You've heard by now that liquid lipsticks are IN. After hearing this breaking news, you probably went out and bought some, ready to look lavishing at your next event, or on your next date. You love the look- liquid lipsticks suit you. But as the evening progresses and you go to the bathroom you are horrified when you glance in the mirror to see nothing other than CRACKING LIPSTICK! NOOO! You throw your fists up and curse the heavens! Okay, maybe a tad dramatic there. But cracking liquid lipsticks IS absolutely irritating. Here's how you can prevent it from happening to you!
STEP 1: Exfoliate your Lips with a Lip Scrub
Don't apply liquid lipstick directly to dry or cracked lips unless you want to enhance the dry, cracked lips look(pretty sure you don't). There's a quick fix for this- simply exfoliate your lips to get rid of dead skin, which makes the application process smoother. There are many lip exfoliators available for cheap online like this one at Target. You can also make lip exfoliator, or simply brush your lips with a toothbrush prior to applying liquid lipstick.
STEP 2: Apply a Matte Lip Balm and a Primer
Liquid lipsticks are meant to dry completely on the lips so they often make your lips feel, well, dry. Depending on the liquid lipstick, it may be best to apply a lightweight lip balm before applying the actual lipstick in order to sooth lines and keep your lips from drying out. Though it's totally optional, you could try applying a lip primer directly on your lips before you smooth on the lipstick to make sure it stays put.
STEP 4: Apply Concealer
If you are applying a matte lip color that you want to stand out even more, apply a bit of concealer on your lips to neutralize your normal lip color. By neutralizing your the canvas of your lips, when you do apply your liquid shade, it will truly pop.
STEP 5: Line Your Lips
Since liquid lipsticks have a standard applicator, keep things nice and neat by applying liner along your lip line. Use either a natural shade or one that matches your lipstick color. Along with the concealer, lip balm and pre exfoliation, the liner will create a smooth base to go underneath your lipstick and keep it in place during the day, or long into the evening hours.
Another pro for liner use is that it is also much easier to apply liquid lipsticks after the lips are lined, because the lining ensures that the wet lipstick stays in place and doesn't go outside the lip line boundary.
STEP 6: Apply an EVEN coat of liquid lipstick
It's the moment of truth- time to apply the liquid lipstick! Apply a thin, even layer and avoid any temptation to layer it, as liquid lipsticks aren't meant to be layered. When layered, liquid lipsticks thicken and sink into the fine lines and wrinkles on your lips. Probably not the look you're going for.
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