Lipstick is the ultimate accessory, the finishing touch that can bring an entire outfit together. If you are like many women, you may sometimes prefer your lipstick to have a matte finish yet want to avoid the dry lips that matte shades can bring. The good news is that there are ways to have your matte and wear it too while keeping luscious and moist lips.
It’s In the Ingredients
Why are matte liquid lipsticks more drying to your lips? The answer lies in their composition. Mattes have a higher proportion of wax and pigment to oil than their glossier cousins. While this leads to a richer, deeper and longer-wearing look, blotchiness and dryness can be the downsides.
Prepare Your Lips
Since matte lipstick has a dryer consistency, it is more likely to settle into any creases, cracks or dry places on your lips. You can minimize this by smoothing and moisturizing your mouth before applying the matte. Two minutes of exfoliating your lips with a mixture of olive oil, sugar and honey and massaging them gently will yield the soft, supple surface you want.
Moisturize Ahead of Time
After exfoliating, it’s time to replenish with some moisture. Avoid lip products that contain glycerin or hyaluronic acid since these actually rob your lips of moisture. For a natural refresher, try coconut or argon oil.
Apply a Primer and Lip Liner
Now that your lips are prepared, you want to put on a base that ensures the matte look you are seeking. A primer will do just that, and it will help your look to last longer, too. A lip liner applied all over the surface of your pout will create a barrier that enables lipstick to glide on easily and prevents it from settling in any remaining cracks.
Time to Apply Your Matte
Once you put your matte lipstick on over your primer and lip liner, it has a good chance of remaining beautiful for hours. However, mattes can require occasional maintenance throughout the day, particularly if you eat or drink. Always carry your favorite shade along with a makeup mirror to keep your look perfect. Should your lips start to feel dry, add a touch of your favorite lip balm.
Isn’t it a relief to know that you can wear your favorite finish in lipstick now without sacrificing lip moisture? Now that you know the secrets, why not go out and buy a few more beautiful matte lipsticks to round out your collection?