How Do I Use Matte Lipstick?

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The first steps in using matte lipstick are to exfoliate and moisturize the lips, as this type of lipstick does not contain any moisturizers or gloss. A lip pencil can then be used to fill in the lips so that the lipstick lasts longer. After the lip pencil has been used, it is time to apply the matte lipstick, either directly from the applicator or with the use of a lip brush. The lips are then blotted with a tissue in order to remove any excess lipstick before applying a translucent powder over the lips.

When using matte lipstick, exfoliation and the use of a moisturizer are important steps that should not be neglected. A simple way to quickly perform these steps is to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the lips and then, using small circular motions, rub the lips with a toothbrush. The application of the toothbrush removes the dead skin cells while the petroleum jelly provides the necessary moisture. Alternately, there are commercial products available that are designed to exfoliate and moisturize the lips. Following exfoliation, an additional lip moisturizer can be used to avoid caking of the lipstick.


The next step in applying matte lipstick is to use a lip liner. After outlining the lips with a lip pencil, the lips are completely filled in with the lip pencil. This helps the matte lipstick last longer and may prevent the need for repeated applications. For additional protection, some people may choose to apply foundation and powder to the lips prior to using the lip pencil.

Matte lipstick can be applied directly from the tube, although the use of a lip brush allows for a more precise application and provides a more professional look. Care should be taken to keep the color within the confines of the natural lip line. Generally speaking, darker lipstick colors give the lips a thinner look, while lighter colors provide a fuller look.

Following lipstick application, a tissue can be used to gently blot the lips. This is done to remove any excess lipstick and to even out the color. The final step in applying matte lipstick is to apply a translucent powder to hold the lipstick in place. To do this, a tissue is placed gently over the lips and the powder is brushed softly over the tissue. Using the tissue ensures that enough powder reaches the lips while avoiding an uneven texture due to clumping of the powder.


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