How to Avoid Feathering Lips

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Fall is finally upon us and that means we get to experiment with some pretty fabulous lipstick shades! But with the cool temperatures, lips can become dry and our lipstick can start to feather and bleed. Not so fabulous if you ask me.

Feathering mostly occurs when you have dry lips or a fair amount of wrinkles around the lip line. While moisturizing helps, there are a few other precautions you can take to ensure you lip color looks smooth and manicured all day long.

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  1. Exfoliate lips. You can use special lip exfoliators, a simple lipscrub made from brown sugar, or my favorite trick–using an electronic toothbrush to clear away all dead skin. Note: Make sure to use water with the electronic toothbrush, do not dry exfoliate or you can cause bleeding and chapping.
  2. Moisturize. I use Vaseline on my lips because it’s the only thing that gives me intense moisture in the cooler months.
  3. Line. My secret weapon for getting a bigger, smoother pout—lip liner! You can use a clear lip liner or a colored liner—both options serve as a liner and primer to fill in your lips and prevent bleeding/feathering.
  4. Long-wear lipstick. Use a lip color that is made to last throughout the day. The worst thing is leaving the house with the perfect pout, then 30 minutes later color has faded 2 shades already!
  5. Blot. This is one of those tricks that you remember seeing your mom do when you were younger and didn’t really know the rhyme or reason—but it works! Make sure to apply, blot, apply, and blot again for longer wear.
  6. Seal it. This is optional, but I am all about being more safe than sorry! Find a product that will finish your look and keep it in place—it’s like the cherry on top of your lip color.

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