When you a wear matte red lipstick it can be either flattering or unappealing. There is no in-between. The texture of matte lipsticks makes them less forgiving than other lipsticks. But with these tips, you will master how to wear matte red lipstick.
The Key To A Perfect Matte Red Lipstick is Healthy Lips! Dull, scaly, and dry lips are more noticeable with a matte textured lipstick. So start with exfoliated and moisturized lips. Use your Clarisonic or your Olay Pro Cleansing brush – which is a drugstore version of the Clarisonic. Don’t have either? Use your toothbrush. Take 30 to 45 seconds to exfoliate your lips using gentle, circular motions to remove dead skin.
Now, Let’s Moisturize. After exfoliation, your lips are thirsty for moisture. My favorite product to use is Maybelline’s Baby Lips but Vaseline or any or any other lip balm you have on hand works fine too. Apply it liberally to exfoliated lips. Your lips are exfoliated so the moisturizer can really get in there and do its job. Now, your lips should feel rejuvenated, refreshed, soft, supple, plump and ready for your lipstick.
Be Choosy! Choosing the right matte shade is crucial. The wrong shade can make or break your matte lipstick application. The motto is go bold or go home! Deep matte reds, berries, plums and fuchsias are great. Using a pale color can make your lips look dull and pasty.
Always Line, Outline and Fill. Once you choose the right shade, choose a matching lip liner. Define lips with the liner by paying special attention to your cupid’s bow and corners. Finish up by filling lips in with the pencil. This will keep matte lipstick looking better longer. There will be less patchiness and less feathering too.
Hey, Keep it Clean! Using a lip liner will help with your lipstick application but you still need crisp, clean lines. Crisp and clean lines equal an amazing red matte lip every time. Use a little concealer and a concealer brush (or Qtip) to clean up imperfections. Don’t forget to set the concealer with a translucent or pressed powder.
Matte red lipsticks are trending everywhere. Just thumb through any magazine the next time you’re waiting in the checkout line. You will see celebrities are obsessing over bold, matte lips. Who can blame them? They look great on everyone. The key is knowing how to apply it so you are guaranteed a flawless, amazing application every time.