Reader Question: "Are there any tricks to keeping lipstick from bleeding into the fine lines around my mouth?"
If you love lipstick and deal with this problem regularly, you should invest in a special lip liner just for this purpose. Pencils like Cargo the Reverse LipLiner, $16, are waxy, colorless liners that create a barrier to keep lipstick from migrating off your lips and settling into fine lines. Before you apply your lipstick, use one of these pencils to rim your lips, just outside your natural lip line. Apply your lipstick as you usually would, and you're ready to go.
If you don't want to invest in a new product, use the waxiest concealer you have to prep the area around your lips. Then, set it with loose powder. This step is key; the powder keeps the lipstick and concealer from blending together in a not-so-pretty way.
Finally, use a lip liner pencil -- in either a neutral shade or one that matches your lipstick -- to line your lips and fill them in. This primes your lips for the lipstick, and ensures that the color wears off evenly instead of leaving a rim around your mouth.
Dawn Davis has written about beauty for magazines including Harper's Bazaar and Lucky, and was the beauty and fashion editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She joined Total Beauty in January 2012 as the NYC-based beauty editor.
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