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How to Prevent Lipstick From Feathering

How-To: Prevent Lipstick From Flaking, Caking and Feathering

We've got you covered in ways to prevent foundation from caking, concealer from creping and eyeshadow from creasing, now it's time to talk lipstick. Here's how to keep your lips feather-free:

Clear lip balm: Not only does lip balm help keep lips hydrated and smooth, but extending a clear lip balm around the outer edges of the lips during application also creates an invisible shield that prevents lipstick from going anywhere.

Colour in between the lines: A light layer of foundation (optional), followed by a neutral or colourless liner, creates a solid base for keeping lipstick in check. Try MAC Naked Liner Lip Pencil ($30).

Exfoliate: Exfoliating helps to eliminate feathery, peeling skin. Apply The Body Shop Lip Scuff ($19.95) or rub inThe Lip Scrub by Sara Happ - Brown Sugar ($29.95) to keep lips velvety soft.

Prime time: Lip primers, like DuWop Prime Venom Lip Balm ($32) and Elizabeth Arden Advanced Lip Fix (approx $24.50) prep the lips by making a smooth, even surface.

Keep reading . . .Check your products: If you find that you still have lots of caking, your products could be old or lacking in quality. Toss lipsticks when necessary and don't be afraid to make an investment for the perfect pigment.

Get glossy: When all else fails, go for a richly hued gloss or highly emollient lipstick instead, which both glide on more smoothly and tend to resist caking.

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