Make Your Lipstick Last With These Tips

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If your lipstick constantly bleeds, it could be due to age. As the years go by, vertical lip lines and feather-thin wrinkles around the mouth develop as collagen and elastin break down causing your color to seep right through. If that’s not the issue, then overactive oil glands might be another reason why your lipstick doesn’t stick. That’s why we turned to the experts to find out how to solve this issue.

First, the easiest way to make lipstick last is with some makeup tricks. “If you use sheer lipstick or lip gloss, switch to something more creamy or matte, which is less apt to bleed,” says celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Prepping the lips is important, but they should not be made too slick. “Don’t use too much lip balm since that will cause the color to slide.”

Dubroff suggests putting on a coat of lipstick and then slightly defining the lips with a lip pencil, followed by another coat of lipstick before blotting. To fix midday bleeding, use a concealer on a flat brush to clean up the edges of the lips.

Santa Monica, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban adds, “To help reduce migrating lip color, try oil-free foundation and powder. Put them on your lips and the surrounding area before applying lipstick.” But if those tricks don’t work, she says “fillers are great for restoring the lip border and natural volume, without making your lips ‘supersized.’”

If you’re interested in learning more about treatments that can help your smile, visit a local dermatologist and they can recommend more options.

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