Matte textured lips are very popular, as they work for any occasion and look. However, they can be tricky to wear and maintain, because they contain less moisture and tend to dry during the day. Therefore, well moisturized lips that will hold the lipstick evenly are a must for matte lipstick. How best to apply matte lipstick:
Step 1: Exfoliate & Moisturize Your Lips
Your lips must be well moisturized in order for the lipstick to look its best. Get rid of dead skin by exfoliating and apply moisturizer before going to bed, in order to keep your lips hydrated; re-apply in the morning, before applying lipstick. If your lips are dry during the day, you may want to apply a moisturizing balm and then re-apply your lipstick, or use a super moisturizing lipstick formula.
Tip: If you are using regular matte lipsticks, using a lip brush will work best, because it will distribute the color evenly. These lipsticks are less moisturizing and a brush will ensure the lip folds are filled in and covered.
Step 2: Do the Rest of the Makeup first
Apply moisturizer to your lips, do the rest of your make-up and then apply lipstick. This will give your lips a chance to absorb the moisturizer. Your lips and rest of the make-up should complement and complete each other: your lips should not compete with your eyes for attention: if you choose a bright lipstick color, stick to a simple look for the rest. You can always add eye shadow or a smoky eye effect, if you plan to go out.
Step 3: Use a Lip Liner
Choose a lip liner of the same color as the lipstick. Outline your lips in order to make sure you get it right from the beginning: otherwise, the high pigment content of matte lipsticks make them hard to remove and correct. The outline will also make it easier for you to glide the lipstick in an even manner, and it will make your lipstick last longer.
Step 4: Apply Your Lipstick
You can apply your lipstick directly from the tube or by using a lip brush, according to your preference. The goal is to be as precise as possible.
Tip: Liquid matte sticks usually include a mechanical brush, which needing an additional brush.
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