11 Ways To Keep Your Lip Color From Bleeding

We've all been heading home after a long day at the office only to realize that our lipstick has smeared everywhere. It's completely frustrating. However, don't suffer from bleeding lip color any longer than you have to. In fact, there are several ways to prevent lip color from feathering or smudging throughout the day. You just have to reevaluate your beauty arsenal.

The first thing that you need to realize is that not all lip colors are created equal. From waxy formulas to glossy finishes, there are several types of lippies that you need to avoid if you're looking a long-lasting lip color. While they may look gorgeous on the lips, glosses tend to be the first to fade away in our makeup – just think about it. From sipping on coffee to chatting the day away, our lips do a lot of moving, and slippery formulas just aren't always able to keep up. To keep your lip color on longer, reach for products that offer more staying power or staining abilities that will color your pout. So, don't give up on your favorite lipsticks just yet. Here are 11 ways to keep your lip color from fading, smudging, or smearing all day long.

1. Blot Correctly


Blotting is absolutely essential for making bold lip colors last, however, you may be blotting incorrectly. According to MAKE UP FOREVER Vice President of Education and Artistry, Simone Ciafardini in an interview with, you need to "apply, blot and then apply again" to keep your lipstick in place.

2. Go Invisible

Lip Liner, $5, Target

According to, clear or invisible lip liner is perfect for priming your lips for bolder colors while preventing chances of bleeding.

3. Use A Matte Brow Highlighter

Brow Pencil, $23, Sephora

Don't own an invisible lip liner? Makeup artist, Michelle Phan recommended to reach for a brow highlighting pencil instead. Choose one with a waxy base that will help to lock in your lip color, and prevent it from slipping.

4. Prime With Foundation

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Go ahead, and prime your lips while you're buffing on your foundation. recommended running a thin layer of your foundation over your lips to help fill in any creases or crevices. This trick is also helps to neutralize your natural lip color allowing your lip stick shade to shine true to color.

5. Prep Your Base

Lip Balm, $8, Bath & Body Works

An easy way to make your lip color last is by giving it the perfect base. In an interview with, makeup artist, Gucci Westman recommended exfoliating the lips with a hot, damp cloth, and then applying a lip balm prior to lip color.

6. Sleep On It

Lip Conditioner, $16, Mac Cosmetics

In an article for The Daily Mail, Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey of stated that those with dry lips should condition their lips nightly to keep lip colors from bleeding. Hydrated lips are healthy lips, and healthy lips tend to hold onto color better than chapped lips.

7. Change Up Your Formulas From Day To Night

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While long-wearing lip colors may seem like a go-to, their formulas can often be drying. Makeup artist, Bobbi Brown, told that makeup wearers should wear a moisturizing lip color by day, and save the long-lasting lipsticks for more special occasions.

8. Choose The Right Formula

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Stay away from glosses, ladies. They don't tend to hold up well throughout the day. In fact, makeup artist, Alexis Comforti told that lip crayons and lipsticks are the better option for staying power as they are thicker and tend to have more pigmentation.

9. Powder Around Your Lips

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In a video for, makeup artist Kendra Richards recommended to powder around the mouth post-lipstick application in order to control the oils around your mouth area.

10. Use A Brush

Mireya Acierto/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images suggested that lip color wearers use a brush when applying their preferred shades. The brush helps to fill in the contours of your lips, and gives you more precise control during the application.

11. Use Your Finger

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To keep your lipstick from smudging onto your teeth, stick a clean finger into your mouth, suck, and then drag it out. This will remove any lipstick from the inner section of your lips, according to POPSUGAR.

Say goodbye to smeared lipstick, and hello to your gorgeous, long-lasting pout.

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