Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Prevent Lip Color from Feathering or Bleeding

Share your best tips and tricks for keeping your lip color on your lips and not outside of them! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. Lip liner!  Whether it’s a lip liner that’s similar to your natural lip color or the one you’re applying, it can help keep the color from moving outside of your natural lip lines.
  2. Clear lip liner works a treat around the outer edge of the lips to prevent it from migrating!
  3. If you’re very prone to feathering/bleeding with your lip colors, opt for more matte formulas – more emollient/glossier products have a tendency to slip and bleed more.

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18 thoughts on “How to Prevent Lip Color from Feathering or Bleeding – Tips & Tricks

  1. I swear by Mac’s Prep and Prime Lip. It helps your lipstick stick to your lips, and it keeps them smooth and soft at the same time. I also use lip liner, whether it’s a bright red color, a color that is rosy like my lips, or just a clear lip pencil.

  2. I neeever wear lip liner… But then again, I never really wear unforgiving lip colors either, so I kinda play it safe like that.

  3. Barbie

    i use e.l.f. lip lock pencil only 3.00 and it works really well.

  4. Lee

    The clear lip liner on the outer edge trick works great! As I get older, I seem to have more problems with lip lines but using the clear lip liner means I can wear all my bright favorites without any problems. And the lipstick wears off naturally instead of leaving an outline like you get with colored lip liners sometimes.

  5. Tara

    I have a clear lip liner that a Sephora worker recommended by Bite. I like it fine I guess, but don’t love it. Anyone have a certain liner that they love?

    • “No More Bleeding Lips” Lipliner at Sephora. They are constantly selling out of this, it’s AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I mean SUPER DUPER RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. I’ve tried clear lip liners before and found them all to be pretty useless. This one though – WOW! I don’t wear it all the time, but if I’m wearing bright or dark colors, even GLOSSES (amazing) don’t move with this on. It’s been a game changer for me. So nice to go out for dinner and not have to worry about my gloss and/or lipstick migrating. :-)

  6. Mariella

    Lise Watier (Canadian Company) makes the most wonderful colourless lip liner (I’ve since tried No Bleeding Lips and it is not nearly as good). “Virtual Lip Liner” (the LW one) keeps lipstick from bleeding and doesn’t leave that unsightly dark ring should your lipstick wear off and you don’t have a moment to reapply it.

  7. june

    I would really like to buy a clear lipliner, but I’m not sure where to start (I honestly don’t have many feathering problems, but I have two or three lip tar mixes which tend to bleed a little, even when I use the absolute least amount on my lips. I might have added too much of the clear lip primer to the mix). Any recommendations?

  8. I have a clear lipliner, and it’s great, but I’m often too lazy to use lipliner at all… 😛

    My routine is to rub a relatively waxy lip balm well into my lips, then apply the lipstick as a stain, then go around the edge of my lips with my finger, smudging the lipstick back into itself horizontally, then apply another layer of lipstick!

    After all that, believe me, why I don’t just use lipliner is a mystery to me too! 😀
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  9. Samantha

    I have found that exfoliating my lips is that best thing to prevent feathering. I also alternate between using MAC Prep and Prime Lip and Urban Decay’s Lip Primer Potion. Of course a good matte lip liner and blotting after lipstick application helps too. I will actually spray a setting spray over my whole face, so that will help my lips too.

  10. I rely on clear lip liners and lip primers a lot. I also find that applying translucent powder over the clear lip liner (just outside the perimeter of your lips) with a small brush creates a textural difference that helps prevent bleeding and feathering.

  11. Maggie

    I use a small concealer brush and a silicone-based liquid concealer and brush it on around my lips. This seems to help.

  12. There is a product by Kryolan called LIP FIX .. it is great as a lipstick fixer and enables lipstick to stay for hours .. its excellent for brides
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  13. xamyx

    Along with a liner, apply lipstick with a brush, blot on tissue, dust with translucent powder, brush off excess, apply a bit more lipstick with a brush. This has been my fail-safe, fool-proof method for years, and I’ve never once been let down! It also helps the product last longer. Even if all the steps are a bit too much, simply using a lip brush will help, as we tend to apply too much/concentrated product directly from the tube.

    Also, for added staying-power, apply a coordinating lip powder or eyeshadow over the lipstick, especially with vibrant shades, and this can also add some intensity.