If you tend to have a problem using matte lipsticks, here are a few tips from makeup artist, Terri Apanasewicz:
“The best thing to do is to apply a lip moisturizer at night before going to bed, and again in the morning while you’re prepping your skin for the day. I like Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm. You may also need to hydrate your lips with a lip balm during the day and then reapply your lip color. Also, I find it helpful to exfoliate your lips 2-3 times per week. For this, try Victoria’s Secret Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub.”
Or, if you would like to make your own exfoliating sugar lip scrub, try this recipe from www.everydayroots.com):
Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with just enough honey (or olive oil) to get it to stick together. Once a week (twice at the very max) rub the scrub onto your lips, vigorously enough to loosen the dead skin. Let it sit for 1 minute, then wipe off with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm after use.
Exfoliating will keep your matte lipstick from looking crusty and/or blotchy.
Not sure how to apply matte lipstick? Try this tip from www.beautyandtips.com
“After exfoliating (preferably the night before), moisturize your lips using your favorite lip balm or apply some argan, coconut or sweet almond oil. If you want to get the true shade of matte lipstick, first apply concealer all over your lips. Use a lip liner around the edges then fill it in. This will also help the color last longer. Professional makeup artists use this tip all the time. (Find a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick.) Avoid rubbing your lips together when applying matte lipstick. Use a synthetic lip brush to spread the product all over your lips evenly. Make sure to cover up every little corner of your lips for an elegant, more professional-looking result.
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If you want your lip color to last even longer, then, after applying it, blot your lips with a tissue and reapply the lipstick. This will add intensity to the color and you will be astonished how much longer your lipstick will last. Blotting your lips with paper or tissue will help you avoid cakey and over-dry looking lips.
The final touch is to clean up the edges using the same concealer that you used prior to applying your lip color. You can use a small, synthetic concealer brush or a simple Q-Tip to go around your lips, cleaning up all the imperfections and flaws.”
From www.totalbeauty.com How To Remove Matte Lipstick:
“Step 1 – Apply a little bit of Vaseline and let it sit for a few minutes. It helps remove lipstick while moisturizing the skin underneath.
Step 2 – Take a warm washcloth and wipe your lips in a gentle circular motion.
Step 3 – Rinse the washcloth and repeat until all of the lip color is gone.”
Have we convinced you to give matte lipsticks a try? If not, here is our last pitch!
6 Reasons to LOVE Matte Lipsticks (from www.makeup.com)
- It’s High Fashion
- It Makes a Statement
- It’s Long-lasting
- It looks Gorgeous All Year Long
- It Doesn’t Feather
- It’s Not Sticky