When it comes to choosing a lipstick, there's more to consider than color; certain formulas stay on longer than others. Mattes, for example, are drier than glosses or creams; they sit on the surface of the lips, so they don't fade into the skin as quickly or rub off as easily. Special long-wearing lipsticks (available at most drugstores) are another option. They contain polymers that bind color to lips so that it can last for up to eight hours. Lip tints have a light, watery consistency and actually stain the lips with color. Top all of these formulas with a swipe of gloss or balm to moisturize your lips and add shine.
Which Lipsticks Last Longest?
Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2003