How to Apply Lipstick & Make it Last All Day

Tips applying lipstickKeeping your lipstick on your lips is a challenge for a lot of us. There are tons of great long-wear lipsticks out there on the market, but here’s a trick to make your lipstick long-lasting even if it’s a traditional formula.
Tools for getting perfect lipsAll you need is lipstick, a similar or matching liner, translucent powder, a brush, and a tissue.
How to apply lipstickStep One: Define your lip shape with liner. I like to start by making an x at the Cupid’s bow, a little u shape on the bottom lip, and arrows at the corner, and then connecting the lines. Don’t worry if it looks silly, you’re going to be filling it in anyway! 
How to apply lipstick Step Two: Fill in your entire upper and bottom lip with liner. This is an important step. Lip liner is drier than lipstick and will adhere to your lips, which will help the color stay, even if your creamy lipstick formula wears off.
Step Three: Apply lipstick. I like to use a brush for precision, but you can also just apply straight from the tube. If I’m doing a super intense color, sometimes I will do two coats, blotting in between. 
How to make your lipstick last all dayStep Four: Take your tissue and pull it apart so you only have 1 ply. Lay it over your lips and powder on top of the tissue. This will let a small amount of powder set your lipstick without it looking dry or dulling the color! 
Tips applying lipstick Make sure you take your lipstick with you to touch up just in case! This trick will definitely help it wear longer. Try it out and see what works best for you! xo. AnnaRose
Credits // Author:  Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRose’s styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose.
  • Thank you on a detailed impressive guide! Saved your post for the future ?

  • I like the tip that you gave to keep your lipstick with you where ever you go, so that you can touch up if you need to. My wife has been saying that she wants to start wearing lipstick more often, and it would be important for her to know everything that is important before she starts wearing it. I will be sure to mention the idea of bringing her lipstick with her, so she can keep her lips looking fresh.

  • Thanks for sharing the information, I am indeed looking for this information. Looks like I found good information on this article. Nice website 🙂

  • Thanks for the guidance as I was looking for it, I have to spend more than half day in the office for which I wanted a way through which I can make lipstick last longer on my lips.
    Thank you so much for the guidance!

    Please share the contouring tips as well…

  • I have never heard of that powder trick before!! Will definitely try it – thanks for the tip 🙂

    aka Bailey

  • Great tip! My biggest challenge occurs when I wear mat lipsticks (which I love). Though I use powder, I’ve tried applying moisturizer before application, I still haven’t quite gotten it right yet. Any tips?

  • I love this lip shade! But I’m also interested in learning how Elsie normally does her lips where they almost look two toned. Would love a tutorial on that!

  • I can be soooo super lazy about lipstick especially when it’s a shade that needs to be topped up quite regularly, so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Thanks for sharing! ♡

  • What a wonderful tip! I will be giving this a try very soon with a bright bold lip I’ve been wanting to wear!

  • This is great, but why no mention of what color Elsie is wearing in the photos,it is fantastic.

  • Great tip! I love the way you begin with the X. I’ve never see starting your lip looks like that. I definitely need to invest in more lip liners for sure!

  • I have that problem too, so I love your extra tips for moisturizing, Pricila.


  • These are some great tips. I always have a hard time getting my lipstick to stay on long plus I always forget to make a point to touch up later in the day. Also, I can only imagine the giggles taking place during this shoot! How can you not laugh with such silly looking photos (in a good way! Putting make-up is always a silly process from an outside point of view).


  • I’ve never heard of the one-ply paper and powder trick, but I’ll definitely try that next. A makeup artist recently told me that lipliner isn’t necessary with paler shades, but if you’re going with red or other bold color, you definitely want a liner. As she said, “red always shows mistakes!”

  • Awesome tips! I would’ve never have guessed that last step! I gotta try this sometime 🙂 Thank you for sharing!


  • This is awesome! Love this sweet beauty tutorials! That lipstick shade is darling!

  • You have a beautiful smile! My problem isn’t my lipstick or application technique… it’s a lack of lips. Don’t think I could fit the “x” on my cupids bow… sigh…

  • This is a really helpful post! I never buy lip liners but I feel I should start!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • My lips are easily getting dry. Would it be suitable for dry lips? Anyway, I’m definitely going to try this tips but me too first I have to find the matching lip liners. thank you. 🙂

  • Great tips! I’m an everyday lipstick wearer so this will come in really handy. xxx

  • Brilliant! thank you! I would’ve never thought to use liner as a base – fab technique

  • Great tip! I’ve known about this tip for a while, but guilty of not following it! Haha… I should try this tomorrow!

    Love, love, love…

  • Love this simple tutorial! I often have the faded-lip look because I forget to reapply lipstick the days I wear it. I’m excited to try this!


  • We haven’t tried this exact technique – but it’s always great to try something new!

  • Definitely trying this next time I do a bold lip!

  • Interesting, I haven’t tried this technique but I’ll definitely have to try it before my wedding day!

  • I have heard this tip before, but I actually had never heard about creating the “X” at the top of your lip to line it. Very cool!


  • I’ve never heard this particular tip before. Looking forward to trying it out and sharing it with my brides if it works (like I’m sure it will!) 🙂

  • This is really helpful! Thanks for the great tips, and for showing me a whole new, easier way to line my lips. May I ask, what is the lipstick color? It’s just gorgeous, and looks AMAZING on you!

  • This would definitely dry your lips, especially if you’re easily prone to chapped lips. You should always exfoliate your lips first (I brush them with my toothbrush) and then apply some kind of lip mosturitzer. Exfoliating gets rid of all that dead skin and use baby lips to moisturize, let that absorb for a while and then apply the lipliner and then your lipstick. This trick is especially important whenever you are using a matte lipstick. Good luck!

  • Beautiful and practical! I love it. I’m not much of a full fledged lipstick girl. I find it’s a bit too much for my every day life. My alternative is the Burt’s Bees tinted lip shimmer. It gives me a subtle color without the mess and drama of lipstick.


  • This sounds really good, now I actually have to go and buy lip liner haha!
    Much Love, AnnCates

  • I never knew there was a proper way to put on lipstick! I’ll have to try this next time! xoxo

  • Has anyone tried this and noticed dry lips? I’ve heard of this tip before and was always reluctant to try it since my lips chap so easily!

  • Hi Anna!

    This tutorial uses an Urban Decay lipliner in ‘Bang’. They are popular and good quality but shop around and find one you love!

    Both translucent and finishing powders help to set makeup and absorb excess oil, it’s just that finishing powders can have a colour either to match or balance the skin tone.

    Hope I helped!

  • I’ve never seen the outline drawn like that before! So beautiful and perfect for fall lip. 🙂

    Daisy @

  • I just read about this exact tip-powder&tissue just last week in one of the other blogs…time to give this a try..


  • Oh perfect timing! I’m going to a wedding this weekend and was planning on wearing red lipstick, thanks for the tips!

  • Great tips! I have to start using lip liner and powder it down with tissue. My lipstick doesn’t stay long on my lips at all no matter what formula I use. Thanks!

  • Lovely tips – I can only ever get 2-3 hours out of mine. I will give this a go – thanks guys!
    Bec x

  • I JUST did a blog post on this!! I had pretty similar tips as well. Glad to know that you guys agree with my advice, hehe.


  • What lip liner do you guys use? I have never purchased it. Also… what is the powder called? Is translucent and finishing powder the same thing? I have heard of both but I don’t know if they’re the same product. Thank you for posting! I put lipstick on and then half an hour later it all smears off when I get something to drink heh heh. Have a lovely day!

    Anna Neumann from The Whistling Willow

  • Interesting technique, I’ll have to give it a whirl!

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