How to Make Your Lipstick Last

Tip of the day: 4 simple steps to lock in color.

How to Make Your Lipstick Last

Tip of the day: 4 simple steps to lock in color.

-Tiffany Johnston


Ensuring a beautiful and long wearing lip is really easy. By spending a few more moments during the initial application, you won’t waste time touching up your lipstick through out the day.

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Prep work
At night during your cleansing process, don’t forget to gently exfoliate your lips. I love M.A.C’s Microfine Refinisher for this job. Smooth and supple skin holds onto lip colour a lot better than dry flaky skin.

M.A.C Microfine Refinisher ($28,

MAC refinisher

Prime your pout
If you have dry lips or tend to lick you them, then the M.A.C lip primer is your first product to grab. One swipe across your lips and around your lip line will ensure your lips don’t absorb all the beneficial ingredients of the lip products too quickly. It also gives a fantastic texture to help that lip liner slip right into place!

M.A.C. Prep and Prime Lip ($14.50,

MAC prep and prime

Line, line, line
Use a lip pencil whose color is similar to the shade of lipstick that you’re going to wear. Use the lip pencil to line and then fill in the color on your lips.

M.A.C Lip Pencil ($13,

Line, line, line

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Brush it on
After applying the lip liner, you can then apply your lipstick with a lip brush. By using a lip brush you’re applying the right amount of product evenly over your lips. The waxy texture of the lip liner and the creaminess of the lipstick will create a brand new texture that wears longer, every time.

M.A.C 316 lip brush ($19.50,

MAC lip brush

Do remember that different textures of lipstick have different wear times. A matte texture wears considerably longer than a lustre formula. Gloss formulas while very pretty, last the least amount of time on your lips.

Tiffany Johnston is a senior makeup artist on the M.A.C Pro team. She has reported on red carpet beauty for the TV show Extra! And has created looks for the runways of New York, Paris and Milan. Her celebrity clients include Vera Farmiga, Kyra Sedgwick and Fantasia Barrino.

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