Foundation Is The Key To Smudge-Free Lipstick

A beat face isn't perfect until the lips are made up. Lipstick can set off your look with a fiery pop of color, or complement it with a more subtle, neutral finish. Lip gloss adds a shiny, sumptuous glow to your face.

The problem with most lipsticks is that they don't always appear the way you applied them at first after a couple of hours. From smudging to cracking and wrinkling, lipstick tends to look less appealing with time. The texture can become uneven which is a big enough turn-off for anyone. Even your favorite liquid lipsticks dry out your lips after some time. The reason why your lipstick seems smudged, cracked, and flaky after some time is you didn't prepare your lips before applying it. This especially goes for people whose lip hygiene is severely lacking. It is important to prep your lips before putting on lipstick so that the result comes out flawless.

Fortunately, priming the lips by applying foundation before using lipstick can even out the application and enable it to stay on for a longer period of time without having to reapply. It also prevents the lipstick from sinking into cracks and splits on your lips. Plenty of makeup stylists and enthusiasts have tuned into this hack and attested that it works so what are you waiting for?

This method allows for an even lipstick finish

Lipstick is generally known to smudge and flake after time from basic activities such as talking, smiling, or even just by oxidizing from being exposed to air. The foundation hack ensures that their lipstick stays on and remains smooth and luscious even after several hours.

Per Stylecraze, the first thing you want to do is exfoliate your lips. We are all guilty of sometimes paying more attention to our skin than our lips. If you regularly have dry, crusty lips, then your lipstick has a greater chance of not turning out okay even if you do use foundation. It might even make it worse. Use a lip scrub or your daily soft toothbrush with warm water to exfoliate your lips.

After this, apply a moisturizer such as petroleum jelly or cocoa butter to protect your lips and promote healing. Then, you can move on to the foundation. Apply foundation in small amounts using a lip brush and gently blend it in by dabbing it down. Don't rub it in or rub your lips together because that could cause wrinkling and unevenness. Some people like to use concealer before foundation — either way is up to you. Next, use a lip liner to outline your desired shape. Make sure you blend the lip liner in for an even fuller look, and finally, fill it in with your lipstick.

How to make your lipstick last longer

For a lot of makeup enthusiasts, making lipstick last the entire day is a struggle only a few can pull off. The good thing about using this method as a base for applying lipstick is that it solves a lot of the problems that come with wearing lipstick. The exfoliation process removes dead skin and hydrates your lips while the foundation offers a seamless finish and boosts your color. However, there are more steps you can take to further ensure that your lipstick stays on around the clock.

For the best results, use a lightweight sheer foundation that can cover the lips without overpowering them. For this, you can use the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, which comes in 40 shades.

In addition to this, if you're looking for a lipstick that is less likely to rub off or smear, then you should consider using liquid lipstick. The specially-formulated viral smudge-free Nyx liquid lipstick promises to last longer than normal creamy lipstick.