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How to Blot Lipstick Correctly

There's a Better Way to Blot Your Lipstick

Blotting your lipstick is pretty straightforward, but did you know that the way you blot can mean lots more reapplications and uneven wear? When most people blot, they take the tissue, put it between their lips, and squeeze. This isn't wrong, but it can contribute to lip color having a shorter lifespan. Plus, the color on the outside edge of lips sticks around longer than the lipstick closer to the center, so you end up with an uneven ring around your mouth instead of a pretty, evenly faded look. So what's the solution? Find out when you read more.

  • First of all, don't press hard when you blot. It's just intended to take off excess color, not keep the color from moving altogether. If you're blotting hard because you're afraid the color is going to get everywhere otherwise, use a lip liner, and go over the top of your lipstick with pressed powder to set it.
  • To keep your wear more even, avoid putting the tissue between your lips. Instead, just press it lightly on top of your mouth. This way, you don't remove more color from the inside than the outside. The color inside fades faster anyway, and lips are naturally darker toward the center, so this makes the color look less "fake" as well.

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CalidaA CalidaA 5 years
Thanks for the tips! I've been wearing lip color this week and have been noticing the funny fade too, so this is really helpful! I'll have to try it out.
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