Hopelessly Heather

The ramblings and obsessions of a longtime Avon lady


A long while back, I was asked by one of my Avon customers how to prevent lipstick from feathering/bleeding. There are tons of tricks out there. The most common reason lipstick feathers/bleeds is because your lips are too dry.

The usual steps to take are:

1. Exfoliate. You should definitely exfoliate first – some folks use their toothbrush to exfoliate, but I simply use a tissue to wipe dead skin cells off.

2. Apply foundation. Some experts say you should apply foundation on your lips at this point – I don’t because I hate the feeling of it on my lips.

3. Use liner. If you want to use a liner, experts suggest also filling in your lip with the liner after lining your lips, though I don’t use a liner at all.

4. Moisturize. Next, you should moisturize by using a lip balm – I do this but not usually right before applying my lipstick. I let it soak into my lips for a while. I also apply lip balm each night before going to sleep to help prevent chapped/dry lips altogether.

5. Apply lipstick. Apply your lipstick.

6. Use powder. You can choose to set your lipstick by applying a translucent powder over the top of it at this point and call it done.

Using long lasting lipsticks can prevent feathering and some lines of lipstick are “waxier” than others, which also help with the bleeding issue.

Play around with the combination until you find the one that that works best to achieve the results you want. It varies for everyone.

As an alternative, you can always go for a softer look and use the technique I used in the following video link by turning your lipstick into a lip stain:

Do you have additional tips that help prevent lipstick feathering/bleeding? Please share them in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Stop Lipstick Bleeding

  1. Rakkelle says:

    Oooooh! Firstly, that bright plum lipstick was gorgeous on you. It might have been too bright for daytime wear but it looked stunning on you. I liked it.

    Secondly, wowza…There is a product that turns lipstick into lip stain?! I need that in my life. I have a bunch of bright red lipsticks that I dare not wear during the daytime. I would love that product so I can tone it down some.

    Thirdly, very cute video, Heather. I bet you look just as pretty without makeup, as you do with it.

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    1. hethrgood says:

      Thank you! I am naturally drawn to mauves and berries, but force myself to step outside my comfort zone regularly. The lip stain trick helps!

      Any traditional clear gloss will work for this trick. Test it out and let me know what you think!

      Haha, thanks! I made it a few years ago and I am SO awkward on video! As for being pretty without makeup, you’re definitely wrong. I’d point out all the reasons why but that’s just plain obnoxious!

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  2. Rakkelle says:

    Sending you an email in 5,4,3,2..

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