We all have that love-hate relationship with our lipsticks—we love how they can completely transform our look, but hate it when they crease, bleed and flake. You know you’ve successfully cracked the code to flawless lipstick application when it doesn’t bleed at all—but, unfortunately, that rarely happens. If you find yourself reaching out for tissues all the time during the course of the day ‘coz your lipstick just won’t stop bleeding, this story is for you.

Lipstick bleeding or feathering is basically when it leaks over the corners of your mouth. While you’re trying to achieve neat edges with utmost precision, it actually smudges (over time, if not immediately) and leaks out of the lip line. Scroll down to read about all the ways you can stop that from happening and make it last longer

Use a lip primer

While some people prefer applying foundation or concealer as a base for the lipstick to sit on, the texture of it can get quite crusty and cakey and the end product won’t be as satisfactory as you want it to be. We recommend going for a lightweight lip primer that provides for a smooth base for the lipstick to sit on. Ensure that your lips are thoroughly exfoliated and hydrated before you do this.

Hydrate them

Hydrate them

Make sure that you smear a generous amount of a hydrating lip balm all over your lips (don’t ignore the corners). Use the same lip balm just a little outside of your lips to keep the area surrounding the edge of your lips hydrated too. Often, that’s the area that flakes the most and causes cracking, which lets the lipstick near the area to bleed easily.

BB picks: Use the Lakmé Lip Love Lip Care that lends long lasting hydration to your puckers.

Line your lips

Line your lips

Before you begin to fill them with lipstick, use a lip liner (of the same shade, of course) to draw a neat, precise outline over your lips. Then, fill all of your lips lightly with the lip liner for intense colour buildup. The sharp tip of the lip liner will make sure your lipstick doesn’t bleed or budge outside of the line.

Use a brush to apply

Use a brush to apply

Even after using the lip liner, you’re under confident about filling the lips because perhaps the lipstick is too rounded, use a brush with a precise tip to apply it. The brush will help you get into the sharp corners of your lips easily. Then, use a flat or an angular brush to apply concealer on the outside of the lips to clean the area up.

Blot

Blot

The final step is to get rid of any excess product that you may have applied. If there is excess product, the lipstick will surely bleed. Do this by placing a tissue paper on your lips, then, dip a powder brush into some translucent powder and lightly dust it over your lips. This will ensure your lipstick stays bulletproof.

Follow these tips to bid annoying, bleeding lipstick goodbye!