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How to Keep Your Lipstick From Smudging

Count the mornings where you get to work and realize that your coffee cup is wearing more lipstick than you are. With shades like orange heating up for Spring, you've got more reasons than ever to wear a bold lip – and keep it where you want it. As tempting as it to just swipe and go, a few extra steps will keep your pout looking perfect all day long.

Prep your lips: Applying lipstick to dry or cracked lips means that not only will it shift off, but you'll also see the flakes through the color. Try a sugar scrub at least once a week to keep your lips feeling soft.

Keep your lips moisturized: Make sure to apply plenty of lip balm when you don't have your color on. When you are applying in the morning, make sure to blot all lip balm off before you start putting on lipstick. If they still feel slick, dust a little loose powder over your lips to give a good grippy surface for the lipstick to adhere to.

Keep color off your teeth: Protect yourself from this common faux pas with a simple trick: after applying your lipstick, wash your hands and slide your index finger between your lips once. The color that's hanging out on the innermost part of your lips will come off with your finger, keeping it off your pearly whites.

Powder up: This works especially well with high-gloss pigments that go haywire in the heat. After applying your lipstick, blot with a tissue. Next place the tissue over your lips. Using an invisible setting powder and a fluffy blush brush, lightly tap the powder onto the tissue. The powder will absorb the excess moisture of the lipstick and keep it in place.

Walk the line: If you don't want to use lip liner to create a sharp outline, we've got a trick for you. Take a cream concealer and trace around the outside of your lips with a lip liner brush, which will help keep the line steady and get it as close to your lips as possible. The concealer will act like a wall against your lipstick, preventing it from smudging across your face.

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