Expert tips from a Bollywood makeup artist
No makeup look is complete without a swipe of your favourite tube of lipstick at the end. While lipstick adds colour to your pout, it also provides definition and depth to your lips; however, this can come at the expense of feathering and lipstick bleeding if you’re not applying your favourite hue correctly. Whether you’re going soft with your favourite nude or bold with your brightest pink, nobody wants colour running around their mouth after an hour of application. We got expert tricks of the trade from Bollywood celebrity makeup artist Harry Rajput. Step up your lipstick game the next time you grab your most-loved tube and use these five tips that will be sure to keep your lipstick from smudging.
Prep with a scrub and balm before applying lipstick
One of the easiest ways to prevent lipstick from bleeding is by prepping your lips with a scrub and lip balm. Without doing this, there is a good chance that bleeding and feathering will occur. “If lips are chapped, dry and have excess skin, then lipstick is bound to run off onto the sides of the mouth”, says Rajput. Use a gentle lip scrub and then apply a generous amount of lip balm before wearing lipstick. Blot to remove any extra product. Rajput adds, “If you have mature skin and suffer from wrinkles around the mouth, it’s even more important not to skip this step. It will actually make your your lips appear fuller, remove dead skin and minimise creases.”
Outline with a lip liner pre-lipstick
Use a lip liner around the rim of your lips to create a barrier against bleeding. Rajput says to start by lining the outer borders of your mouth with a lip pencil in a colour similar to your lipstick. Opt for a nude or peach highlighting pencil if you don’t want the added colour. This will serve as ‘glue’ for your lipstick, while also giving lips some shape, for a double win.
Blot your lipstick
Blotting is an age-old hack that really works. Sometimes lipstick tends to transfer onto your teeth in addition to the outside of your mouth. Rajput recommends this simple step of blotting your lips with a tissue after applying lipstick. “Just pick up a piece of tissue, put it between your lips and press your lips together gently so you don’t remove the actual colour”, says Rajput. It’s a simple step that does the job.
Use a translucent setting powder to set your lipstick
To guarantee no-bleed wear, Rajput says a trick of the trade is applying a translucent setting powder. After applying your lipstick, using a big, fluffy brush, set the colour with a thin layer of translucent powder. This ensures your lipstick won’t melt onto the skin or transfer to your teeth. It’s ideal for a night out or big event. Be sure not to use a coloured powder, as it will change the tone of your lipstick and look cakey after some time.
Prime with foundation to keep your lipstick on
While applying foundation, add a thin layer to your lips before throwing it back into your makeup bag. This makeup artist secret keeps the lipstick from straying since it can adhere to the foundation. An added bonus? It makes the lipstick colour pop since it’s being applied to a nude, even tone first.