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Ah, lipstick. Let us count the ways we love you. From jazzing up the most basic outfit to pulling an entire makeup look together, lipstick is hands down one of our favorite items in our makeup bag. With such a wide array of lipstick hues out there—from burgundy to fuchsia to tangerine to everywhere in between—it’s certainly possible to rock a different shade every day of the week. But lipstick application can be tricky—sometimes, you may notice that your lip color doesn’t stay in place all day long. And unless you want to have to check your mirror every two seconds to see if your color has migrated, then we can probably agree that this is a super-annoying makeup issue. So, what can you do? Help prevent your lipstick from bleeding outside your lips by following these eight tips.
As the first step in your lipstick routine, you may want to consider exfoliating your lips before applying any color. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your lips, so slough them off by scrubbing your lips, then follow up with a moisturizing lip balm to help keep your pout hydrated. This can help ensure that you have a smooth, even canvas on which to work.
The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub can be used on both your face and lips. You can use it up to 3 times a week to leave the skin on your lips looking more refined and feeling softer and smoother. The buttery-soft scrub is made with 3 pure sugars, coconut oil, cocoa, and rich cocoa butter for nourished, healthy-looking lips. (For an in-depth tutorial on using a lip scrub, read our article, How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick.)
Using a moisturizing lip balm with sheer coverage will give you the perfect base for your lipstick. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Balm in Nourishing Nude is a neutral tinted lip balm. The balm will smooth your lips and give them 8 full hours of hydration. Another neutral color to consider is Caramel Comfort. If you’re applying a lipstick color similar to one of the other 4 shades in the line, feel free to use that as your base.
Lip liner just might be the makeup product you didn’t know you needed—until now, that is. Not only can lip liner make your lip color last longer, but it can also help stop feathering and bleeding.. Start by lining the outside of your lips with the lip liner to help fill in any fine lines. Then, fill in the rest of your lips with a lip liner in a shade that matches your lipstick before actually applying your lipstick to prevent any lipstick bleeding. Here are our best lip liners to use to help prevent feathering:
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner: This liner comes in 12 shades making it easy to find one close to your lip color of choice. In addition to keeping your lipstick from bleeding, this lip liner has a creamy formula that will create definition on your lips.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipliner: With 8 shades to choose from, this liner will keep your lipstick from feathering while also leaving your lips soft and smooth for hours. The liner has a built-in sharpener for added convenience.
Editor’s note: Can’t find a lip liner that matches your lipstick? Look for an invisible lip liner! A clear pencil can work just as well for preventing lipstick bleeding.
You already use concealer on your face to help create a smooth base—and it turns out you can do the same for your lips, too! If you don’t have a lip primer handy, just reach for your go-to concealer and apply a tiny bit to your lips using a makeup blender. Then, take a lip brush and apply your lip color of choice on top.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating! If you want to help ensure your lip look stays in place for as long as possible, opt for a long-wear formula. Here are our best long-wearing lipsticks.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge: This long-lasting lipstick will give you bold, luscious color that lasts for hours. The revolutionary formula will not only last throughout the day, but give your lips vivid, hi-definition color and shine. The formula includes vitamin E and will help keep your lips hydrated and comfortable.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor: This high-intensity, transfer-resistant product stays put all day long (yes, there is a lipstick that will last throughout your all-nighters). First, apply the high intensity color for a moisturizing feel and true color pay-off. Then, follow with the pro-seal balm to seal in the color for the entire day while keeping your lips moisturized.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick: Calling all chocolate-lovers: this liquid lipstick come with a huge bonus—an indulgent chocolate aroma! The matte longwear lipstick is formulated for all day wear with full coverage that feels light for all day comfort.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick: Liquid lipstick is your best friend when it comes to preventing lipstick bleeding while having all-day color. This matte liquid lipstick lasts for hours while giving you full coverage color.
Editor’s note: While it’s a definite plus to have long-lasting color, it can be a little tricky to remove. Read our article, How to Remove Liquid Lipstick to find out the best way to remove your lipstick at the end of the day!
After you’re done priming your lips with either lip liner or concealer, apply one coat of lipstick using a brush (this allows for more precision than applying directly from the tube), then gently blot your lips with a tissue. Repeat the process again. After applying a second, final coat of lipstick, blot again with your tissue. Then, using a powder brush, apply a translucent powder onto your lips through the tissue to help set your lips. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder for locking in your lip look.
Editor’s note: If you want more detailed steps on how to properly apply your lipstick, different types of lipstick, and the best lipstick shades for your skin tone, check out our article, The Ultimate Guide to Lipstick.
Want a natural look? If just a hint of color is what you’re after, the “pat-smudge” technique is an easy way to apply your lipstick and get a more natural look that won’t move all over your face. Use your ring finger to gently pat on your lip color on and smudge it slightly. (The reason why you should use your ring finger is because it has a more delicate touch compared to your other fingers, FYI.) This method can also give you more control over how much color you actually put on our lips. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour.
Editor’s note: If you love the idea of a natural looking lip, head over to our article, How to Create a Lived-in Lip Look.
Once you have your lips prepped and your lipstick of choice applied to perfection, set your color with a makeup setting spray. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray will prevent any lipstick bleeding by locking in your makeup for a “just applied” look that will last the whole day! The lightweight, oil-free formula will keep your color from smudging or setting into fine lines (and it’ll keep the rest of your makeup in place too). To apply, shake well, hold the bottle 8-10 inches from your face, close your eyes, and spray 4-6 times in an “X” and “T” motion.
As our departing gift to you, we’re letting you in on a lipstick hack that you should definitely consider using as part of your daily makeup routine. We know how funny this is going to sound, but trust us it really works! Whenever you wear lipstick, always drink your beverages through a straw—that way your color will stay where it’s supposed to be—on your lips!
Now that you’re ready to conquer lipstick bleeding and rock your lipstick color of choice whenever and however long that you please, check out our article, 3 Mermaid Lip Looks to Rock All Summer Long.