4 Ways to Keep Your Lipstick From Smudging

September 09, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
4 Ways to Keep Your Lipstick From Smudging

Especially in the time of COVID-19 (and wearing face masks!), keeping your lipstick color intact is probably one of the most difficult makeup feats. No one wants to be constantly touching up or have their lipstick layers appear cakey or feel uncomfortable. That’s why we put together a step-by-step tutorial on exactly how to keep your lipstick from bleeding, smudging or feathering.

STEP 1: Start With Invisible Lip Liner

Invisible lip liners are the first step to any good lipstick application because they serve as a smooth, tacky base for the formula you apply on top. Here, we used the Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner Pencil in Ozone, which has a clear, creamy finish to outline the shape of the lips and fill them in from the center outward.

STEP 2: Tap Concealer Over Lips

Once your lips are prepped with the invisible liner, tap on a concealer like the Maybelline New York Age Rewind Concealer all over the lips. This will help create an evenly colored canvas underneath your lipstick and serve as a primer to lock color in place.  

STEP 3: Apply Your Lip Color

Next, it’s time to apply your lip color. We opted for a lightweight, matte stain here — the L’Oréal Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lip Stain in I Don’t. It leaves behind one of the softest but most potent colors you can get your hands on. We also love how easy it is to apply; two swipes is all you need. If you prefer a creamier, more traditional lipstick finish, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick, which is hydrating and smudge-proof.
loreal paris colour riche lipstick

STEP 4: Blot With Tissue

To keep your lipstick from budging, finish off with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder, a tissue and fluffy brush. First, apply the tissue over your mouth, and softly tap the translucent powder overtop. This will set and press in the color for a long-lasting finish without compromising the color payoff. The best part? It’ll keep your pout transfer-free when you’re wearing a face mask.
Photo and Video: Chaunte Vaughn

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