hours later, I wipe it off and either put on lip balm or lip gloss. :)

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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      Paula @
      February 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      I’m not usually obsessing over it, only when I have a lot of work-related meetings or when I have a special event to attend to, etc ;)

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    Paula Loreti
    February 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I’m just impressed and jealous of all of your mac lipsticks! This was such a good post because the only lipstick that always stayed without doing any of this is a mac lipstick. But if it’s one from a drugstore it always fade away after eating of drinking. I’ll try this the next time, thanks for sharing :)

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    Dagmara Klich
    February 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    First of all, you didn’t joke when you said you have lots of Nyx lip products, haha! I’m going there :) Second, I totally follow all these steps, especially when using bold shades, I also like to blot the lipstick with a tissue and then reapply it to extend its longevity. Of course I don’t usually bother with my everyday nudes :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      February 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Haha, no I didn’t :D I’m the same way, on daily basis I don’t do any of these extra steps, just for special occasions or long, busy days :)

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    February 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    So many great tips Paula! I’m the worst at using a lip brush but I have found that it really does make a difference. Will definitely try your tips out x

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

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    The Sunday Mode
    February 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I need to remember to use a lip brush more often, I feel like that would solve so many of my lipstick woes. I think for day to day I’ll just be lazy and go straight from the bullet but on days where I wear a bold lip I’m definitely going to follow these steps!

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    February 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Great tips, definitely agree with you on MAC’s lip primer as it’s such a great product. I’m running low on mine so will definitely have to restock soon. I’m quite bad with remembering to use lip liners more often x

    Beauty with charm

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    Chaste and Beautiful
    February 23, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Such great tips. I love your collection of lipsticks. So pretty!

    Chaste &

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    Charlotte Hurd
    February 23, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Amazing! Life would be so much easier if lipstick just stuck around!

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    Amanda Elizabeth
    February 23, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I have the Borghese lip treatment as well and I totally agree it is a little miracle worker!

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    Another Ranting Reader
    February 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Great advice! I’m going to use this in the future!

    Jemima x

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    Rosie von Waldherr
    February 24, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I never used a lip primer, but I do all the other steps…maybe trying a primer wouldn’t be bad…

    Rosie’s Life

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    Katie Matthews
    January 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I’m absolutely rubbish when it comes to skincare, let alone lip skincare. I should definitely look at these, because I love wearing lipstick but always worried about the darker colours travelling!

    Katie |

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