Primer helps keep lips smooth, prevents feathering in the lip area, and shows off true lipstick color. Waterproof. Paraben-free. Talc-free. Hypoallergenic. Infused with vitamins and essential ingredients. Not tested on animals. Member of PETA. A little goes a long way.
Some find it heavy and drying on the lips.
Prevents lip color from feathering and bleeding, especially when applied over lips and just outside lip line. Swivel-style tube allows for easy application. Prevents feathering even after drinking hot beverages. Moisturizing. Great smell.
Primer stick can be a bit hard and challenging to spread on lips.
Blend of organic oils for the lips that helps to moisturize, prep, and prime. Beeswax, jojoba oil, and peppermint oil, plus other ingredients. Certified organic. Gluten free. Cruelty free. GMO free. Can also use as a gloss.
Pricey. Do not leave in your car, or the oils may melt.
Instantly preps, plumps, and moisturizes lips. 100 percent natural. Silky, weightless. Lauroyl lysine and silica combine to nourish lips, retain long-term color, and prevent feathering. Smooths and conditions with resveratrol, jojoba oil, and argan oil. Makes lightly plumped lips.
May not lengthen the life of your color as well as it smooths your lips.
Sheer, lightweight formula. Helps prevent pigment from fading, flaking, or feathering. Prepares lips for color while moisturizing. Holds color well, prevents smudging. Keeps lipstick off teeth as well.
Some find this primer to feel drying on the lips.
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Lip primers are a must for preparing your lips before applying makeup. They work by helping the pigment in the lipstick stick to the lips, which means it will go on smoothly and last longer, even through eating and drinking, without smudging or feathering. Some can be quite drying, however, so it’s important to look at the label — those with ingredients like beeswax will be more moisturizing. Some primers do double duty as lip plumpers. Many primers are colorless, but some look more like foundation to tone down the lip color and make the lipstick more vibrant. Lip primers come in a variety of applications, from creams to lipstick and brushes, and in a wide range of prices, from bargain beauty lines to truly high end.