Kissing with Lipstick Without a Mess

Kissing with Lipstick Without a Mess

Whether you want to kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve or want to kiss your S.O. with your perfectly irresistible lips, but you’re tired of dealing with lipstick everywhere except on your lips. 

Worry no more! 

We at Alleyoop have the ultimate guide to kissing lipstick without messing with you and your partner. So, pucker up! After reading our tips and tricks, you’ll be ready for a good make-out session anytime!

Is It Possible To Stop Lipstick From Making a Mess While Kissing? 

Yes and no.

First and foremost, with our tried-and-true method, it is possible to reduce the chances of any lipstick transferring from you to your partner, or worse, all over your perfectly set makeup. We have done our research and know that you are well on your way to kissing without a lipstick catastrophe by following our tips and using the correct products.

Although it is possible to stop lipstick from making a mess while kissing, there may be a small transfer of lip color to your partner. However, our methods are as close to foolproof as possible. So, get ready to do some kissing after reading this article! 

Keep reading to discover our top recommendations for kissing with lipstick without a mess! 

The Key: Prep Your Lips Before Applying Lipstick

Like the rest of your flawless makeup application, your lipstick applies better and stays on better when your lips are as smooth and kissable as ever. In addition, lightly scrubbing your lips to remove any dead skin cells ensures your lipstick will adhere better to your lips. 

Just like the rest of our skin, when our lips get dry and chapped, the dead skin tends to stick around unless we remove it with a gentle exfoliant or toothbrush. 

Another option for scrubbing your lips is to purchase a gentle lip scrub product if you have experienced some serious chapping. After you have removed all of the dead skin cells from your lips, apply your favorite soothing lip balm and leave it on your lips for a few minutes.

You’ll want to gently remove the lip balm with a tissue before applying your favorite lipstick. 

Ideal Type of Lipstick for Kissing

There are three most common types of lipstick: gloss, cream, and matte. All three work well for different occasions; however, only one lipstick is less likely to make a mess while kissing: the matte formula. 

But let’s take a closer look at all three options so you can decide which is better for you. 

Gloss Lipstick

Gloss lipstick is perfect for days when you want a little shine while you are out and about running errands and grabbing coffee. It’s the ideal combination of adding a small amount of color to your makeup and moisturizing your lips. 

However, glossy lipstick is super slippery and more likely to slide off while kissing and make a mess. 

Cream Lipstick

Cream formulas add not only color to your face, but this creamy, rich formula keeps your lips soft and kissable. Unfortunately, although cream lipstick is one of the most moisturizing lipsticks, it is also one of the more slippery lipstick formulas. 

That’s why it is more likely to rub off while kissing, creating a mess for both you and your kissing partner.

Matte Lipstick

Matte lipstick is the best option for lipstick to use when kissing because it is much less emollient than other types of lipstick. The more emollient, the less likely your lipstick is to stay on while kissing. Therefore, matte lipstick is usually the best lipstick option for kissing without a mess. 

That being said, if you’re looking for a convenient way to carry all three types of lipstick with you to go from day to night, we’ve got you covered. 

Our Multi-Mood: 1 Lip Color in 3 Finishes is a phenomenal product for every person on the go. We have included all three versatile finishes: a gloss, a cream, and a matte in one portable case! 

In addition, our lipsticks are infused with key ingredients such as shea butter to keep your lips extra moisturized and soft all day long. Our Multi-Mood: 1 Lip Color in 3 Finishes contains Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, a natural source of antioxidants and a vital ingredient in cosmetic products.  

The best part? If you only have a small evening bag or pocket to carry your matte lipstick to the party, then you can break the case apart and bring just one finish with you! 

How To Apply Lipstick To Make Your Lips As Kissable as Possible

Now you’re ready to apply your lipstick! 

Follow our super easy steps so your lipstick will stay on your lips and not on your date! 

Prep Your Lips 

Always prep your lips with the technique we listed earlier because you want to make sure your lips are as smooth as possible so they will hold your lipstick in place. 

If you’ve already prepped your lips and have applied lip balm or you still have your day lipstick on, be sure to blot your lips with a tissue to remove your lip balm or remaining lip color from the day before following the steps to apply lipstick. 

Line Your Lips 

Lining your lips with a lip liner creates a barrier on your lips that helps keep the lip color within your lips and does not make a mess when the kissing starts. This step is essential to applying lipstick before a kissing session because it prevents the color from smudging outside of the line you filled in with lipstick. 

You definitely don’t want to deal with feathering and “bleeding” of lip color along the edges of your lips. You can even fill in all of your lips with lip liner if you want to be extra cautious of lipstick staying on while kissing (which we highly recommend!).

A great option is trying our Pen Pal: Makeup Pen for your lip liner application. Not only is it perfect for applying eyeliner quickly and easily, but it is also an eyeliner, brow pencil, and highlighter all in one convenient, easy-to-use pen. Furthermore, it comes in three universally flattering lip shades, one for every occasion.  

In addition, it’s perfect for travel and fits in a tiny evening bag for nights out on the town!

Apply Your Favorite Lipstick  

Next, you’re ready to apply your favorite matte lipstick. After you have picked your favorite color for a night out on the town, simply gently glide your matte lipstick over the lip liner you already applied. Pay careful attention to the corners of your lip where your lipstick is most likely to feather. 

Some people prefer to apply their lipstick with a lip brush for a more precise application. The choice is entirely up to you! If you want to use a lip brush to apply your lipstick, always make sure you wash your lip brushes to stop the spread of germs.  

Don’t Forget To Blot! 

Blotting may seem like something from the 50s era your grandma did when applying her lipstick. However, blotting is one of the keys to not making a mess with your lipstick when kissing!

Because blotting your lips after applying lipstick helps set the pigment into your lips, reducing the possibility of your lip color transferring to other parts of your face or, worse, your kissing partner. 

Not sure how to properly blot? We’ve got you covered! 

  • Grab a Tissue
  • Place Tissue Between Your Lips 
  • Apply Light Pressure for a Couple of Seconds 
  • Lightly Brush with Translucent Powder 

Apply a Final Coat of Lipstick 

Finally, apply a final, light coat of lipstick to seal the deal. Applying an additional coat of lipstick after blotting is essential because it adds an extra layer of protection for locking in your lipstick no matter how much kissing takes place! 

Additional Tips for Kissing With Lipstick Without a Mess

Use the right makeup brushes 

When applying both your lipstick (if you choose to use a makeup brush and your foundation, applying your foundation with the right makeup brush, particularly around the lips, helps maintain a barrier from your lipliner. 

Consider Using a Makeup Setting Spray

After you have finished applying your makeup and lipstick, try spraying your complete look with the setting spray of your choice. Setting spray is a great way to keep your makeup, especially your lipstick, in place much longer than without the setting spray. 

Less Is More

Less is more when it comes to lipstick, setting spray, or lipliner. Only apply the amount you need to look and feel your best. 


All in all, kissing with lipstick without a mess is entirely possible by following our tips and tricks! 

Two of the essential steps to keeping your lipstick on your lips and not on your kissing partner is to, first, prep your lips. And second, choose the correct lipstick type for your make-out session. Matte lipstick type will most likely be the best option for most kissing with lipstick because of its ability to stay on longer.

Last but not least, don’t forget to blot after applying your favorite matte lipstick!  

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Have you tried our Multi-Mood: 1 Lip Color in 3 Finishes? Join the #alleyooptroop and let us know how you have achieved kissable lips! Which finish is your favorite?

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