With all these matte lipstick lines popping up left and right (Milani, Kat Von D, MAC, etc) it’s enough to make your head spin and your lips flake up. Because let’s admit it. Even the most comfortable matte lipstick will eventually start to suck the moisture out of your lips. It’s just the nature of the beast. So here’s a few tips and suggestions to keep the flakes at bay and let your matte lipstick live up to its full potential.
First off, exfoliate! Exfoliating gets rid of those pesky flakes that makes matte lips look dry and icky. It also helps your lips absorb balm better and hold moisture a little longer. As you can see by the flattened tube the Makeup Academy Sugar Lip Scrub is a favorite exfoliator of mine. It has an oil base with some chunky sugar granules that softens dead skin cells (aka those stubborn flakes) and then scrubs them away with the sugar. It’s a handy little scrub on its own but it works best when paired with a wet washcloth or napkin to really get your lips baby soft.
Where to buy: CVS for $5
Next up, you want to apply a little balm. Not a whole lot. Just enough to coat both lips. I like to do this first before applying my makeup because it gives my lips time to soak in all that balmy goodness and get some moisture going. Once I’m done with my makeup, I just blot whatever’s left over on some tissue and begin applying my lip products. Now I have soft, smooth moisturized lips that are good to go! My current fave is the Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Essential Lip Care. It’s a little thick but it’s very hydrating and makes my lips feel buttery soft for hours.
Where to buy: CVS, Walgreen’s, Ulta, etc for around $3
To kick up the moisture a bit I like to go the extra mile and condition my lips overnight, too. This way, I don’t have to worry about exfoliating every morning or slathering on balm all day because my lips have been soaking in balmy goodness all night. Overnight face masks have become wildly popular and so have lip masks. Well, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask at least. This stuff is seriously like a mask for lips! It’s a thick, emollient and intensely hydrating balm that instantly soothes my dry lips and leaves them feeling like silk in the morning.
Where to buy: Sephora for $28
Another overnight balm I like to use is the Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Balm. It reminds me a bit of rose bud salve (which is another great lip treatment) but it’s a little thicker, more emollient and bit more hydrating too. While it’s much lighter than the Bite Beauty Lip Mask, it still keeps my lips moisturized through the night and leaves them feeling soft in the morning.
Where to buy: Sephora and Nordstrom for $28
How do you usually prepare for a matte lip?