You read that in the Sandlot voice right? Okay good.
If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me for lipsticks that don't feather, I would have like, a lot of nickels. The truth is, while I'm happy to point you in the direction of some great lipsticks, application techniques are more likely to be the culprit for feathery floofyness. Please enjoy my top tips to end this face:
1. Use Less Product
The main reason for bleeding lip color is too much product hanging out getting bored and seeking adventure on other parts of your face. Using a highly pigmented good quality lipstick that only requires one coat to cover will bleed far less than something you have to layer.
2. Relax Your Mouth Part Of Your Face
Raise your hand if when you apply your lipstick you stretch out your lips into some deranged clown smile. Okay now put your hand down because I can't actually see you. From now on, try keeping your lips in a relaxed and neutral position while you apply your product. Think about it like this, lips naturally have wrinkles and when you stretch them out to apply, you end up with excess lipstick in the little wrinkle valleys, which then funnels out Joker style.
3. Try Blotting
If one coat of your favorite lipstick isn't cutting it, you can try tissue blotting. Apply a layer, then blot with a tissue to absorb the emollient parts of the lipstick, leaving behind more pigment and less creaminess. Continue to layer and blot until you get the coverage you want.
4. Choose The Right Formula
Obviously the most feather resistant formulas are going to be more matte/velvetty lipsticks as opposed to moisturizing or creamy lipsticks. But if you have dry lips what do you do? Try using the matte or velvety lipstick and then touching up with a clear chapstick as needed. If you don't like the look and feel of matte lipsticks, use a more traditional formula but make sure it has plenty of pigment (so that you only need one layer) or try the blotting technique. Here are my lipstick recommendations.
Drugstore Lipstick: NYX Round Lipstick
High End Lipstick: Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense
Drugstore Matte Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay Matte Balm
High End Matte Lipstick: Sephora Collection Color Lip Last
5. Use An Outer Lip Liner
Do you love creamy lipsticks and glosses? Don't fret, try an outer lip liner--a clear lip pencil that you use to outline the outside of your mouth and form a little barrier. They are actually extremely effective! If you've tried all of the above, give one a shot! My two favorites are:
- Honorable mention should also go to the YSL Glossy Stains. A fellow makeup artist that deals with feathering recommended them and they kind of blew my mind, if you can't ever find glosses that don't feather and you have the budget, give them a shot because they are amazing.