Tips to a perfect pout: The easy ways to stop annoying lipstick bleed

Lipstick bleed is a common occurrence among older women as lines and creases start to appear around their lips. Source: Getty

Wearing lipstick can increase confidence and add to an outfit on a glamorous night out, but there is always the risk of it bleeding onto other areas of your skin leaving you with a less than desirable finished look.

Sadly it is just another problem faced by many as they age as the skin starts to wrinkle and fine lines appear around the edges of lips. Although you can resort to surgery or injectable solutions to smooth and plump, there are so much more practical and affordable ways to keep your lips looking great and stopping the dreaded lipstick bleed.

These helpful tips will have you on your way to that perfect pout.

Pick the right shade

Darker lipsticks only truly flatters a darker skin tone, so stay away if you have fair skin. Apricots, pinks, nudes and corals look great on a lighter skin tone and older woman. The best natural lip shade will just be a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour, according to makeup artist Bobbi Brown.

You can test different colours at a store by asking for assistance and having them apply colour to just one lip so you can see the difference.


As we age, our lips lose oils and their plumpness. To keep lips looking smooth, make sure to keep lips exfoliated all year round.

Otherwise, all it takes is an old toothbrush and some sugar or salt.

Lip prime

You might not have realised lip primer existed but it does! Just a little dab of this stuff is enough to make your lipstick last all day.

Line that lip

One of the two most common mistakes that women make when applying lip liner is using a different shade to their lipstick, and not lining the whole lip. Yes, you read that right: you need to fill in all of your lips, not just around your lips! Choose a colour that is identical to your lipstick, as this will create a barrier for the colour so it won’t bleed.

Stop the bleed

To keep lipstick from bleeding into fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth, dip a cotton swab in a translucent powder and roll outside the lip line before you apply your lipstick. Don’t apply powder to the top of lipstick – it will ruin the colour.

Shiny vs matte

Matte finishes can be drying, so it’s best to opt for a sheer, shiny or satin finish if you’re a lady in your 60s. With that said, if you’re still worried about lipstick bleed, a matte finish will make sure it doesn’t slip around. These tips of glosses or lipsticks have become very popular in recent years and give a more natural look.

Fake fullness

Not everyone was born with full lips but there’s a way around that, without resorting to cosmetic procedures. First, use a lip pencil to draw a line just outside your top lip, but only at the bow. Then use your pencil to make the middle of the bottom lip a bit rounder by drawing a line just outside the fullest part.

Never redraw the lips completely from corner to corner. Fill in the space between the new lines and your lips with the same pencil. Apply lipstick over the entire area.

Do you struggle with lipstick bleed? Do you have other ways to prevent it?

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