Beauty Tricks How to wear matte lipstick like a pro

A matte lip can make for a bold statement, so keep the rest of your makeup simple and let your lips be the focus.

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Matte lips are one of the few beauty looks that we can be regard as infallible. Provided you have found the right shade and formula to suit you, there is genuinely no way you can go wrong.

One advantage of using matte lipstick is that its longevity means you'll want to find colours that you can live with all day.

When looking at how to wear matte lipstick, it’s important to create a certain balance with the rest of your makeup.

  • Prepare your lips

Exfoliating your lips before applying a matte lip is important because matte lipstick isn’t as forgiving as gloss, so every imperfection will show.

You can prepare a lip scrub at home: just mix some sugar with olive oil and honey and gently massage your lips with it for couple of minutes, then rinse; you lips will feel baby soft and smooth.

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  • Add moisture

While you don’t want to turn the matte look into a glossy sheen, keep a non-greasy lip balm on hand to ease dryness throughout the day.

  • Start off by lining your lips

Apply a lip liner all over your lips before applying your matte lipstick. Using lip liner will help you get neat, clean and beautiful result. Find a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick and line your lips with it, filling them in. This way you are creating a base for your matte lipstick to glide on; the color will look a lot richer and more intense. Lip liner will also help your lipstick last longer, according to beauty and tips.

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  • Pick the right shade

If you want to get the true shade of matte lipstick, apply a concealer all over your lips prior to applying your lip colour. Whether you decide to go for a bright red, flashy pink or nude matte lips, concealing them in advance will help get very neat and beautiful result. “Too pale and you'll look like a corpse; too dark and it will stain lips and wear badly,” says Walsh, who prefers corals, reds and pinks for matte lipstick.

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  • Apply second coat

If you want your lip colour to last even longer, after applying a lipstick, blot your lips with a tissue and reapply the lipstick again. This tip will help add intensity to your lip colour and you will be astonished how much longer your lipstick will last. Blotting your lips with paper or tissue will help you avoid cakey and over-dry looking lips, according to beauty and tips.

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