4 Tips to Master the Matte Lipstick Look

If your lipstick game is strong, you’ve likely fully embraced the velvety edginess of a matte lip by now. When done right, you can make a statement with staying power. Create your flawless matte finish with these following four tips.

12_preview1. Exfoliate First

Be sure to start with a smooth canvas. Dry, dead skin cells are often what makes your lipstick look rough and uneven. Gently exfoliate your lips before applying any lip color. You can purchase or even create a quick lip scrub by combining honey and sugar. Gently rub the mixture onto your lips to exfoliate.

2. Choose a Hydrating Formula

A great matte lip doesn’t have to look dried out and forced. Look for a product with ultra-hydrating ingredients and a blend of quality oils that treat and condition lips with every application. A hydrating matte lipstick should be so comfortable that you forget you’re even wearing it (until you look in the mirror, of course). The best long-lasting liquid matte lipstick should go from cream to matte in one swipe of the wand. It should also offer a quick-drying, weightless but full coverage formula that will last all day.

3. Use Lip Liner to Perfectly Define

Draw your pout with a lip liner before applying liquid lipstick to get the most out of your color and keep it in place. You want to line your lips first so you know where to color in. You can buy lipstick and lip liner sets that are designed to blend nicely. You want to get a lip liner that is smudge-proof and long-lasting but that also has hydrating oils that nourish the lips. Look for a lip liner that has shea butter and jojoba oil to hydrate and protect your lips. For a fuller-looking pout, you can draw lip liner slightly outside of your natural lip line. Otherwise, it’s fine to draw directly on the lip line. Just be sure every lip product you choose is skin-loving, high-performing, and part of a line of cruelty free makeup products.

4. Blot Lips—But Not on a Tissue

You’ve put the work into creating the perfect lip look, so don’t forget to seal the deal by blotting your lips. By doing this you are helping to set the pigment into your lips, which is necessary if you want your lipstick to stay in place all day. It seems most of us are trained to grab a tissue to blot. But fight the urge—this approach can actually leave small white particles on your lips from the tissue and can mess up your lip look. Tissue also tends to dull the lipstick’s hue and then you end up reapplying it. Instead, kiss a piece of paper because paper tends to absorb the oils better, more evenly, and without compromising your application. For a softer, diffused look, blot until you get your desired color.

Lipstick can be a great way to complete your look. Whether you’re in the mood to try something new or have been rocking a bold lip for years, opt for a hydrating matte lipstick and wear it with pride.

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