Any makeup look is incomplete without lipstick. The colours might change with the trends, but a flawless, smooth lipstick application stays constant to nail the makeup look; and nothing better than a liquid matte lipstick to complete the look. But when it comes to matte liquid lipstick, there are a lot of rumours about how they darken your lips or make them dry. These are nothing but just myths.
The quality of your lipstick and how correctly you apply it is all that matters to get a smooth finish that lasts long and doesn't dry out your lips.
The changing weather can affect your skin easily, and winters aren't the only time when your lips might be flaky. If you apply lipstick on chapped lips, the cracks will be visible, and the lipstick will cling on to the flaky skin. Hence, the first step is always to exfoliate your lips to scrub off the dead skin and get rid of rough lips.
To scrub your lips, you can use a good-quality market-bought lip scrub or DIY! Use a spoonful of sugar with some coconut oil to exfoliate your lips. Exfoliate once or twice a week if you have dehydrated and flaky skin.
Once done, it is quite important to hydrate your lips with a good lip balm with SPF or oil. This step moisturizes your lips, making them supple and plump. For a natural look, you can also apply a tinted lip balm to add a slight tint on your lips.
Once the canvas of your lips is ready, it is now time to apply a base. You can use a lightweight concealer or foundation that matches your skin tone on your lips. This step might seem like an option, but trust us; it is one of the hacks that you don't want to miss.
Acting as a primer, it helps to fill in the cracks on the lips, giving you an even base for application. Be it fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or uneven colouring on lips, this step covers it all.
Many times, liquid lipstick might feather out of the natural lip line, messing up your entire makeup. Another commonly missed step, lip liner helps keep your lipstick intact. The key to getting the lip lined perfectly is the colour of the liner. It is always recommended to pick a colour that is same as or close to your natural lip line or your matte liquid lipstick.
The best thing about lip liner is that it not only outlines and defines your lips but also prevents your lipstick from feathering or smudging out. You can also use a lip liner to overline your lips to make them look bigger. You can also use the Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon or Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner to outline your lips.
Here comes the main step - applying lipstick like a pro. Choose the perfect shade that goes well with your makeup, outfit, and entire look. The Maybelline Superstay Ink Liquid Lipstick collection has a variety of shades that you can choose from. You can also try the Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick Collection having flattering shades suiting all skin tones. Not sure which shade suits you the best? Worry not; the Maybelline Virtual Try On Tool is there for you! Experiment and explore a wide range of shades in real-time right at your home.
Once you pick your liquid matte lipstick shade, begin by applying a coat on the centre of your upper lip and gently swipe to both the corners, covering your entire lip. Repeat the step with your lower lip. A huge mistake that most of us do is sweeping over the lips with multiple layers. This is a big no-no! Multiple layers make your lips look thick, patchy and sticky, making you uncomfortable and messy.
Although an optional step, it can take your makeup look to a whole new level. You can blot your lips on a tissue to avoid your lipstick from leaving traces on the spoon or mug. Fold a tissue and hold it between your lips, pressing them down. It will take off any extra lipstick or oil. You can finish off the look by dabbing little translucent compact powder on the lips to set them.
With these simple tips, you can now hack the lipstick look like a pro. Once you ace the basics, you can experiment with different makeup looks to amp up your style. To know more about this, check the different types of lipstick makeup.