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Same as you, usually just lipliner or reverse lining. If that isn’t enough, I’ll use e.l.f. Lip Lock Pencil before lining. Also, just using less lip color can work, especially with liquid lipsticks and lip tars. A little goes a long way.

I use a lip scrub. Got the Lush Bubblegum one but for sure you could make your own for much cheaper. Then I use a lip liner to fill in lip. Top with lipstick. I pat it one. If I am wearing lipstick though. I have been using liquid lips lately. They keep your lips in place:)

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Definitely lipliner! That’s numero uno, plus exfoliating seems to help with lipstick longevity overall. I do use MAC Prep & Prime under many lipsticks just out of habit, but I know it’s also effective at preventing bleeding. But I also have a problem I inherited from my Italian grandfather, upper lip peach fuzz, which I get rid of because that fuzz can cause lipstick to bleed! So I tweeze it or carefully cut it down with baby safety scissors.

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Same here. Usually just lip liner or added UD Ozone for times when I really need things to stay in place and I’m good to go. I also just like wearing lip liner as lipstick a lot as it’s much lower maintenance.

I was ready to stop reading until i came to yours. At 52, i have never had any issue with this. Not to brag, though. I have plenty of other much harder issues to tackle. As i age, I can definitely tell when a woman has smoked by lip aging.

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I actually expect lipstick not to feather without my having to do anything special to prevent it! Wearing it over a lip primer (MAC Prep & Prime for lips) works better for me than lip liner or reverse lining. Plus, with reverse lining, if I put it on over base/powder it can be detectable, and I don’t always remember to put it on between base and powder. If I put it on before my base, it doesn’t work. For me, lining is more about when I want a sharp edge on a bright/deep shade. But it’s easier just to blur the edge (very) slightly with a flat cotton bud if I’m in a hurry than to fuss over perfect edges.

For me, feathering is usually grounds for returning a lipstick, but if I really love it otherwise, and it’s unique in some way, and wearing it over primer fixes the problem, I’ll keep it.

If I use invisible lip liners it is always visible as a white line
Is this what you mean? So I have to put on the liner between foundation and powder ? Would Love to get an answer because I have nearly all invisible liners that exist and have always the Same Problem with the white line and always thought the liner is not good.
But if the Problem is that I put it on After powder I Could use them. I have a lot of beautiful lipsticks I do bot use because of feathering.

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Kylie, I have not really figured it out yet. It’s actually possible to use some of them all over your lips like a primer (Urban Decay Ozone can be used that way). I’m having pretty good luck preventing bleeding at the corners (with the formulas that happens with for me) by applying MAC Prep + Prime lip primer to my lips before applying my lipstick.

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Actually I need some advice on feathering! My dark liquid lipsticks feather ALOT, and I need some recommendations…
I know that UD ozone lip pencil is great but is it effective with liquid lipsticks? The make up artists I talk to all say different things :/

Hey πŸ™‚ I have the Ozone from UD. I get A LOT of feathering and bleeding without lipliner especially for darker or brighter shades. With the Ozone, I still get those things but less so I wouldn’t say it’s 100% effective. Maybe my lips are defective who knows haha

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Hey thanks for your input! I will try the ozone pencil then πŸ™‚ Don’t worry it’s not just you haha! ALL my dark shades feather on me…but liquid lipsticks tend to be faster πŸ™

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I use a reverse lip liner most of the time b/c I end up using the few lip liners I own as a lip color than to line my lips. I really like the Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner and I personally think it’s comparable to Too Faced’s.

Lipliner and common sense! LOL At 71, I have a number of vertical lines radiating from my lips. A lipliner in a creamy, but not greasy, formula does the trick when it comes to holding my lipstick in place. I’m partial to Guerlain’s lipliners because they glide on, stay put, and match either my natural lip color or the range of lipstick colors that I favor.

Common sense also comes into play. It’s important to be mindful of just how emollient the lipstick, gloss, or balm actually is–the more slip it has, the more it will tend to migrate. Also, the type of lip treatment we use (if any) will affect how well the lipstick clings to our lips without moving. And then there’s always reality: I’m 71 and as much as I might love the look of certain products, I have to accept that I have some deep verticals lines so those products might not work for me no matter what I do.

At night, I dab creams and retinols on the skin around my lips, then add a moisturizing lip balm on my lips. That helps minimize wrinkles and fine lines that can cause lipstick bleeding. I exfoliate my lips regularly with gentle scrub from toothbrush. With darker or bolder lipsticks, I will use lipliners. I prefer lipsticks that aren’t too runny or slippery. A lip brush is great too, but I’m usually too lazy to use one. And SPF lip balm is a must, to prevent sun damage, and fine lines/shriveling that can cause lipstick bleeding.

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Lip liner usually does it for me. I like the UD big ozone pencil for the clear lip liner. If a lipstick still feathers, I don’t use it. πŸ™‚

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