13 Best Lip Primers to Keep Your Lipstick in Place All Day

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A good lip primer is the key to a keeping your funky—or just totally casual—color in place all-day with infrequent touch-ups or feathering. We’ve compiled a list of the 13 best lip primers so you can eat, sip, chew, and chat knowing your lipstick will still be there at the end of the day.

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The Classic

Prep + Prime Lip Primer



Hydrate, refine, and prep your lips with this cult favorite. For best results, let it set for a few minutes and follow with a liner.


The Quick-Dry

Lip Insurance Lip Primer

Too Faced


Lock in moisture with this hydrating (and quick-drying!) primer that won’t fade nor transfer to your clothing. Plus, it goes on super smooth to prevent flaking and color bleeding.


The Affordable Option

Lippie Primer



This unique primer is made up of spherical beads that fill in lines on your lips. Pro tip: Don’t forget to apply to the outer edge of the lip line. This will help prevent feathering.


The Multitasker

Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer



Plump and prime with this two-in-one special. As the water disperses on the lips it leaves a conditioning shield to seal in moisture and deliver volume-boosting actives. It also helps to neutralize discoloration and any imperfection on the lips.


The Lip Smoother

Lip Primer

NYX Professional Makeup


Place this primer under any lipstick or gloss and you’ll instantly notice a difference. The creamy formula provides a great base coat and the product is super affordable.


The Lip Plumper

Picture Perfect Hydrating Clear Lip Primer



Pump up your pout. The peptides plump your lips to create a subtle bee-stung effect while the silica spheres coat your lips to fill in any flakes or lines.


The Nourishing Treatment

Line & Define Lip Primer

Bite Beauty


It’s all about the ingredients. Resveratrol, jojoba oil, and argan oil condition and smooth while the perfect amount of mint gives you sumptuous-looking lips.


The Sheer Solution

Lip Primer

Anastasia Beverly Hills


Slide this sheer primer on to moisturize and prepare your lips for color. It’s the perfect base for any lip, so you can experiment with different pigments. Bonus: It can be used as a lip repairing treatment at night.


The Vegan Option

Glide-On Lip Pencil

Urban Decay


This is the perfect liner for all the vegans out there. Just like its name boasts, it really does last for 24 hours. Finally pull all-nighters without worrying about your lipstick.


The Sensitive Skin Option

Outlast Longwear Lipstick 500 Clear



Fragrance-free and crafted for the most sensitive skin, Covergirl’s longwear primer is perfect for those who tend to break out from every little product. It’s a moisturizing top or bottom coat that will leave lips soft and smooth.  


The Longwear Legend

Lasting Finish by Kate Lip Conditioning Balm



Rimmel Lasting Finish is ideal for dry lips that are prone to cracking. The hydrating balm acts like a vaseline to coat the lips with moisture, while still providing a thin enough base for your lipstick application. 


The Bright Color Base

Lip Primer

NYX Professional Makeup


Don’t want your lipstick to smudge after one drink or a really big yawn?  NYX Professional Makeup Makeup Lip Primer provides the perfect texturized base to make sure your color stays in place and looks fabulous all day. 


The Exfoliator

Sugar Wonder Drops Lip Primer



This gentle leave-on exfoliant will soothe dry lips with the help of natural AHAs. Crafted with a mix of sugars, fruits, and flower extracts, the all-natural option will leave lips ready for a fresh swipe of lipstick.  

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