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How to Prevent Lipstick From Feathering 2010-05-17 08:00:10

How to Prevent Lipstick From Flaking, Caking, and Feathering

We've explored different ways to prevent both foundation from caking and concealer from creping. I even have you covered on the various ways to keep eye shadow from creasing. To conclude this series on keeping makeup smooth, let's talk lipsticks. Find out tips on how you can keep your lips feather-free when you read more.

  • Clear lip balm: Not only does ChapStick help keep the lips hydrated and smooth, but extending a clear lip balm around the outer edges of the lips during application also creates an invisible shield that prevents lipstick from traveling.
  • Color in between the lines: A light layer of foundation (optional), followed by a neutral or colorless liner, creates a solid base for keeping lipstick in check. For both items in one package, try Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Perfector.
  • But if you prefer to go liner-free . . . : First apply face powder to the lips, apply lipstick, and blot. Repeat, but skip the blot step the second time around.
  • Exfoliate: Probably the most obvious choice, exfoliating helps to eliminate feathery, peeling skin. Rub in Lush Sweet Lips ($8.50) to keep lips velvety soft, or do-it-yourself by mixing up your own sugary scrub.
  • Prime time: Lip primers, like Origins Underwear For Lips ($14.50), contain silicone to prep the lips by making a smooth, even surface.
  • Check your products: If you find that you still have lots of caking, your products could be old or lacking in quality. Toss lipsticks when necessary, and don't be afraid to make the investment for the perfect pigment.
  • Get glossy: When all else fails, go for a richly hued gloss or highly emollient lipstick instead, which both glide on more smoothly and tend to resist caking.
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AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
Hey super & Retro - thanks for the tips. I'm gonna give them both a try. :makeup:
Retrolicious Retrolicious 5 years
I like using a nude lipliner under my actual lipliner. Benefit's D'finer D'liner is great because its waxy and helps stop bleeding even when I wear bright red lipgloss.
superslickgloss superslickgloss 5 years
First I exfoliate just with a toothbrush, it grabs the bits of dead skin off. I coat my lips with Korres Lip Butter, it's super hydrating and makes the lipstick go on smooth. I then add DuWop Prime Venom which mainly plumps your lips, but it also gives your lips a smoother surface to hold the lipstick. Usually I just slick on the lipstick, or apply it with a blush. And of course, finish with gloss!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
I'm glad for the hints, but as an older lady I find that the cheaper the lipstick (gloss) the more it bleeds no matter what I do.
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