How to Apply Matte Lipstick Like a Total Pro

If you’re like me application of lipstick appears to be the easiest part of the makeup routine, but it’s actually among my most challenging challenges to achieve a beautiful smooth, even pout. In the case of matte lipsticks the process can appear even more difficult since if the lipstick is not properly prepped, the lipstick can reveal any and every wrinkle dry patch and the lips are prone to peeling.

It’s true I’ve had a difficult application of matte lipsticks however a more pleasant experience can be achieved using the correct method. We asked four makeup artists to learn the basics of applying matte lipstick, such as how to prep your lips and how to ensure the product is perfect and, obviously, the best way to be sure that you’re picking the correct lipstick color.

In the next section Our experts will show you exactly the steps to use matte lipstick with ease like an expert.

What Makes Matte Lipstick Unique?

To be (semi) obvious matte lipstick… it’s it’s matte. It lacks a glossed, glossy finish “matte lipsticks are usually highly pigmented and shine-free,” claims makeup creator and artist Dakota Alexandra. “Matte lipsticks come in different formulas such as liquid, pressed in a palette, or in a classic lipstick tube.”

Matte lipsticks are not able to reflect light in the same way as glossy or satin finishes does so, as a result they tend to appear more boring solid, saturated, and even appearance on the lips. Cosmetic artist Alexa Persico writes, “All lipsticks have a combination of oil, wax, and pigmentation. A matte lipstick has less oil and moisture than other lipstick types and will not give off any ‘sheen’ on the lips like a satin or sheer would.”

The lips should be hydrated. This is a vital step when you’re looking for matte lipstick. “A sheer or satin lipstick may have a sheen and stay emollient,” says the celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay “whereas a matte lipstick would feel drier on lips.”

What is the difference between matte than a sheer or satin lip? It’s simply an amalgamation of all the above.

“When it comes to a matte lipstick vs. a satin finish lipstick, satin tends to be a little creamer then matte and has some shine added to the formula,” makeup artist Jacqueline Fraioli explains. “Satin finish lipstick is not as drying as a matte formula. Sheer lipstick has much more luster and shine, almost giving a glossy wash of color. Sheer lipstick would pretty much be the exact opposite of a matte lippie.”

How To Apply Matte Lipstick

1: Prep The Lips

The preparation of the lips is crucial prior to applying lipstick, but it’s especially important when you have matte lips because they don’t leave any texture to imagination.

“Your best bet for a comfortable, long lasting matte lip would be to prep beforehand,” Gabbay recommends. “That means sleeping with a lip mask on the night before, or hydrating while you do the rest of your glam to ensure your lips are plump and ready for application.”

To hydrate your lips, it’s important to smooth the basis for matte lipstick. Persico suggests regularly exfoliating your lips in order to help achieve this: “Mix a little bit of sugar and coconut oil for an easy DIY lip scrub.”

2: Pick A Color

The right color for your lips is essential to create your perfect matte lipstick moment. “Lips are the icing on the cake,” Fraioli declares. “They complete and transform the whole look.”

“When working on a client, I will ask what shade they’re going for, if they have a reference photo, what finish they like, and more,” Alexandra adds. “It’s important to be mindful that lipsticks look different on different skin tones and to choose accordingly.”

Different colors compliment various hues or undertones as well as differ based on the overall design you’re looking for.

Persico is more in-depth by identifying the right colors for each particular undertone. “The very first step in choosing the right lipstick color on a client is determining what undertone their skin tone is,” she explains. “For cool undertones, soft mocha or nudes and ruby or wine shades look great. For warm undertones, the peachy nudes, copper, or bronze shades work well. Neutral undertones have a wide spectrum of colors–both cool and warm tones will work with their skin type.”

3: Apply Lip Liner

If your lips are satisfied well-hydrated and smooth It’s time to apply the liner. While this step isn’t mandatory it can help create an perfect shape and shade for the application of your lipstick. It also decreases the chance of making mistakes during applying lipstick.

“Most matte lipsticks don’t require lip liners, but you can use them if you want to,” Alexandra writes. “I usually do because I’m a fan of lip liners and usually like to use them a shade or two darker to create dimension.”

4: Prepare Lip Product

This step is totally optional and all makeup artists agree using the tubes directly is a fantastic method. If you want to apply lipstick using brushes, experts suggest the additional preparation step.

If you’re using a palette made of steel or your back hand, pick the desired color(s) then apply it to your preferred surface. If you’re mixing two shades in an aesthetic palette using a spatula, it will be your ideal companion. If you’re using your back hand, you’ll need to use an unclean brush to mix the two shades and make a constant formula.

5: Apply Matte Lip

If you’ve made the decision to use a lip brush for your lips, you’ll need to literally apply the product to your lips. “I always like to use a lip brush to get those crispy lines because it’s usually more precise than the provided applicator or lipstick tube,” Alexandra claims.

If you prefer to work straight from the tube , but you are still interested in using makeup brushes, Persico recommends dipping the brush with care into the tube, then apply the color onto the lips. To apply a matte liquid lipstick it is important to apply the color fast, since the product tends to dry quickly and cause application to be difficult.

To get a straight matte lip out of the tube, Fraioli suggests applying directly: “If you’re using a regular matte lipstick, you can apply straight from the applicator and blot your lips together.” Gabbay also says that she likes setting her matte lip with a tiny amount of setting powder to guarantee an extended-lasting shade.

“Regardless of the application method, one even coat is all you need,” Persico says. “Remember with matte lipsticks, a little goes a long way.”

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