6 Amazing Ways To Prevent Lipstick Stains On Glasses & Collars

No more complaints of lipstick stains with these useful and effective tips

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Beautiful lips can make any makeup appear stunning and alluring. But the trouble starts after the application when your boyfriend complains about you leaving lipstick stains on his shirt. How can you then get the lip gloss off the clothes? No matter how careful you are, a small touch across a glossy lip might transfer the color to the clothes. And most lipsticks tend to transfer. In this article, we have discussed ways to prevent lipstick from transferring to clothes. Keep reading!

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Seal The Deal With A Sealant: Applying a lipstick sealant can take away all your worries of lipstick transfers.
  • Stain The Lips: Opt for a lip stain to color your lips as they are comparatively less transferable.
  • Use A Lip Mask: A lip mask will impart color to your lips within 15-45 seconds that will be non-transferable and stay put the entire day.

6 Ways To Prevent Lipstick Transferring To Glasses And Collars

The 6 ways listed here to prevent your lipstick from transferring will definitely blow your mind! Now, you will really know how to tweak your lip makeup to get ready for a stain-proof day. So, let me spare the formalities of an introduction and dive right into the 6 amazing tips to make your lips transfer-proof:

1. Wear A Lip Liner

A closeup of a woman applying a lip liner to prevent lipstick transferring.
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One of the great ways to make your lips stand out bold and noticeable is to wear a lip liner prior to the application of a lipstick. But, this step also prevents transferring of your lipstick. The lip liner formula is generally slightly dry in texture and holds up the creamy formula of your lipstick, preventing transferring. A lip liner accentuates the shape of your lips, helps create depth and also keeps your favorite lip color in place to give you transfer-proof and long-lasting lip makeup.

Roxanne Latulippe, a YouTuber, shared the tricks she uses to make her lipstick transfer-proof. She uses lip liner before applying lipstick to define her lips. In her vlog, she explains, “It’s gonna add longevity to your lipstick. It’s not gonna run down (i).”

2. Try A Lip Primer

A closeup of a woman applying lip primer to prevent lipstick transferring.
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John Stapleton, the senior artist of M.A.C. Cosmetics sums up the role of a primer “If you want your paint to stick on the wall flawlessly you need to prime it first.” A lip primer helps in preparing your lips by creating an even and flawless base. The components in the lip primer formula also increase the longevity of your lipsticks as well as prevent transferring to collars and glasses.

Roxanne uses a lip primer as the first step in her lip makeup. She uses it as the base of the lipstick, saying, “It gets sticky and is like a beautiful base for the pigment to really hold onto your lips (i) .” It also keeps her lips hydrated all day long.

3. Remember To Blot

A closeup of a woman blotting her lips to prevent lipstick transferring.
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Just as you would require oil blotting papers to help prevent slipping of makeup and reset your makeup, blotting your lipstick helps prevent shifting of the formula. Now start applying a thin layer of your lipstick all over your lips, and then take a single clean tissue paper and blot your lips. Then, follow it with another layer of your lipstick to finish sealing the formula. All you have to remember to get this trick right is to avoid blotting forcefully as you don’t want to remove or wear off your lipstick completely!


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To blot out excess lipstick or lip gloss, hold a folded tissue paper or blotting paper between your lips and purse them close together. Don’t rub or swipe.

4. Powder Up

Closeup of a woman applying powder on her lips to prevent lipstick transferring.
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This trick is another simple yet effective way to seal your lipsticks. After applying your lipstick, take your favorite compact or translucent powder in a large brush and dust it all over your lips to set your lipstick. Then re-apply another layer of the lipstick and you are done. It is also a great trick to use a blush matching your lipstick and pat it over the top of your lipstick to keep it intact. The powder formula helps in reducing excess moisture from the lipstick, which is the sole reason for feathering and transferring from your lip line.

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Avoid eating greasy or oily foods as the oil in them can make the lipstick pigments dissolve and become highly transferable. If you do eat oily food, you need to blot your lips, reapply your lipstick, and set it again using a powder to keep it from staining everything it touches.

5. Try Foundation

Closeup of a woman applying foundation on her lips to prevent lipstick transferring.
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Just like a lip liner helps in holding lipstick in place, applying foundation and setting it with compact powder helps in preparing your lips for lipstick application. It helps in creating an even base as well as prevents transferring of the lipsticks from the lip line.

6. Exfoliate Your Lips

A woman exfoliating her red lips
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Exfoliating your lips is a game-changer when it comes to preventing lipstick stains on glasses and collars. Regularly sloughing off dead skin not only keeps your lips soft and supple but also ensures a smoother canvas for lipstick application. A simple homemade exfoliant comprising sugar and honey or olive oil works wonders in gently buffing away dry, flaky skin. Gently massage this mixture onto your lips in circular motions, then rinse after 5 to 10 minutes to reveal a smoother surface. By eliminating rough patches, lipstick adheres evenly, reducing the chances of smudges and transfers. This lip care ritual not only maintains lip health but also serves as a proactive measure against those pesky stains.

Infographic: 5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Transfer-Proof

Most glossy and creamy lipsticks tend to transfer. However, you can easily make them transfer-proof if you prep your lips properly. The infographic below has a list of hacks that can turn your regular lipstick into a transfer-proof one and make it stay on longer. Check it out!

5 ways to make your lipstick transfer proof (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

With this guide on how to prevent lipstick stains, your days of worries are over – no more complaints and only eye-catching lip makeup. Apply the lip color that you love, add gloss if you want to, and flaunt it like never before, because, now, my friend, you do not have to worry about lipstick stains spoiling your clothes. So, let your lips do the talking. The tips and tricks mentioned above will rescue you. Do not forget to blot your lipstick once you have added magic to your lips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hairspray remove lipstick stains?

Yes. Hairspray may not be a super effective method to remove lipstick stains; however, it can be a quick fix. Spray it on stained fabric, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and use a clean cloth to scrub and wipe it off. Later, washing that garment as usual should do the trick.

Can vinegar remove lipstick stains?

Yes. Mix two cups of warm water with a tablespoon of detergent and distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and blot it on the stained area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Dip another clean cloth in plain water to clean the spot, and then use a paper towel to pat it dry. Use an absorbent material to soak up any excess liquid and prevent it from spreading.

How can I get lipgloss out of the upholstery?

To get lip gloss out of upholstery, you can mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, and use a clean cloth to blot the stain. Rinse the area with water and blot dry with a clean towel.

How can I remove lip gloss from the carpet?

To remove lip gloss from carpet, you can apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth and blot the stain. Repeat until the stain is gone, then rinse the area with water.

Does rubbing alcohol remove lipstick stains?

Yes, rubbing alcohol can be effective in removing lipstick stains from fabric.

Does hand sanitizer remove lipstick stains?

Yes, hand sanitizer can also be effective in removing lipstick stains, especially from fabric.

What is the best stain remover for lipstick on fabric?

The best stain remover for lipstick on fabric depends on the type of fabric. Products like OxiClean and Shout can be effective in removing stains, but it’s important to read the instructions carefully and test the product first.

Can lip gloss stains be removed from dry-clean only fabrics?

Lip gloss stains may be difficult to remove from dry-clean only fabrics, as they are often more delicate and require special care. It’s best to take the fabric to a professional dry cleaner and let them handle the stain removal process.

Key Takeaways

    • A lip primer makes your lipstick stay without smudging.
    • You can gently blot your lipstick before applying another coat to remove excess product.
    • A compact powder might help set your lipstick and last long.
    • A foundation prepares your lips and holds your lipstick without any transfer.
6 Amazing Ways To Prevent Lipstick Stains On Glasses & Collars

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