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Matte Lipstick Giving You Grief? Use A Lip Brush.

Last night I attended a dinner party and at some point found myself having a conversation with two ladies who had plenty of questions around matte lipstick. Everyone agrees the look is divine but not many of us can tolerate the dry feeling on the lips after a while. And yes, there are creamy mattes and semi-mattes, which are more comfortable but some of us want the completely matte look. Must it be so hard? Read on to learn some great tips for wearing the driest of mattes (Woo, anyone?)

The first thing you need to make sure of is that your lips are well exfoliated and there is no dry, chapping or peeling skin. The best way to do this is by using a wet face cloth. Rub is firmly across your lips until all dry skin is exfoliated and you are left with smooth, brand new lips. 

Secondly, apply a generous amount of Vaseline or Aquaphor (not a gloss or lip balm or anything sticky). Leave this on for at least 5 minutes and let it work as a softening and nourishing mask for your lips.

Next, rub off the Vaseline/Aquaphor completely and take a moment to appreciate how soft and smooth your lips are. (You’re welcome)

Now you may apply your lipstick. When a matte lipstick is applied directly to the lips from the tube, it feels hard and dry and doesn’t really glide effortlessly across the lips. On cold days, it’s a nightmare. Use a lip brush to apply your matte lipstick from the tube and you will see a huge difference in the way it looks but also how comfortable it feels. 

A lip brush requires a little more patience but it is so worth it. The application is precise, the colour working its way into every crevice. This means no untidy cracks and you will achieve an even-toned finish. Take your time to paint in the colour and once you’ve applied it all over the lips, you may now go over it with the actual stick if you like (for an intense opaque look) otherwise just leave it all to the brush. Just don’t start with the stick – always brush first.

When applied this way, lipstick lasts longer, looks neater, feels more comfortable and won’t bleed from your lip line.


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