6 Step-By-Step Tips On How To Apply Matte Lipstick
If you’re looking to getÂ this seasonâ€™s biggest lip trend just right, use our step-by-step guide to the perfect matte lipstick application.Â Once you go matte, you never go back!
STEP 1: Exfoliate Your Lips
TheÂ texture of matte lipstick tends to emphasize the flaws of your lips, which is whyÂ itâ€™s extremely important to prepare your lips by makingÂ them smooth and soft. ExfoliateÂ your lips to get rid of any excess or peeling skin â€” this will help your makeup glide on easily. There’s plenty of lip scrubs available for purchase (our favs include Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ, andÂ Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant), but you can also prepare a lip scrub at home! Mix some sugar with olive oil and honey, gently massage your lips with it, then rinse!
STEP 2: Hydrate Your Lips
SinceÂ you donâ€™t want yourÂ matte look to turn into something glossy, it’s important that you do use aÂ non-greasy lip balm before application. Carry it with youÂ throughout the day to keep your lips from looking dry (we love this one from Soap and Glory).
STEP 3: Prime Around Your Lips
Matte formulas wonâ€™t bleed or run… that much, but to ensure your lipstick stays in place all day, try a lip primer! Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer is a fav amongst ourÂ Galore beauty editors â€” it’s sure to keep your pout in check.
STEP 4: Opt For A Lighter Shade
When youâ€™re at the beauty counter, consider which lipstick colors will work best with your skin tone, but also remember that a darker matte lip will exaggerate any flaws, especially dry lips! Candy K by Kylie Cosmetics is our fav matte nude on the market.
STEP 5: Use A Brush
Fill your lips in using a lip brush to fill in the edges and add definition.Â Pro tip: Add a double coat if you want your lip color to last even longer.
STEP 6: Blot Your Lips
Blot your lipstick by pressing your lips between a tissue or with paper.Â Blotting will help you avoid cakey and over-dry looking lips.