The right lip colour sets the tone for the rest of the day. Whether you’re feeling playful in bright pink or sophisticated in a matte red, a lip look changes your entire outlook. There’s a reason we can’t stop indulging in new colours and formulas. (And don’t even get us started on scents! That finishing touch is all in the memory.)

But, with the hustle and bustle of moving throughout the day, your lip colour can smudge and rub off. The trick to keeping flawless lips is all in the preparation. Below, we’ve picked out five steps to achieving ultimate smudge-proof lips that won’t disappear with your early morning coffee.        

  1. Scrub Up
    Think of your lipstick application as a journey—you have to prepare for it. To ready your pout for perfection, be sure to exfoliate. A good lip scrub containing fine granules, such as sugar, will help remove the dead skin cells that contribute to feathering and clumping. Try: Lise Watier Sensational Kiss Lips Soft Exfoliating Lip Balm

  2. Prime Time
    You’re probably using a facial primer, but now it’s time for your lips to get in on the action. A specially-formulated lip primer containing nourishing oils, vitamins, peptides or even hyaluronic acid will help smooth uneven texture and plump up a dehydrated pout. But a primer’s real power is helping makeup stay in place longer, thanks to the flat, matte surface it creates for your fave lipstick. Try: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift Smoothing Lipstick Primer; Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer

  3. Line ’Em Up
    To prevent colour bleeding, trace your lip line with a clear or coloured liner before putting on lip colour. For the ultimate holding power, fill in your entire lip with a coloured liner that matches your lipstick before you glide it on—this under-layer will saturate the colour and lock it in for the long haul. Try: Know Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner or Clinique Quickliner for Lips

  4. Stop, Drop and Blot
    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to lipstick! Once you’ve given yourself a nice even coat, gently blot any excess product using face tissue. Try: Bourjois Lip Laque

  5. Powder Move
    To cement your artistry even further, apply a light dusting of translucent finishing powder using your pinky. Then re-apply your lipstick one last time if you feel any of the colour has been blotted or powdered away. Try: Lise Watier Magnifix-to-Go Universal Perfecting Powder

That’s it! Your amazing lip look is officially committed to sticking around.