Matte liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now. Brands are coming out with huge ranges of colours, Instagram is filled with incredible makeup featuring them and ‘Beauty Gurus’ are using them left, right and centre in their makeup tutorials. For good reason as well. As long as the formula is good, they’re long wearing, look amazing and are super pigmented. However, they can be really drying and if you someone like me who constantly has dry lips, this could be a bit of a problem. So, I thought I’d share with you how I like to prep my lips for matte lipsticks.
When you notice you start to have dry, chapped lips not only do you need to start taking steps to fix the problem but you should also start taking steps to prevent them from chapping again. I like to take 5 steps to help prevent my lips from drying out. They are:-
- Apply SPF to your lips. We all know we should be applying SPF to our face every single day but how often do we actually apply SPF to our lips?
- The benefits drinking lots of water every day are pretty obvious but we often forget the effect dehydration can have on our body.
- Avoid lip products with strong fragrances. Yup, some lipsticks may have a fabulous scent but added fragrances can be extremely drying.
- Avoid licking your lips. If you find yourself licking your lips a lot throughout the day, STOP! It’s super drying and will make your lips flaky.
- Use a humidifier at night. By simply adding a humidifier to your room at night means both your skin and lips will stay extra hydrated.
Exfoliating away all the flaky dead skin from your lips is just as important as it is for your skin. I like to gently exfoliate my lips daily as part of my morning skincare routine. This can be done by either buying a lip scrub (I love the LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub), making a homemade lip scrub (why not try one of these from Brit+Co) or by using a soft toothbrush.
Personally, I like to keep my skincare as simple as possible and my lip care is no different. Vaseline works perfectly for me, but really any good lip balm will do the trick. Try finding one with shea butter, almond oil, macadamia oil or vitamin E. If you’ve already got dry, chapped lips find a lip balm with aloe vera, it’ll help soothe the pain and help heal your lips quicker.
Lips are always the last step in my makeup routine. This means I have time to apply a good lip conditioner to help get my lips in tip top condition before I apply anything to my lips. My favourites are Lip Glam and Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner.
How do you like to prep your lips for matte lipstick?
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