As fall is well on it’s way and winter is slowly creeping up the dark lipsticks are coming out to play. Not only are they dark but they are matte! I wanted to share how I prep, prime and recover from my matte lips! I find this system extremely effective at keeping my lips from falling off my face dry piece by dry piece (just a nice image for you, you’re welcome).
Prep: As you begin to do your makeup just slap your favorite lip balm on to allow it to sink in by the time you get to your lips. I personally use Nuxe Reve de Miel because it’s extremely moisturizing but it has a matte finish that won’t interfere with your lip products if you forget to blot the excess away. It keeps my lips hydrated for hours which makes wearing dehydrating lipsticks that much more bearable.
Prime: Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Pencil is my one stop shop to priming my lips. It’s completely translucent so it doesn’t leave any odd white cast on the lips. It creates a waxy barrier between the lips and the lip product which prevents your matte lipsticks from drying your lips out too much. The best part about this pencil is how long lasting it makes your lipstick. It creates a tacky base which allows you to swipe on your matte lipsticks with no dragging or patchiness. I find that my matte lipsticks are less prone to clumping or flaking off when I wear this primer. Hey girl…you’ve got some lipstick gunk on your inner lip. Hot. Not.
Recover: I think this is one of the most important steps when you’re wearing matte lipsticks on a regular basis. Once I remove my matte lipstick I like to take a cotton bud and dip it into my Vaseline Lip Therapy. I then like to roll the cotton bud on my lips pressing down quite firmly to remove any last traces of my matte lipstick while sloughing (ew) off any dead skin cells that may be clinging to my lips after their ordeal.
This may seem like a lot of steps but honestly it pays off. As long as I don’t show up to work on Monday looking like I went for a stroll through the Sahara I’m a happy lady. What are your tips and tricks to keeping your lips happy during the colder/matte months?