F is for Fence Me In: 5 Ways to Keep Lip Colour in Line

by Janine on 11 January 2013 · 44 comments

Jason Wu_2013Maybe you’re planning on finally breaking out of a neutral-lip rut, and you want something to keep that exciting, bright lip line cleanly defined. Or you want a smart way to keep lip gloss, lipstick or tinted lip balm from feathering without having to break any spending resolutions. Have you tried any of the five of the following lip-lining or bleed-prevention techniques?

5 ways to prevent lipstick from bleeding

1) Close-Enough Lip Liner Lip pencil is an obvious choice to lay down an even edge before lip colour. Exact matches aren’t always easy, but close-enough colour will do the trick if you blend the liner and colour for a seamless finish. (Let’s proceed safely in the conviction that visible lip liner will never ever become a trend.) And of course if you fill lips in lightly with pencil as a base, your lipstick or gloss will stay on longer.

2) Nude Lip Liner Neutral liner in a close match to your natural lip pigment is a more discreet option for defining lips and creating a stay-put base for colour. But it can dull the hue of whatever you put on top. An alternative is a flesh-tone liner applied only at the outer rim of the lips. But as is always the case with “flesh-tone,” success depends on your skin’s shade of nude.

3) Concealer A touch of concealer applied with a small brush at the lip’s perimeter is a pro artist tip for cleaning up raggedy edges and slight smears. It’s similar to the flesh-coloured liner option, except that concealer comes in way more skin-matching shades than fair and medium. Some concealers also come in convenient pencil form.

4) Primer Silicone-based face primer also works as an invisible barrier when applied via small brush along the outer lip edge. A lip primer will also help to anchor colour where you want it, as well as smooth the surface of your lips.

5) Clear Lip Liner The no-colour lip-liner concept isn’t new, but with bright lipstick’s popularity, it’s a no-brainer. A snap choice for all skintones, it functions as a handy stick form of an invisible primer. Line the very edge of your lip line first, then apply lipstick or gloss. A lip brush will help you get a precise finish, especially with bright colour. (Tip: don’t try to outline with clear liner after you’ve already applied lip colour — that might smear the edge of your lipstick or lip gloss instead, which you don’t want.)

giles-beauty-spring-summer-2013Of all these methods of corralling lip colour, given my back-of-cab application habits, clear lip liner is for me the most convenient solution.

Recent release No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner ($14.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix) is a particular winner because it never needs sharpening. Smudge-proof, waterproof and lightweight, it comes in a sleek propelling-pencil format (aka “twist-up”), glides invisibly over skin without tugging or dragging, and stays put for hours.

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The No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner formula is wax-based, made without mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives or animal-derived ingredients. Applied where skin meets natural lip pigment, it stops lip colour from trespassing on your face. (If you want to make lips look a little fuller, draw your secret line just a smidge outside the natural lip line, then fill in with colour.) And the reasonable price tag won’t make your wallet whine.

Review Crew Beautygeeks and No Bleeding Lips are delighted to offer 20 beautygeeks a chance to test-drive No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner and report back in the comments below this post. UPDATE: This offer and test-drive program is now completed.

No Bleeding Lips Secret Liner_CanadianTo qualify as a beautygeek reviewer, you must be a Beautygeeks subscriber (click here to have each day’s post delivered to your Inbox) live in Canada, and “Like” the No Bleeding Lips Facebook page. (If you’re on the Twitter, you might like to follow @NoBleedingLips too.) You must also complete the brief form below by Friday January 18th at midnight. Good luck — reviewers will be randomly selected from qualifying entries and notified by email.

What method do you use to prevent lip colour from feathering past your lip line? Have you tried clear lip liner?

For more information about No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner, visit nobleedinglips.ca. Entries for review samples are now closed.

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Natasha 11 January 2013 at 5:05 pm

If you’re on “the” Twitter, teehee

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Janine 11 January 2013 at 5:12 pm

Okay, I LOVE that you noticed that, Natasha! Makes me snigger too!

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karen 12 January 2013 at 8:00 pm

Do you think no bleeding lips will hit the states soon?

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Janine 12 January 2013 at 9:19 pm

I don’t know exactly when, but yes, there are US-launch plans :-)

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Sofia 17 January 2013 at 11:37 pm

I would so love to try this product! I love wearing bright lipstick and dark berry shades! Unfortunately, I’m not so great at applying lipliner. This product would eliminate that and other problems! :D

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Janine 17 January 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hi Sofia — you have to complete the form, above, to qualify :-) We’ll be choosing testers randomly from all eligible entries.

Good luck!

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F Alexis 18 January 2013 at 11:44 pm

A clear lipliner is a great solution to the mismatch issue I always run into!

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Natasha 27 January 2013 at 1:22 pm

This product is very easy to use, and I don’t know about you but I only own one or two products that actually bleed, so it will last me a long time. I tried it on the two products that do bleed on me and even on my worst one and there was no bleeding. And I’m talking, I was wearing cherry red that is SO unattractive when it bleeds and there was no sign of any bleeding. I did wear the products all day to make sure and I didn’t even need to touch up. Great product, already recommended it to my bestie who has a similar red lip product bleeding problem!

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Mélanie Chartier 29 January 2013 at 9:46 am

It was really nice to finally try No Bleeding Lips liner. I have a 2-3 gloss that I was not wearing anymore beaucause of the bleeding. This week-end I tried wearing one bright red gloss with the No Bleeding lip liner and… guess what… NO BLEEDING!!! I really like this product and I can’t wait for it to be in stores in my hometown!

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Yvonne Cunha 29 January 2013 at 5:25 pm

I got my No Bleeding Lips sample and knew exactly which lipstick I wanted to try it with. I have an amazing red that looks great when applied but after a second application starts to feather and bleed. I use a regular liner with it but it doesn’t help.

On my first try I think I may have lined my lips too close to the lipline so I had minor bleeding but on my second, third and fourth use it was amazing. I had no bleeding or feathering even after a second and third colour application. I can’t wait to check out new colours to try with No Bleeding Lips.

I’ve already recommended it to my daughter and will gladly recommend it to anyone who will listen. It’s the only liner I will be using from now on.

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Erin Haggett 30 January 2013 at 8:28 pm

I was one of the lucky reviewers who received a No Bleeding Lips sample. Before I give my thoughts, there are two things you should know about me:

1) As Janine can attest to, I like bright, highly pigmented lipstick.

2) I’m not a lip liner kind of girl. I tend to buy trendy colours, and the extra expense of a matching lip liner just seems like too much for my taste.

So, I had a bit of a moment when I heard about No Bleeding Lips. The concept was just so clever. It does everything a lip liner does, but it matches ALL of your lipsticks. And you don’t have to worry about the “lined lip” look. Genius.

I gave it a try this week, and it really lived up to its promise. In addition to going on completely clear, it provides a nice matte foundation for your lipstick, which prevents bleeding AND gives your colour a little extra staying power. It’s such a great idea and great product.

My personal recommendation: Buy two. Keep one at home for when you’re getting ready, and one in your purse – just in case you feel like adding a little colour to your day.

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Janine 30 January 2013 at 8:32 pm

Wait — provides a matte foundation for your lipstick? Did you use No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner all over your lips as a base, Erin??

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Lauren 30 January 2013 at 10:34 pm

I’ve tried the No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner a few times now, with a more neutral shade and with brighter reds and pinks. Each time, I can happily report, there was no lipstick bleeding!

For a small product, it’s mighty. I was considering getting filler shots around my lips to take care of that lipstick bleeding issue but I’m really happy to have been introduced to this product (thank you BeautyGeeks!).

I would absolutely recommend this product to any woman.

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Karen 30 January 2013 at 11:09 pm

Got my sample last week and have been waiting excitedly to try it out. Today was the day! I am a newbie to wearing bright, bold lip colours, but have quite quickly become a fan. Today I wore Berry Heavenly stain gloss by Mabelline. No bleeding lips went on easily and did exactly what it said it was going to do. Lasted through lunch, a couple drinks and re-application of colour. Recommended it to a friend already!

Also, I love that 1 liner works for any colour! Helps keep the makeup bag clutter free.

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No Bleeding Lips 31 January 2013 at 4:04 pm

Wow! SO happy to hear all of the amazing and positive feedback about No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner here.

@Natasha thanks so much for spreading the word to your bestie :)

@Mélanie Chartier we love that it works with not just lipstick, but gloss too! Hopefully we’ll have it in your home-town soon :)

@Yvonne Cunha Practice makes perfect! Hope your daughter loves it as much as you do.

@Erin Haggett Great idea using it as a lip primer! Haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve heard of a few others using it that way too. Maybe I’ll test it out this weekend and see how it works.

@Lauren Love that it works for neutral and pink shades! Glad to hear you’re a fan! :)

@Karen In some cases, gloss is harder to keep in place – especially when eating or drinking. Happy to hear that yours stayed put. Hope your friend likes it too!

Feel free to swing by our Facebook or Twitter pages and post a pic of you rocking your NBL + brightest lip colour!

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Septembre 31 January 2013 at 11:00 pm

Most products that claim to be sheer usually aren’t when it comes to people with darker skin tones. No Bleeding Lips balances precariously on the line between “sheer” and “nice try, honey” — not exactly sheer but close enough to be a repeat user. Despite that minor setback No Bleeding Lips is still a good product. I’m not a lip liner kind of gal and I sometimes get a little lipstick bleeding and migrating lip gloss and No Bleeding Lips put an end to that. I it out with two very different products, my über-dark MAC lipstick in Reign and my barely there L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Pink Resistance, and both my gloss and lipstick stayed put. The almost-but-not-really sheer-ness of the product means I’d be wary to wear this NBL during the day but I would definitely rock this easy to apply product for an evening out when my lipstick tends to get wanderlust.

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Janine 31 January 2013 at 11:15 pm

Love the “wanderlust” term, Septembre!

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:45 pm

Agreed, love the “wanderlust” term as well! And we’re happy to hear that No Bleeding Lips helped with the migrating lip gloss. We love that you have no trouble sporting MAC’s Reign shade – such a fantastic, bold shade!

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Terry 1 February 2013 at 10:23 am

Sometimes the simplest ideas produce the best results and that is true for this great product from No Bleeding Lips. I have always shied away from intense lip colors because I was afraid of the bleeding that would occur in the fine lines around my lips. When I received my product a few days ago I was excited to see if it would really work and I can happily report that it did. It was easy to apply around the lip edge and kept the lipstick in place.The thing I loved the most was the crisp edge I was able to achieve and maintain with No Bleeding Lips. I have a thinner upper lip and when I press my lips together I always get a little overage on my top lip that would stain the area. I didn’t seem to get this with the No Bleeding Lip on. I have tried lip liner before but always had trouble drawing a nice line, I would always go outside the line somewhere. Since this is a clear product if my drawing skills did not come into play. This is a great product that I will purchase again, in fact I need to go out and get my daughter one this weekend. I was showing her the results and she wants one now, so if I don’t want mine disappearing I had better get her one.

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:46 pm

The worst is trying to draw a straight, perfect line and we love the No Bleeding Lips takes the guesswork out of that. Hopefully your NBL will stay in your make-up bag and not mysteriously end up in your daughter’s ;) Hope you both enjoy!

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Delia Lupan 1 February 2013 at 11:28 am

It’s pretty good and it does what it claims. It is easy to apply and I like that is colorless therefore could be used for any lipstick colour. The only downside is that is not retractable.

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:49 pm

Glad you like it Delia! Apologies for the non-retractable applicator. Maybe that is something we will have to look at for the future. Thanks for your feedback!

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Wendy Lee 1 February 2013 at 11:56 am

Loved it! I usually wear lip gloss so this really does the trick. I’ll be suggesting it all my Toronto brides as well! What a fabulous product.

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:51 pm

We love that it works with gloss too! And thanks so much for spreading the word :)

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Sylvia S 2 February 2013 at 7:02 am

I am not going to lie, I was skeptical that this lip liner would work. Whenever I wear lipstick — which to be honest isn’t very often — it always bleeds. That’s why I have been reluctant to wear brightly coloured lippies and have stuck to glosses and chubby sticks.

I received my sample and have been testing it all week. I am very happy to report back that I have donned bright fuschia and rich red lipsticks that have NOT bleed once!!! In addition, when I used it as a primer/base, my lipstick was brighter, more matte and stayed on longer (even through multiple cups of coffee and lunch!).

Wow. Talk about a product really delivering on its promise. I am sold and I am keeping this in my arsenal of tricks.

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:53 pm

Sylvia we’re so glad to hear that No Bleeding Lips worked so well for you. Sometimes rocking a bright lip colour really just makes your day that much better, doesn’t it? :)

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Lorelei Roberts-Loder 2 February 2013 at 12:03 pm

I am a red lipstick, gloss lover! As much as I love the colour I was limiting my use of my favourite red gloss due to its pesky tendancy to bleed. I tried the no bleeding lip liner and it worked! No bleeding at all! I’ll be ramping up the red glossy pout as a result!

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:55 pm

Yay! Now you can use your fave red gloss any time.

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Sarah 4 February 2013 at 12:00 pm

I received my No Bleeding Lips sample on Friday, and was excited to try it out this weekend. I tend to either wear a very neutral moisturizing gloss (Clinique) or stupid bright / cherry red lipstick (Thanks Rimmel and Kate Moss. Seriously, best red lipstick for redheads. Ever.). First off, I love the fact that it’s clear/colourless so that I can wear it with any lipstick, and don’t need to own a bunch of different lipliners (plus there’s none of that trying to find that perfect match of liner to lipstick). And no feathering, bleeding, anything. It’s fine when birds migrate, but no one likes it when their lipstick migrates. I’m looking forward to trying it as a base as a couple of folks have suggested!!

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No Bleeding Lips 4 February 2013 at 1:57 pm

K, we totally love Rimmel/Kate Moss too. Amazing product! And we’re glad to hear you like No Bleeding Lips. We’ve heard of a few people using it as a base/primer, but you’ll have to let us know what you think!

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Daniela 4 February 2013 at 2:49 pm

I gave No Bleeding Lips it’s first try with my favourite bright MAC lippy on a night out. The application was colourless just as it claimed and made my lip colour look more defined and in place which is great for a girl who doesn’t always have the most steady hands for lip liner and dark colour combos. It did a great job of keeping my lip colour “in the lines” all night, and I wasn’t so worried about constantly checking back in the mirror to see if my lip colour had migrated to an unwanted place on my face. I’ve since proceeded to using it at the office with my favourite Stila berry lip gloss and continue to see success.

It’s definitely found a permanent place in my makeup bag.

From reading these comments it seems i’ll also have to try using it as a base/primer next!

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Janine 5 February 2013 at 7:22 am

I have to try it as a base, too!

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No Bleeding Lips 15 February 2013 at 10:10 am

We saw your photo on Twitter rocking that gorgeous MAC colour! So glad you like No Bleeding Lips and we’re happy to have found a place in your makeup bag. Looking forward to more fab photos of your bright-lip-look adventures!

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Shannon 8 February 2013 at 7:48 pm

Love it! I use mine as a primer under everything. Lip gloss, stain and matte lipstick.

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No Bleeding Lips 15 February 2013 at 10:10 am

Such a good idea!

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Kate Dowhan 14 February 2013 at 1:31 pm

beautiful useful product. No bleeding lipstick..for a busy mom on the go and the only product that seems to add life to my face..lipstick!! this saves it from bleeding and keeps it looking nice. thank-you janine for all you do. x

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No Bleeding Lips 15 February 2013 at 10:11 am

Sometimes all you need is a pop of colour on your lips to brighten up your whole look! Glad you’re liking No Bleeding Lips :)

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Kim Masin 14 February 2013 at 8:20 pm

I’ve always stayed away from colour because of the bleeding colour. Yuck! I received my sample and finally had a reason to brighten up my lips. I have to be honest, I was reluctant. I now don’t go anywhere without it. I’m a lipstick/lipgloss junkie and my face has been brightened up. And my lipstick collection has grown! Thanks for a great product. Now where can my friends buy it?

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No Bleeding Lips 15 February 2013 at 10:14 am

This is such a great comment to read, Kim! So happy that No Bleeding Lips has worked so well for you. Be sure to tell your friends that it’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart!

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Holly 19 February 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thanks so much for sending me the No Bleeding Lips (NBL) liner to test. I have a really hard time wearing any highly pigmented lipstick or gloss without it bleeding onto my face. From years of eczema scarring I have tons of wrinkles – and have never been a smoker although my mouth looks it. :(

Test 1: I used the liner and then applied a bright red, high pigment gloss. I reapplied the gloss 2 hours later and unfortunately I ended up with red lines all around my upper lip.

Test 2: I applied more product around my lips (thanks to Janine’s expert advice) and I used the same bright red gloss. I did not get as much bleeding however I feel like I could see the clear, white NBL around my lips.

3rd time’s a charm? Coral lipstick…the NBL worked very well to hold in the color. I also used a primer all over my lips and face so maybe that did the trick.

I will admit I have problem lips – lipstick and gloss always bleed so I tend to choose light shades, but I love a bright lip. My go-to product has always been long-wear lipcolor to avoid the bleeding. No Bleeding Lips was a good product however I felt I was slathering the product on and would have run out after a few more tests.

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