One of the biggest complaints older women have in regards to makeup is lipstick bleeding or feathering. To avoid the issue all together, Offers recommends swapping out your old heavy lipstick for one of the sheer new lip stains on the market. Exfoliate lips prior to applying, and “smile to stretch out lip wrinkles” for the most even color application. Finish off with a tinted lip balm to lock in moisture.
But if the idea of chucking your favorite lipstick is a total no-go, there’s an alternative, says Young: Primer. “Primers are an excellent way to prevent bleeding from lipstick as they act like a barrier, holding back the color,” he says. Follow up with a lip liner close in color to your lipstick for long-wearing, lasting color. Young warns that older women should avoid frosted lipstick (and eye shadow, for that matter), which are inherently aging in nature.
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