High impact lips are all the rage, but with the often castor oil-based formula comes a big problem: Color bleeding. Throughout the day, we turn to our compacts in shock as our perfect lines of black, red, and neon orange blur out into irreversible territory—we are left with a serious case of make out face. When we said we wanted crazy lips, this is not what we meant. We've attempted to layer the color liberally, but where's the fun in that? And forget finding a matching lip pencil—our bold lip colors are unique! Surely there must be a way to stop all this color migration before it starts.
Before painting on your pout, give a clear lip liner a try. The waxy, colorless pencil is designed to line outside your lips, creating a barrier between your mouth and the rest of your face. It was originally designed for use around creased and wrinkled lips, but lately it's been getting a revival as a product that pairs perfectly with today's bright, bold, and oil-based lip products. DuWop's Reverse Lip Liner is chunky enough to make sure you don't miss a spot, while Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone is thin, sleek, and won't take up space in your makeup bag.
We put clear lip liner to the test with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic's Lip Tar in its most intense color, Tarred. And after three hours, we were happy to say our lip lines were still as defined as ever! Because the liner is used outside the perimeter of the mouth, one swipe in the morning will get you through the day, creating a bleed-free barrier that keeps all your lipstick reapplications at bay. Try a clear lip liner and feel free to rock a lip color as bold as you are, without crossing a line.