Lipstick feathering and lip pencils

Getting older is not for babies.  First it gets harder to read the names on the bottom of lipsticks.  Then the skin on your eyes gets looser, making it hard to draw a crisp line with your eyeliner.  If you're observant you'll notice fine lines on your wrists, and then the dreaded "jowls" start to happen.  And then, one of the most annoying things for me - lipstick doesn't stay in place anymore.  If you're wearing a glossy formula and/or dark lipstick, it starts to creep out from the edge of your lips in little lines.  And these are just the beauty issues caused by aging, I haven't even touched on the back pain, stiff joints, and all of that.
For this post, I'll stick to the beauty issues.  Specifically, the creeping lipstick.  Honestly, I probably wouldn't notice mine yet if it weren't for the pictures I take for this blog.  But since I love dark and bright colors, and I take such close-up photos, I can't ignore it.
The first step you can take is lip primer.  I have tried just two so far - one from Urban Decay and one from MAC.  I prefer the one from MAC.  The other thing that I'm beginning to do is to use lip pencils on a regular basis.  Years ago lip pencils were dry and hard to put on, at least for me.  Not the case anymore.  Both MAC and Urban Decay have great lip pencils.  Urban Decay's are it's 24/7 lip pencils, and my favorites from MAC are their Pro Longwear lip pencils.  Both of these go on as smoothly as a creme lipstick, and they last a very, very long time.  The benefit of using lip pencils is that you can draw a clean line around your lips and it helps to keep the lipstick from "leaking".  To avoid the dreaded dark outline with lighter lips that some women have, I fill in my lips with the pencil, and add my lipstick over that.
Also, there are great products that look like lip pencils, but they're clear and have a consistency like a waxy lip balm.  You draw an outline right outside of your lip line, and it acts like a blockade to keep your lipstick from creeping out.
If these 3 things don't stop it for you, you can try using a matte textured lipstick instead of a more creamy kind.  The drier the lipstick, the less it will spread.
So, the bad news is that the older we get, the more we have to work at looking the same as we did before.  The good news is the products that help us do this are better than ever.

Lining my lips with MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear pencil

Absolutely It on 


  1. Sadly this is starting to be a problem for me .. so I was happy to find a clear lip liner by Milani ~ works like a charm ;-)


  2. I heard that Milani's was good. Once I use up mine from Make Up For Ever I'll try that one. Much cheaper!

  3. Beautiful colors and I love your look! Lovely Read!


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