Tried every texture and brand of lipstick only to realise that no matter what you do, your lipstick just won’t stay put? Well, maybe it’s time to consider that it’s got nothing to do with your lipstick, but everything to do with how you prep your lips before application.

Here are 5 reasons your lip colour doesn’t stay put for long.

 

Not exfoliating your lips

Not exfoliating your lips

The reason your makeup stays on for long is because you create a smooth texture underneath using a moisturiser and primer.

Your lips tend to get dry a little too quickly. That’s why exfoliating it regularly is essential. Scrubbing your lips helps get rid of dry and flaky skin, making way for a smooth surface for your lipstick to glide on and stay put.

 

Keeping your lip balm on

Keeping your lip balm on

Keeping your lips moisturised and applying lip balm regularly is a good skincare habit. However, remember to gently wipe off the residue before applying your lip colour. The nourishing oils in your lip balm make the surface slippery. Applying lipstick on this surface means it will definitely smear and feather. As a practice, remove your lip balm using a soft tissue and then proceed to apply your favourite lip colour.

 

Skipping concealer

Skipping concealer

When it comes to makeup, very few women know about the power of concealer. Other than hiding flaws, it also works as a great base for your eye and lip makeup. Apply it around your lips after putting on lipstick to prevent smudging and feathering. This will also define your cupids bow and add definition to your lips.

 

Not using straws

Not using straws

Women who guzzle down their beverages shouldn’t complain about their lipsticks not staying put. Carry a reusable straw with you to sip on your favourite milkshake or diet soda in order to avoid smudging your lip colour.

 

Not lining your lips

Not lining your lips

Investing in tons of nude and red lipstick but not lip liners? Well, that’s where you are going wrong. Line your lips with a similar colour as your lipstick or use a nude lip liner to go with all your lip shades. This little step will increase the staying power of your lip colour.