Matte lips are in. They’re bold, classy and long-lasting. While they wear for a long time (some brands even claiming up to 15 to 20 hours of wear!), they might not wear well. Especially if your lips are prone to dryness and/or flakiness. To make your matte lips looking fresh and plump (with no flakes or cracks in sight), here are 4 useful tips to make your matte lipstick last the day.
Before applying your favourite matte lipstick, exfoliating is a must. There’s bound to be dead skin hanging around even if your lips appear smooth. So get rid of that nasty, crusty stuff or the matte formula will cling to it like its life depended on it. Use a lip scrub or if you’re a cheapskate (like me!), just use a clean toothbrush or a towel. A good time to exfoliate is when you are getting ready in the morning.
After exfoliation, your lips are in dire need of some hydration. Don’t forget to apply lip balm so your lips stay plump and juicy. Allow the balm to sink into your lips before you apply your lipstick so that the matte formula won’t turn shiny. A good rule of thumb is to wait 1-2 minutes, so go ahead and plan your outfit while waiting!
Though bleeding typically happens with lip glosses or lipsticks with liquid formulas, it can happen with matte lipsticks. And because they’re so darn long-lasting, it can be more annoying to fix the bleed or smudge. Apply a lip primer after the balm to make sure your lipstick stays where it’s supposed to be.
Before applying your matte lipstick, line your lips to make it neat and tidy. It helps create a smooth base for your lipstick and stops the colour from bleeding out. You can use a lipliner that matches your lipstick or one that is nude; either one will do the trick!
It’s time to treat yourself and your loved ones, ladies! Click here to read up on my favourite brands for matte lipsticks and here to buy Zahara’s very own All-Day Matte Lipcreams in 5 luscious shades! Who says you can’t buy yourself some happy?
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