3 Steps to Applying Lipstick (and Gloss) Without Bleeding

by 12 January 27, 2010 0 Comments

Light CaramelAs we age, our makeup needs change.  Eyeshadow colors that looked good on you at 20 may not anymore.  You may need lighter colors or darker colors, depending on how your skin matures.

When it comes to lipstick or gloss, though, there is an almost universal issue that affects us all - bleeding.  I'm not talking hemophelia, I'm talking migrating cosmetics.

Three small steps can save you from looking like your lipstick is running for the hills:

1.  Line Your Lips ~ Use a high quality lip pencil (not a soft, smudgy one - even though it seems soft would be better, it doesn't stay put). Define the outline of your lips.  Fill in your lips lightly with the lip pencil too.  This helps keep the lipstick or gloss stay put.

2.  Apply Loose Powder ~ Dust loose powder over lips.

3.  Apply Lipstick Or Gloss ~ Use a lip brush to apply your lipstick or lip gloss.  Applying with a brush gives you more control filling in with precision.

EXTRA TIP:  If you have an usually hard time with bleeding, blot lips with tissue and repeat steps 2 and 3 up to 3 times. 

It is a common myth that matte lipstick should only be used on mature lips.  This is not true.  In fact, many conventional matte lipsticks or long lasting formulas are extremely drying to the lips which, in turn, creates more fine lines and cracks, exacerbating the problem.

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