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Beauty Insider Tips To Make Your Lipstick Last All Day And Night  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
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You want to know the secret to longer-lasting lipstick? Well, there's more than one, and you're going to need to memorize every genius lipstick application hack.

These kiss-proof makeup tips come from both professional makeup artists (including the woman who keeps The Bachelorette contestants looking great) and amateur makeup junkies. They're all committed to long-wearing makeup, though. Whether you're tired of reapplying your favorite cream lippie or you're frustrated by crumbling mattes, this insider advice is guaranteed to change your makeup routine forever.

These perfect lipstick tips will level up your beauty game!

Always Line Your Lips

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If you want your lipstick to last for hours, you need to layer. Before applying lipstick, trace lips with a liner in a matching hue. Fill in lips with the liner as well, and then apply a light coat of your favorite long-wearing lipstick. If you can't find a lip liner that matches your lipstick, try Urban Decay's Multipurpose Primer Pencil in Ozone. It's a neutral liner that works with any shade of lippie!

Set Your Color With Translucent Powder

Makeup artist Jerry Johnson has a genius tip for keeping lip color in place, and it involves a light coat of translucent powder, like Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. He says

Lightly sprinkle a little powder on the puff, then fold it, gently rubbing the powder into the puff, hit the excess off, and gently press on to the lips. This will give you a longer-lasting lip color, and because it's translucent, it will not compromise the integrity of the lip color.

Basically, it's just like setting your foundation.

Apply Lipstick With A Light Hand

It seems counterintuitive, but one of the best tricks for making your lipstick last longer is to apply less of it. Think about it. Adding layers upon layers of lipstick to your lips can lead to slipping, sliding color (if you're using a cream formula), or flaky, dry lips (if you're using a matte lipstick).

By applying just a small amount of lip color with a light hand, you allow the formula to really sink into the lips and set in place.

Start From Your Cupid's Bow And Work Your Way Out

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Just say no to bleeding color with this simple trick. Start at your cupid's bow, then work your way out. Use the sharpest side of your lipstick to create an X shape at your cupid's bow with precise lines. Then, fill in the rest of your lips with color. The defined lines ensure that color is less likely to bleed around the upper lip.