:affiliate:Hello gentle reader.
As you probably know, I am fifty. Yep. Fifty.
One lovely thing about getting older is all of the wonderful lines and wrinkles that come with the passage of time. Especially those adorable, tiny vertical lines that radiate out from your lips... Those are simply the best! They sure make wearing lip products, especially gloss and dark lipstick just so super fun. There is nothing like applying your lippie and looking in the mirror an hour or so later to see it climbing off of your lips, into those lines and forming a lippie-coloured halo around your mouth. Sooo attractive! Sooo youthful!
Happily, there is a product that can help. Clear barrier lip liner pencils are a boon to us 40 - 50+ somethings. They help to corral your lip colour and keep it from crawling all over your face. Today, I wish to share my current favorite barrier pencil, the Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner. This five dollar wonder is available from the Milani website and wherever you buy Milani in your area.
The packaging is bare bones drugstore card and blister pack. The pencil is a basic, wood pencil painted in glossy black and trimmed and printed in gold. My only gripe with this pencil is that it has to be sharpened. I hate having to waste perfectly good product in the process of sharpening a pencil! And as this is a soft pencil, it requires frequent sharpening.
The Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner is a soft, white, waxy pencil that applies clear, forming a nearly invisible barrier or "dam" around the lip line to help fill in those tiny lines and hold lip colour in place.
This pencil can also be applied all over the lips as a primer to help lip colour last a little longer. I don't use it in this capacity as my lips don't like it. But, they are a picky pain in my ass, so don't listen to them. Try it for yourself.
As you can see in this macro shot, my lips were pretty heavily lined with this pencil and it is barely visible. You can't see it at all at a casual distance. I am wearing an intensely pigmented lip paint in this photograph and it had been on for about an hour or so when I snapped this shot. There is only the teeniest bit of bleed, at my cupid's bow on one side but for the most part, it didn't jump the barrier and slither all over the place.
I have found that I get the best result if I stretch my lips into a wide, horizontal "smile" then draw the liner just outside my vermilion line, pressing a bit to get it into those lovely little lines of mine then gently pat-pat-pat to kind of set it into place. Then I go over it, again. I relax my mouth, apply my lip colour and if it is a very intense shade, like the lip paint above, I'll run over the line one more time, just to be safe. I will often carry this with me when out and about to refresh and keep my lip line clean and crisp. Getting older is a lot of work, gentle reader.
I like the Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner. I have been through a couple of them and will continue to buy them as long as Milani makes them. They are, at only five dollars a piece, a terrific Bargain Beauty Find.
Have you tried the Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner? What did you think of it? Do you have a tried and true method to prevent lip colour bleed? Please do tell.