I was asked by a friend whether anyone there were any tips on dealing with feathered lips.  Bold lips are always an easy way to look put together without a lot of makeup everywhere else, but as the day drags on, your lips can look like a hot mess.  Here’s why.  Not all lipsticks are made equal.  Lipsticks that advertise a moisturizing formula often have a more translucent color. If you are trying to get a vibrant, eye-popping lip color, chances are you are looking for a matte finish which is inherently more drying.  I have experimented with many different methods to achieve a bold lip without the feathering effect.  Take a read on my how-to and share the wealth by letting me know your tips to saying farewell to feathered lips.


Like painting a wall, you always need to start with a good base.  The first step is to prep your lips by exfoliating and getting rid of any dead skin.  There are lip scrub products that are easy to use, like Fresh’s Lip Polish or Tarte’s Lip Exfoliant.  Another great option is to create your own lip scrub using ingredients in your kitchen.  I found a great recipe from The Diary of a Curly Girl.  If all else fails, just lightly scrub your lips using a soft bristle toothbrush.


To keep lips smooth for the entire day, lightly moisturize.  Be careful though, too much moisture will create a waxy barrier preventing the lipstick from sticking.  Just put a very light layer using a “stiffer” (i.e., not super greasy) lip moisturizer like Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm and pat off any excess.


Finally, we’re ready for lip color.  My favorite color is Heat Wave by NARS.  I also like MAC’s range of colors but also find it to be more drying, all the more reason for a good lip foundation.   Lower cost makeup lines, like Cover Girl,  also provide good quality matte colors.  I used to apply only on one half of my lips then use that to smooth color onto the other half but I found that it contributed to dry-out. Instead, apply color on both top and bottom, lightly press together, and then blot with a tissue.  Repeat this a couple of times until you get the desired color intensity.

PS – If you are looking for an easy way to take care of your skin, check out my daily skin regimen

*This post is dedicated to Sara ❤

11 thoughts on “Farewell Feathered Lips

  1. Ugh, I always have this problem with lip colours. MAC tends to be my favourite as well…and I get bored of constantly applying. I’m going to check out Nars and try blotting more (I always get lazy and don’t do it…).
    Your lips look fab!!

    1. Thanks so much! I was trying to figure out how to contact you to let you know that I loved your homemade lip scrub (I guess I could have left a comment…duh). You are on the right track with the scrub…just apply and blot…it’s totally worth it!

    1. Thanks! Glad to hear you use a toothbrush too. It’s a great tool for exfoliation and other uses like cleaning jewelry…we just have to make we don’t use the same brush for both! 😬

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