Matte lipstick is all the rage this season, both on the runway and off it. The only downside to this stunning look is that it has a tendency to dry lips out when done incorrectly. It can often feel like dried wax, or potentially magnify existing any dry skin on your lips (ugh). Good news - there are a few easy hacks to keep matte lips simultaneously in tact and super kissable.
Gently, of course. The skin on your lips is very delicate, and should be treated with extra tender loving care (try the Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lip Scrub). All you have to do is apply for 1-2 minutes, then wipe off with a tissue.
Try the magic moisturizing matte formula.
Sometimes when you buy a Matte lipstick that in theory is gorgeous, but in application feels terrible, whether it be too dry or tight. Here's what you need to do: After exfoliating, apply a small amount of lightweight moisturizer to your lips. Then scrape off a small amount of your fav lip balm (we won't use anything other than Burt's Bees). Mix with a smidgeon of foundation primer, apply to your lips, and then blot with a tissue. This formula creates a barrier between your skin and the matte lipstick, which rids your lips of the dreaded dryness without taking away from the perfect finish.
Stay away from lip brushes.
Things just aren't going to go very well for you if you try to apply matte lipstick with a brush. It will most likely look uneven, even with the best matte formula. If your lipstick is a bit dried out and you're having trouble directly applying, try heating it up with your blow dryer for a few seconds.
Apply lipliner AFTER applying lipstick.
The key to perfect matte lips? The perfect lip liner. Once you've applied your color, tidy up the edges with a matching lipliner.
Remove with moisturizer.
Probably the worst part about wearing matte lipstick is getting it off. You'll save time and money if you slather an unscented moisturizer on your lips, then wipe it off with a tissue - not to mention keep them feeling soft and sultry.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.