Thursday, 21 March 2013

How To Wear Matte Lipstick + My Tips For Lipstick Problems!

I would like to introduce you to someone. Meet matte lipstick.

Oh, come on now, don't be shy! A strong bold colour on the lips isn't something to be scared of -- wearing a matte lipstick may seem old-fashioned and grown up, but I promise you, there are so many ways to modernise your matte.

I am a HUGE fan of matte lips, I think they look grown up, sophisticated, and have that whole Madmen vintage vibe going on. If you're a frequent reader of my blog, you'll know how much I adore winged liquid eyeliner -- and the perfect partner in crime for a cat eye is a bold, matte lip colour.

If you're shying away from a matte lipstick because you're nervous that it will make your lips look dry, that the colour will crack or feather, don't stress! Today's blog post is all about my tips for long-lasting, flawless lips, which means you can wear your matte lippy with confidence!

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Prepping your lips to reduce dryness/flaking

Most people complain to me that when they try to wear matte lipstick it makes dry or chapped lips more obvious. The key here to a smooth matte application is to exfoliate your pout!

My favourite methods is to use a wet toothbrush to gently buff your lips in a circular motion (like brushing your teeth, just on your lips!) or to enlist the help of a sugar scrub. You can make your own using honey and raw sugar, or use a pre-made one like this one I bought from LUSH.

LUSH Lip Scrub in "Mint Julips"
Then using your favourite chapstick or lip moisturiser (I love Maybelline's Baby Lips or Lucas' Papaw Ointment) apply generously and leave on your lips for a few minutes before wiping off with a tissue.

Maybelline Baby Lips in "Pink Glow" & Lucas' Papaw Ointment
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Long-lasting application & preventing "feathering"
Most matte lipsticks are already quite long-wearing due to the formulation, but because the colour pigment is often super bold, it means that your lipstick can sometimes go walkabout and smudge easily.

Line your lips:
Stop that lipstick in its tracks! First up, make friends with a lip liner in the same shade as your lippy. Don't make the rookie mistake of only lining the outside of your lips - that means that if you neglect to touch up your lipstick, you'll be left with a weird looking outline on your lips! Make sure to not just line your lips, but to also fill in your lips! The liner helps your lippy "stick" to your lips, so the colour lasts a lot longer.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lip Liner in "Wine" 
Much better!
Applying matte lipstick:
If you're not confident applying your lippy straight from the bullet, invest in a lip brush. Using your lip brush, swipe it across your lipstick and then apply to your lips. This method is much more precise than applying straight from the bullet, creating a more even finish. But if you're confident skipping the lip brush, go for it girl!

Sportsgirl Pout About It Lip Colour in "Night Owl" & Sportsgirl Brush With Fame Lip Brush
Preventing lipstick from getting on your teeth:
This might sound weird, but put your finger in your mouth, press your lips firm over your finger and then slide your finger out. See all that lipstick on your finger? All of that product was on the inside of your lips and would have gotten on your teeth! Repeat for the left and right sides of your lips too.

No lippy on your teeth, whoop whoop!
Stop feathering/bleeding lipstick:
Feathering is what happens when your lipstick bleeds out from your lips, ending up with little lines of lipstick around your mouth. This generally happens to older women, but these tips also work to stop your matte lipstick from smudging. After you have applied your matte lipstick, use a concealer brush and your favourite concealer to cover up any uneven areas around your lips, making sure to blend the concealer. The concealer not only helps you create your desired lip shape, but it also acts as a barrier, preventing your lipstick from moving!

ecoTools Concealer Brush & Benefit Erase Paste Concealer in "Medium"
And now you have beautiful matte lips!
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Other ways to wear your matte lipstick
One thing I love about matte lipsticks is that they can be worn in a multitude of ways. Having one matte lippy means that you also have a lip stain, a creme blush, and you can also turn clear gloss into coloured gloss!

Turn your matte lipstick into a lip stain:
If you don't want a super bold lip, after you have applied your first coat of lipstick, press a tissue against your lips. It will pick up most of the product, but leave the colour behind! This is great for a more subtle lip look.

Like I just ate a cherry!
Reinvent your clear gloss:
Want a glossy finish but don't have a coloured gloss with you? After creating your lip stain (above), apply your favourite clear gloss for a shiny, flirty look.

Sportsgirl Give Some Lip Liquid Lip Colour in "Clear"
(It used to be clear, but I use it over my lipsticks a lot haha) 
Mmmm juicy pouty smooches

Creme blush:
For a natural looking blush, swipe your matte lipstick straight from the bullet across your cheeks. Then blend with your fingers for a natural cheek stain.

The lipstick I used was Innoxa Lovely Lips Lipstick in "Pink Peony" 

My favourite matte lipsticks & swatches:
All Sportsgirl Pout About It! Lip Colours...
L - R
"Berrylicious", "Sweet Valentine", "Night Owl", "Almost Famous" and "Bombshell".
For some reason "Sweet Valentine" and "Night Owl" look glossy here, but they're not!
Don't want a traditional matte? Try a semi matte like the new collection from Rimmel London and Kate Moss. A semi-matte lipstick has a super smooth application and a more satin finish.

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks in "Rosetto" and "Kiss of Life"

What's your favourite matte lipstick? Have any application tips? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Nice post, this would be very helpful for first timers :) I remember when I first started out wearing bold lipstick, I would wear it as a lip stain instead.

    1. Thank you, that's very sweet! That's how I suggest my friends to wear their lipsticks when they're trying a bold colour :) x

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  3. Cool internet!

    Sweet posting, this particular would be very priceless for rookies :) we recall whenever we very first launched out dressed in bold lipstick, i'd wear it as a lip stain alternatively.

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  4. i found this website very helpful thank you so much. I had bought a new Fergie lipstick its so bold and I didnt know how to apply it because when I did sometimes it would smuch and my matte lipstick with feather thanks for the great tips

    1. You're very welcome, I'm glad to have helped! x

  5. Using the lipstick as a creme blush is so clever, and it looks amazing! I'd never have thought to do that but now I'll have to try :) My lips are dry to the extreme right now, making my matte difficult to pull off, but I'm hoping once weather warms up it will get easier.

    1. Thanks so much Lindsey! Try a lip scrub or a heavy duty lip moisturiser (try Lucas' Papaw Ointment if you can find it!) at night and that should nix any dryness :) x

  6. Great tips, also a big lush scrub fan!
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  10. Thank you for sharing. I really learned a lot. I just would like to ask something: because I wear a lot of different shades of lipstick, is it possible if I can use only one lip liner? like the nude one? :)

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