Matte lipstick is having a major moment right now (hello, Kylie Lip Kits), but wearing it can be insanely frustrating. Ever had that moment of dread when you realize your matte lipstick is already dry and cracking when you’ve only had it on for two hours? Me too. Luckily, it only takes a few extra steps before applying your matte lipstick to ensure your lips stay moisturized and smooth throughout the day.
Exfoliation isn’t just important for your face and body – dry or dead skin on your lips can easily make matte shades look gross and rough. You can easily exfoliate your lips by brushing them with a soft bristle toothbrush or use a scrub made for your lips. We’re obsessed with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22), which smells and tastes so amazing you’ll want to eat it.
This is the most obvious step, but also the easiest one to mess up. Use a super moisturizing lip balm like Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6) on your lips, but do it early on in your makeup routine, so that it has time to work its magic before you apply your lipstick. Otherwise, your “matte” lipstick will end up with an overly creamy finish when it blends with the lip balm.
While using lipliner can result in some pretty scary ’90s flashbacks, we promise it’s a good idea here. Use a shade that matches your lip color and apply it all over your lips – not just around the outside lines. It will create a smooth base for your lipstick and will make it more long-wearing.
Blot, Blot, Blot
After applying your lipstick, make sure to give it a quick blot with a tissue or paper towel. This will get rid of any excess that might start to crack or flake if your lips do start to get dry throughout the day.
Sure, it’s a lot of work, but plush, flake-free matte lips that stay all day? Totally worth it.
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