Nothing quite says drama like a bold, matte pout. While dark lips sans shine are definitely making a comeback this season, they require a little more effort than swiping on a rich shade of lipstick. Intense pigments and matte formulas can draw attention to the tiniest lines, cracks and flaws – so you need to make sure your pucker is prepared. Take these measures and your lips will be turning heads in no time:
Before you even consider painting on a matte shade, it’s crucial to slough off dead skin from your lips. Apply a gentle scrub and massage it in, then rinse off to reveal a smooth, flake-free surface underneath. A washcloth can help with removing the top layer, just be careful not to rub too vigorously or you may irritate your delicate skin.
While we love the matte finish, lipsticks that achieve this are formulated with ingredients that can dry out your pout. Celebrity makeup artist Jim Crawford, who has painted the faces of Halle Berry and Rachel Bilson, told Elle magazine that these products often have a higher wax content than oil content, which is why it’s important to hydrate your pucker regularly when you want to rock this look. Swipe on a basic moisturizing lip balm and pat with a tissue to remove excess. That will help to keep lips from getting too chapped without compromising the matte effect. Gina Brooke, makeup artist for Madonna and Naomi Campbell, explained to Elle that an anti-wrinkle eye cream can also diminish any lines on your lips.
You might be surprised by this trick: Start with a layer of foundation to customize the color. Daily Makeover recommended applying a coat of lipstick on top, then blotting with a tissue, and then repeating these two steps until you have a perfectly rich hue.
A lip liner is indispensable when you’re creating a matte lip. Not only does it maximize the intensity of the color, but it also ensures that the pigment lasts longer. Plus, it will help to create a clean, defined line, making it easier to apply the lipstick precisely so that your look is polished. Outline your pout with the pencil and then completely fill in the lines. Follow with a layer of lipstick in the same shade. One last tip: Daily Makeover suggested using your finger to apply a little blush to your lips in a matching hue. As long as it’s a powder formula, it will help to lock in the color and also enhance the matte effect.
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