1. For soft lips and a smoother lipstick application, exfoliate first.

Make a homemade lip scrub by mixing brown sugar and olive oil. I used Mint Julips Lip Scrub from Lush, $9.95, lushusa.com.

2. Moisturize with lip balm. Let it soak in for about a minute, then pat dry.

I used Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm in Coconut Milk, $3.29, evolutionofsmooth.com.

3. Line lips and fill them in fully with a matte lip liner.

If your lipstick starts to wear off, the red lip liner will show. This also prevents lipstick feathering and helps lip color last longer. I used NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red, $3.50, nyxcosmetics.com.

4. Apply lipstick.

I recommend using a matte lipstick since it lasts longer and doesn't budge. I used Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $16, maccosmetics.com.

5. Clean up any messy edges with concealer that matches your skin tone.

I used Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, $29, Sephora.com.

6. A trick to make your lipstick last even longer: place a tissue over your lips and tap translucent powder on top with a brush. This helps seal the lipstick in place.

I used Coty Airspun Face Powder in Translucent, $6.49, drugstore.com.


Tip: Matte lipsticks tend to be drying on the lips, so apply a sheer lip balm on top for added moisture.


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