Apply your lipstick with a lip brush. A lipstick is not shaped like our lips so we don't want to mess up our lip line that we just created by applying lipstick straight from the tube. Plus, when we apply lipstick straight from the tube, we tend to keep rubbing it back and forth. This is just warming up a creamy product which will encourage it to run. We also tend to put on too much. If we apply a lipstick with a lip brush, we will use less lipstick. Also, it will wear longer because we have a chance to work it into the lip and over our lip liner. We won't have all of these extra coats of lipstick that have no where to go but off.
Applying your lipstick with a lip brush is also much more sanitary. It is much easier and quicker to sanitize your lip brush than it is a tube of lipstick. However, it is possible to clean your actual lipstick if needed.
To keep your lipstick tube clean, use a spatula to scoop off the top layer and then use that with your lip brush to apply your lipstick. I know, that sounds like a pain. I agree. Another way is to soak your lipstick in alcohol for 10 minutes. It needs the full 10 minutes. This will totally clean and disinfect your lipstick tube and you can use it again right away.
Retractable Lip Brush
A retractable lip brush is a great tool to have. What I love about it is that you can load up your wand with your favorite lip color or balm and retract it. Now it will very easily fit in your pocket and all you have to do is pull it out and open it up and tada, you have lips again.
Blot and set your lipstick. Take a clean tissue and blot your lipstick real well. Next, apply a little translucent powder with a sponge directly over the lipstick and dust off the excess with a brush. The old rule of thumb in makeup is to set all your creams with powder. Lipstick is a cream so set it with powder. Sounds crazy, I know, but it works! This creates a stain of color on your lips. So throughout the day when you feel like your lips are dry, you can be confident that at least you still have lip color on.
Then, repeat steps 2 and 3 for shine and volume. Line your lips again, blend it and then apply your lip color one more time. When you layer it, color will last longer.
Now I know your lips feel pretty dry right now. The drier something is, the longer it will last. That is why matte lipsticks wear longer.
But stay tuned to Step 5 and we will solve that problem.