How To Apply Your Perfect Longwear Lipstick

Arielle Benasillo
Arielle Benasillo is a 23 year old New Yorker who's passion for makeup is real. Growing up with both parents as hair stylists, the skill ran in the family. She recently graduated from Make Up Forever Academy New York certifying her in beauty & fashion, theatrical, special effects makeup and body painting. Arielle is now a freelance makeup artist working on photo shoots, weddings and events, as well as being employed at Salon S for makeup artistry. On her free time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, froyo night with her roommates, and taking advantage of bottomless brunch in Manhattan with friends.

My faaavorite — lips! Lipstick is definitely the finishing touch to any look. Nude, red, purple, pink — any color you want, they have it! And with any color you apply, there is a technique that will make those lips look on point:

  1. First, I apply a lip balm/moisturizer. I let this sit while I do the rest of my makeup. If your lips are very dry and need exfoliating, I use a lip scrub even before I apply a lip balm.
    Favorites: C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve ($5.50), and Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50).

  2. After I applied makeup to the rest of my face, my lips are the final touch. I first take off any excess balm on my lips that didn’t soak in. This is an important step because if your lips have any moisturizer or balm, your lipstick basically slides right off. After your lips are free of product, I like to use the Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfecter to line the outside of my lips. It is a clear liner that blocks the product from feathering out and keeps that nice defined line.
    Favorites: Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfecter ($19), and Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner ($4.99).

  3. Now that you’re prepped, it’s time to grab your lip liner and add some color! Make sure your liner is sharpened — it’s much easier to work with rather than a dull tip. Start with lining the cupid’s bow and the bottom lip so you can focus on symmetry. Then line the outer corners and connect the line from the outer corners to the cupids bow and same for the bottom lip.
    Favorites: MAC Lip Pencil ($16), and OCC Colour Pencil ($16)

  4. After you lined your lips I almost always color inside so my lips have a base. Some people blend the line inwards with a brush, but I like to have a layer underneath my lipstick. However, it is totally up to you; there is no wrong way for this part!
  5. Apply your lipstick. You can either apply with a brush or straight from the tube. Favorites? Oh there’s so many! But here are just a few: MAC Lipstick ($16), Nars Audacious Lipstick ($32), and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22)MAC lipstick gif
  6. Want to make your lipstick longwear? After you’ve applied your first layer of lipstick, lightly blot/press the excess off with a tissue. Then, use a transclucent powder or even an eye shadow that matches the lipstick color works. I use my finger and lightly dab the powder or eyeshadow onto my lips. You can also hold a single-ply tissue over your lips and lightly powder with a powder brush.
  7. Using a brush, dab a little concealer and apply carefully around your lips. This step isn’t necessary, but it does make the color pop and it looks reeeal good.