I wear lipstick a lot, especially at the weekends - and preferring bold reds and pinks in matte finishes, I find there's a few extra tools that really help perfect a strong lip. Matte lipsticks in particular can be quite drying and cause your lips to flake after a few hours, along with wearing off patchily, so these tips should help combat these problems (which aren't, y'know, life-threatening, but are annoying!). I imagine most would be useful for other colours/finishes too - especially those that require an even finish that's distinctly different to your natural lip colour.
These are the products I wouldn't be without...
|L-R: Lip scrub, matte powder, lip pencil, lip primer, lip brush (product details below)|
And here's what I do with them!
Then, on goes the primer - and I've never found anything that betters this one by Mac. It's the perfect texture (not too greasy/balmy) and stops matte lipsticks from drying your lips out, without affecting the finish and making it shiny. Out of all of the products in this post, this is the #1 I can't live without. I'm never sure if it helps lipstick to last longer, but it certainly doesn't make it wear off faster either!
Nutrimetics Lip Defining Pencil (so old this version isn't sold now)
When that's done and I'm ready to put the lipstick itself on, I use a lip brush to colour in the shape I've just marked out, making sure I go right up to the edges of the liner. Basically, I find the only way to neatly go to the edges of your lip shape is with a brush - it just gives you more control. This Boots brush is my favourite because it's cheap and has a cap (which isn't the one featured top left - whoops- it's actually that bit on the base of the brush). Once that layer is on, I'll top up from the tube to get the full whack of colour.
And then blot and reapply, of course. Coincidentally, I haven't featured a picture here as not the prettiest thing in the world, but I find the best way to blot lipstick is to use a face wipe that's dried out over several hours - there's none of that fibres sticking to you like with tissues this way. You have to be a good planner to have this to hand though!
The finisher (optional)
Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder (Sephora)
This is a neat trick I've picked up from other blogs - but warning, it's a messy one! If you've got a creme or semi-matte lipstick you want to take the shiny edge off, dabbing some matte powder over the top, once you've blotted, helps with this. But obviously, using any kind of puff, pad etc will stain it, so it's messy because the easiest way is to use your fingers by picking up as much product as you can on one and dabbing on.
And you get the idea... although I wouldn't say this was perfect, I'm no make-up artist... but it's good enough for me. And more importantly, doesn't dry my lips out, feather or fade too quickly...
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