Sick of lipstick that doesn't stay on? These beauty tips and products leave you with long-lasting color, we promise
A Formula for Lasting Lips
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Between eating, drinking, and working up a sweat after the office, taking a lip color from morning to night usually means lots of fading color and touch-ups. It’s time to choose a bulletproof formula that lasts all day, ladies. (Once you've mastered your lips, pick up these 10 Products That Instantly Make You Look More Awake!)
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Stila's Lip & Cheek Stain
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First off, lip prep is essential. Celebrity make-up artist Min Min Ma says to make sure lips are supple and smooth before applying color. “Don’t prep with lip balm before applying the lipstick or stain,” she explains. “If your lips are dry, you should exfoliate, apply the balm, and then dab it off to get rid of excess oil that will make your color slide off.” (Psst! This 2-Minute Trick Keeps Lipstick Off Your Teeth.)
Ma notes Stila Lip & Cheek Stain ($24; sephora.com) as a standout for “great colors that aren’t too drying.” Wear any of the shades solo, or use a balm over top to moisturize and add a touch of shine—or, hint hint, for a touch of flush on your cheeks.
Revlon HD Lip Lacquer
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There are a few components that ensure a lip color will have some staying power, according to Ma. Choose highly-pigmented lipsticks with some texture, lip colors that are staining (you can moisturize over top if you’d like), and long-wearing liquid lipsticks.
The new Revlon HD Lip Lacquer ($8; walmart.com) packs a one-two punch of shine and intense color, without ever becoming as sticky as a gloss. Paint a layer on lips for a slick look, or dot away excess for a stained, moisturized lip.
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Ma’s latest obsession is deep color courtesy of MAC Lipmix ($15; maccosmetics.com). “These are pure pigment,” she says. “Each one is dramatic and stays on forever!” You can blend shades together for innovative, one-of-a-kind colors, or rock a single shade. Either way, the staying power is second-to-none. (Dry lips? We've got 5 Life-Saving Lip Care Solutions.)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge
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If you’re looking for an all-in-one product, turn to Make Up For Ever’s ridiculously bulletproof Aqua Rouge ($24; sephora.com). One side of the tube is a matte liquid lipstick that won’t budge, no matter what you eat or drink during the day. The other side is a clear gloss, perfect for those who like a little added moisture and shine.
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick
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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick
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Shiseido Veiled Rouge
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A new addition to the long-wearing arsenal, we’re already in love with Shiseido Veiled Rouge ($25; shiseido.com) for its all-day, hydrating, transfer-free formula. Not only does it stay put, but it also comes in a set of the most wearable, classic shades, from red to coral, nude to rosy pink. (Plump it up! Try The Best Products for Full Lips, Eyelashes, and Skin.)
Maybelline SuperStay Lipstick
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If you’re looking for color that really lasts, this drugstore wonder is a real marvel. Maybelline SuperStay ($9; ulta.com) boasts 24-hour wear and takes two steps to apply—one swipe of color that you must let dry, and another swipe of balm—but the color is so tough, you’ll more than likely need an oil-based make-up remover to take it off at day’s end. (A small price to pay for zero touch-ups, right?)
Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color
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What’s best about Laura Mercier’s latest gem, Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color ($28; lauramercier.com), is the feel. It’s truly like paint for your lips, with rich hues, creamy-smooth consistency, and dry-on staying power. It sticks—but not exactly like glue, because your lips still look soft and kissable.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
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Although Urban Decay just dropped a pretty line of sheer lipstick for spring’s characteristic lightness, the brand’s classic Revolution ($22; ulta.com) is the one we keep coming back to year-round. The perfect non-sticky tackiness of the formula keeps color on for hours, while creating a staining-color effect that lasts much longer. (But what's a good lipstick without stellar teeth? Whiten Your Teeth Naturally with Food.)