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Lipstick can tie any look together. Read on to find out how to make lipstick last longer, including how to apply it and the best long lasting lipstick for you.

Tips to Apply Long Lasting Lipstick

Long-stay makeup keeps your look as fresh and clean as when you first applied it - yet one of the hardest parts of this is your lipstick application. We talk, drink, eat, not to mention, wear face masks—all of which can cause lipstick to fade, feather and flake. The solution? Choose long wear lipstick and know how to apply it, and we’ll guide you on how to do both.


First, identify lipstick ingredients

The first step to choosing the best long lasting lipstick will be in the ingredients, which contribute to its wearability and colour. It’s important to know what goes into the products you wear because not every ingredient is going to give you the results you want. Instead, try and look for these specific ingredients:


Hyaluronic acid: The ingredient that differentiates a drying lipstick from one that isn’t. Hyaluronic acid draws and absorbs moisture, locking it in. It makes the lips look fuller, plumper and more voluminous.


Pigments: Lipsticks consist of wax, oils and pigments, each playing a part in making what we know as lipstick. The wax is what gives it its shape as well as its ability to spread. The oil is what adds hydration and moisture. And the pigment is the colour. Very pigmented long last lipstick will give you lasting colour.


Benefits of long lasting lipstick

There are many benefits that come with the best long lasting lipstick. By choosing high-quality products, you’ll get a lipstick that doesn’t just look good but also comes with the following benefits:


  • Continued hydration

It can be tricky to find a long lasting lipstick that is also hydrating, though, not impossible. With a good, hydrating long wear lipstick, your lips will remain moisturised.


  • Wearability

This means we don’t have to constantly re-apply throughout the night and the colour won’t move and end up feathering on the lips.


  • Intense colour

The best long lasting lipstick not only stays on your lips but also gives you a pop of colour. Whether it’s a bright pink, deep red, or a natural nude, the best lipsticks will be incredibly pigmented.

Long-lasting Lipstick Benefits

Tips on how to apply lipstick that lasts

By following our application tips, you’ll prolong the longevity of your coat and prevent common issues from arising such as chapped and flaky lips. These simple steps will establish a smooth foundation for you to work from, which will make all the difference in your lipstick, not just at the start of the night but by the end of it.



Exfoliate your lips to eliminate any flakiness and roughness so your lipstick will go on smoothly. Scrub them with a gentle lip scrub or you can make one yourself using honey or shea butter mixed with sugar. Don’t scrub too roughly. A firm, gentle touch is enough to buff away any flakiness.


Moisturise lips

Once you’re done with exfoliating, it’s time to moisturise. Applying a coat or two of lip balm will get your lips ready for your lipstick application. To get the best results, get into the habit of applying a moisturising lip balm before bed and as needed.


Prime your lips

A lip primer will prepare your lips by giving you a base to work on. This canvas will encourage a flawless application. It’ll increase the wearability of the lipstick as well as prevent it from smudging and fading. 

Apply a thin coat of lip primer, covering the entire span of your lips and leave it for a few seconds to dry. If you don’t have a lip primer, then use a cream concealer that you have on hand. Do the same and apply a thin layer to your lips and you’ll have a neutral, lipstick-ready canvas.


Line your lips

The next step to apply long lasting lipstick is to use a lip liner. A good lip liner will further enhance the wearability of long wear lipstick. It prevents the lipstick from bleeding and feathering and helps it to stay. The lipstick will stick to the lip liner, not to mention, will enable you to outline the shape that you want for a precise finish.

How to apply lipstick properly to stay long

Apply long lasting lipstick

Once your lips are prepped, moisturised and lined, you need to make sure you choose the right type of lipstick.

  • Matte: Matte lipsticks do tend to stay on your lips for longer but due to the added wax in the formula and reduced oil, it also does tend to be drier. The key is to find a matte lipstick that is long lasting and hydrating, like the L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte. This ultra matte lipstick is strong and pigmented but is still comfortable to wear, especially if you prefer a dramatic look.
  • Cream: If you prefer a cream look, then try the L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream lipstick. It’s ultra-pigmented and is easily applied in one swipe of the lips. Not to mention, it contours the lip shape very easily so that you can have a precise, velvety finish.

Knowing which long lasting lipstick to choose as well as how to apply it means you’ll be in the right direction to have enviable lips that last all day and night.

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