How to apply lipstick to make it last

I love lipstick, but sometimes it can be cumbersome, having to apply it every hour after it’s rubbed off on your mug or even worse on your blouse or someone else’s!

Alas, as you grow older you grow wiser haha! I’ve made a little video on how to apply lipstick to make it last. I’ve also written a step by step blurb below with extra little tips and answers to questions that I’ve been asked, so be sure to check that out after you watch the video.

Let’s start the show!

Step 1 Grooming

Make sure that you have no hair on your upper lip. Applying lipstick without waxing will only highlight the fine hairs you may have. If you don’t want to get it professionally removed by a beautician, you can do it yourself with Mandy’s wax strips (for face). They are inexpensive and available at your local supermarket. The instructions on how to wax your upper lip will be on the box.

You may want to do this the night before as your skin may be go a bit red from the waxing. Remember to apply an oil to calm your skin overnight so you can be lipstick ready the next day.

mandy's was strips (Face)


Step 2 Moisturise

Ideally this should be apart of your evening beauty routine. Slap on a generous layer of lip balm before you go to bed at night and you’ll wake up with a soft pout! If you forget do it before bedtime, moisturise your lips and leave it on while you do the rest of your make-up. Lipstick on dry cracked lips are not pretty!

Drinking enough water during the day will also help keep your lips moisturised. Did you know that dry lips are one of the signs of dehydration?

Step 3 Prepare

Take a brush and dab it in your face powder and going around your lip line. This is to make sure that your lipcolour doesn’t bleed and stays inside your lip line.

Step 4 Add colour

Take a lip pencil and outline your lips. Once you’re happy with the outline, fill in your entire lip with the pencil. You may be thinking, I can’t own a lip pencil in every shade! You’re totally right!

I own three lip pencils, red, plum and dusty pink. I use my red pencil for red shades of lipstick (bright red, coral etc.), I use my plum pencil for my darker lip colours (brown, dark plum, black) and I use dusty pink for my lighter shades of lisptick (nude, pink, bright pink). Even though they don’t completely match my lip colour, I vary how much lip pencil I apply depending on how dark or light the shade of the lipstick. For example, if I’m wearing bright red lipstick, I apply lots of the red pencil, if I’m wearing my coral lipstick I’ll apply less so that it doesn’t affect the colour.

After your lip pencil, apply a generous amount of lipstick to ensure that it goes into all the creases of your lips. Make sure not to go over the outline of your lips though. keep it inside your lipline.

Step 5 Make it stay

Once the colour is on, it’s time to make it stay! Get a tissue and peal apart the layers of it until you have one layer. Place the layer onto your lips. Take a broad makeup brush and dip it in some translucent powder/face powder and pat the brush on your lips (over the tissue). The powder will settle on your lips and keep the colour in place.

To make sure that the colour is still vibrant, go over your lip colour with your lipstick one more time.

Bold lipstick is great when you don’t have much time to do the rest of your makeup. It can also amp up a a day time make up look for an evening out. Bold lips also looks great with a white blazer.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post. Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Until next week, stay stylish!



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