How To Make Your Lipstick Last

Hey Beauties! 

I tend to go through phases of expanding my makeup collection, at one point I will buy blush upon blush in my quest to try out all sorts of formulas, finishes and shades and then I will move on to something new. This past year or so I have fallen in love with lipsticks. The bold berries, bright corals, sheer pinks and creamy nudes there are just so many options and so many possibilities. Along the way I have learnt how to tell the good from the bad and I have picked up a few tricks on how to make that lipstick work for you. The key to rocking a good lipstick is confidence and that can be hard to find when you are stressing over a little fading or colour on your teeth. So today I want to share my tricks and tips for making that lipstick last as long as possible so you won’t have to worry quite so much. 

1. The first step in my lipstick prep routine is exfoliation. A good base is key because your lipstick won’t adhere to chapped skin so in addition to a good exfoliation routine – you can read mine here – quickly scrub your lips about 10 minutes before you apply your lipstick. My favourite scrub is Perk Naturals’ Pucker Up

2. Next up is hydration, once you have scrubbed away the top layer of skin on your lips apply a nice thick nourishing balm to smooth and soften the skin. I have found that following the first two steps before I even start doing the rest of my makeup works really well because the lip balm has time to sink in and hydrate deep down. My favourite balm at the moment is First Aid Beauty’s Lip Therapy

3. Once your lip balm has had time to sink in, wipe off the excess with a tissue and then dab your lips with any excess foundation on your sponge or brush. The lip balm will have created a barrier around your lips that prevents your foundation from meeting the lines of your lips so you will be left with a ring. This will also cover the natural colour of your lips if you are wearing a nude shade. 

4. Now that you have finished creating a good base it’s time for some colour. Lip liner has come full circle since the 90’s and it is now a must have in any makeup collection. You can use it to exaggerate the size of your lips or to alter the colour of your lipstick but the most important way is to use it as a primer. Just as you would with eyeshadow or foundation, it is crucial to give your lipstick something to adhere to and that is where lip liner comes into play. Using a shade that closely resembles your lipstick, line the edges of your lips and then fill them in completely. I used Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob.

5. Next up is the lipstick itself but it’s not as easy as it seems. To get the best longevity and colour intensity out of your lipstick you want to apply it in stages. Start off with a thin layer that you then rub into the lips with your finger. Follow that up with another layer that is just a bit thicker. I used Maybelline’s new Colour Sensational Creamy Matte lipstick in Lust for Blush, one of the absolute best lipsticks out there, read more about it here!

6. Next you want to take a tissue, fold it in half and use it to blot that last layer off your lips. Then apply one more layer of lipstick and blot again. It’s really important that you use the least expensive tissue you can find, more luxe tissues that have lotion or plush pockets will only wipe away the lipstick instead of setting it. 

7. This step is key! Take a loose translucent powder and another tissue, dip a brush into the powder and tap off the excess then place the tissue over your lips and press the brush onto the lips. This may seems silly but the powder helps to lock in that lipstick and it really makes all the difference. I used Tarte’s Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

Voila! That’s it! Follow those 7 steps and your lipstick will stick around a whole lot longer. It may seem like a lot of work but in reality it only takes a few minutes and you will be saved all of the doubt and stress that comes along with a bold lip colour. 

I hope these tips help you and if you have any tips to share then please let me know!



  1. Jodi Butler
    February 12, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Lip liner has become my best friend in the last few months!Also…I finally bought Lust for Blush today. I can't wait to wear it tomorrow!

    • Courtney Connolly
      February 17, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Ahh im so glad you bought it, do you love it??

  2. The Procrastinator
    February 12, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    I just did a video with these exact steps 😀 we're lipstick routine twinsies!

    • Courtney Connolly
      February 17, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Yay! High five! Great minds think alike xx

  3. Jen27
    February 13, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Great tips, girl! That shade of neutral pink is super pretty on you :)

    • Courtney Connolly
      February 17, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much Jen! x

  4. Vanessa N
    February 16, 2015 / 3:47 am

    HAH, I also buy hoards of thing whenever I'm in a particular phase, and for me as of late, it's been eyeshadows. Really love the step-by-step photos of this post! I normally don't wear lipsticks at full opacity, so I usually omit lipliner and only rub the lipstick in with my finger!

    • Vanessa N
      February 16, 2015 / 3:48 am

      *hoards of a thing?? DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE ANYMORE???

    • Courtney Connolly
      February 17, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Ohh I'm starting on an eyeshadow kick but also a contour kit kick. So dangerous! So glad you like the post girl! x

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