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The Dos and Don’ts of Matte Lipstick

Do's and dont's of matte lipstick shades

Matte liquid lipsticks are everywhere, and we are definitely not mad at it. These pigmented lipsticks are perfect for every occasion, especially when you want to go many hours without constantly touching up your lipstick. But have you ever looked at celebrities on the red carpet and wondered how they get the perfect application every time? Have you ever thought to yourself why the deep wine matte lipstick colour looks flawless on your favourite actress but when you try it out your lips look a parched and cracked mess? Liquid matte lipsticks can be a struggle, sometimes even for the seasoned pros.

If you have been looking for ways to step up your matte lipstick game, read on to know the dos and don’ts of matte liquid lipsticks.

1. DO: Exfoliate once or twice a week

If you are a fan of matte lipsticks already, you probably already know that they cling on to all the dry, flaky skin on your lips. The dark matte lipstick colours are especially notorious for highlighting all the cracks on your lips. If you want to flaunt a soft and kissable pout, you have to exfoliate your lips at least once or twice a week to get rid of all the dry skin and dead cells from your lips. Just like you scrub your face to get rid of dull and tired-looking skin and reveal a fresh and glowing complexion, scrubbing your lips help you keep your lips soft and supple. It creates an even base for your matte lipstick to go on. Use a gentle exfoliator – Store-bought lip scrubs, homemade honey and sugar scrub, or even your toothbrush are great options to exfoliate your lips. Remember to be gentle as the skin on your lips is extremely fragile. Rub your exfoliator on your lips in small, circular motions for one to two minutes and wipe with a damp towel.

2. DON’T: Slack off on prepping your lips

Skincare, primer, and then foundation – Aren’t these the steps you follow when you are doing your face makeup? And how about when you apply your matte lipstick? Most people tend to dive straight in with their matte lipstick colours and then wonder why their lips look dry and dehydrated. Just like you prep your face before putting on makeup, you should also prep your lips to get the most out of your liquid matte lipstick. When you are layering on your skincare products, don’t forget to apply a generous amount of lip balm too. Lip balms not only keep your lips feeling moisturized, but they also help to fill in any cracks that you might have in your lips. And that’s not all, some lip balms, like the Maybelline Baby Lips Lipcare, are also infused with SPF to protect your lips from the sun! Baby Lips is to your lips is what sunscreen is to your face and body! Once the rest of your face makeup is done and you are ready to move to your lipstick, apply a very light layer of any liquid foundation on your lips to create a blank canvas for your matte lipstick. This is a great hack if you want to make your matte lipstick’s colours pop.

3. DO: Line your lips

Most people often tend to skip this step, but if you want to improve the longevity of your matte lipstick, you must line your lips. Look for a lip liner that either matches or is close to the natural colour of your lips or get a lip liner that coordinates with your matte lipstick’s colour. A lip liner is great for a number of different reasons – it helps you outline and define your lips, it can be used to overline your lips to make them look bigger, you can use it fill in your lips and create a smooth base for your matte lipstick, and it prevents your matte lipstick colour from bleeding or feathering outside your lip line. The Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner is a soft and creamy lip liner that helps you outline your lips and accentuate them while also helping your matte lipstick stay put for an impactful lipstick makeup.

4. DON’T: Apply too many layers

Probably one of the most common complaints of people who wear matte lipsticks is that it feels heavy and thick on the lips. Sometimes when you want a more intense colour payoff, you might apply one too many layers of your matte lipstick, making the final outcome looking messy and feeling sticky and uncomfortable on your lips. If you do want to apply more than one layer, always wait for the first layer to dry completely before going in with the second coat. Read our step by step lipstick application guide to know more about how to apply lipstick perfectly!

Or you can instead look for liquid matte lipstick colours that coat your lips in super saturated shades in just one coat like the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks. These matte lipsticks are highly pigmented and will give you the most opaque and bold pop of colour in just one swipe. And for such a saturated matte lipstick, they are super lightweight and feel extremely comfortable on your lips.

5. DO: Remove the matte lipstick gently

Matte lipsticks are extremely long-wearing and do not come off with water. But that does not mean you go to town on your delicate lips and rub them extensively to get the matte lipstick colour off. Not only will this hurt, but it might not even take off your lipstick completely and you will be left with dry, cracked, and probably bleeding lips (if they are already sensitive and chapped). Instead, opt for a mild yet effective oil-based cleanser to remove your matte lipstick. Soak a cotton pad with the cleanser and hold it over your lips for a couple of seconds. The oil will break down the matte lipstick colour and then you can gently swipe the cotton pad across the lips to get the lipstick off. Repeat once more if required. Or you can also simply massage the cleanser on your lips with your fingers in small circular motions and wipe it off with a cotton pad or tissue.

6. DON’T: Forget to keep your lips hydrated

You already know that drinking water is good for your skin, but it also plays a huge role in the health of your lips. If you regularly wear matte lipsticks, you have to remember to keep your lips hydrated at all times. Drink sufficient water throughout the day and use a nourishing and moisturizing lip balm like the Maybelline Baby Lips Lipcare to take care of your lips. Also, give your lips a break once or twice a week and use a moisturizing lipstick product instead. The Maybelline Baby Lips Loves Color lip balm is a great way to add colour to your lips while also keeping them intensely moisturized throughout the day. If you want something more impactful, try the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte lipstick. This lipstick has a high pigmentation formula and is also infused with shea butter to nourish your lips and keep them soft and supple.

Now that you know how to protect your lips while getting the most out of your matte lipstick, it is time for you to play around with different shades and switch up your look. Not sure what matte lipstick colours to try? Use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool to try a variety of matte lipstick colours in real-time without leaving your room! The Virtual Try On tool is a fun and commitment-free way to try out lip swatches of all the different Maybelline lipstick shades before you buy them. So what are you waiting for, head over to the Virtual Try On tool and try exciting matte lipstick shades!

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