Your Biggest Lipstick Problems, Solved

Lipstick is a girl’s best friend, but there are plenty of times when it can work against you instead of in your favor. Here’s what to do when your lipstick leaves you with more problems than you bargained for.

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If your lipstick clumps on your lips, try exfoliating

If your lips are dry, anything that you put on it won’t go on smoothly and can clump up on your lips, making the color look pretty bad. Before applying lipstick or lipgloss, which should be a hydrating formula, exfoliate first to remove any dead skin. Try gently buffing your lips with a toothbrush or a lip specific exfoliator like Sarah Happ Lip Scrub ($24).

If your lipstick feathers, try a lip primer

When your lipstick doesn’t ‘stick’ to your lips, you may want to prime the lips first, which gives a base for the color to adhere to. Our pick: Nyx Cosmetics Lip Primer ($7).

If your lipstick fades too quick, try using lipliner

When you apply lipliner before you apply your lipstick, you add another layer of color to your lips that’s usually matte, too. The more matte the formula, the better grip your color will have. Line your lips in a color that matches your lipstick, we like Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22), and then fill in your lips with the lipliner before applying your lipstick.