Matte liquid lipstick is all the rage, and if you want to jump on this trend youíll need to know how to apply it properly. Luckily, it only takes a few simple steps to rock this look like a pro!

EditPrepping Your Lips

  1. Exfoliate your lips. Itís essential to start with smooth lips when you plan to wear a matte lipstick. You can buy a lip scrub, make your own, or simply use a washcloth or toothbrush to slough off dry or dead skin. Pat your lips dry with a towel when youíre done.[1]
    • For a homemade lip scrub, mix together of honey and 1 tablespoon (12.5 g) of brown sugar in a small bowl. You can also add 1 drop of vanilla extract for flavor and a nice scent. Use clean fingers to scrub the mixture over your lips. Rinse it away with warm water.[2]

  2. Apply a moisturizing balm. Matte liquid lipstick stays on all day, which means it can be drying. Moisturize your lips before applying the lipstick to ensure they stay soft and smooth. Choose a lip balm that isnít greasy or oily, such as 1 that is wax-based, and thinly coat your lips with it. You can blot your lips with a tissue after applying the balm, if desired.[3]
  3. Put on lip primer. A lip primer ensures your lipstick will stay in place and not bleed or melt during the day. Simply swipe your favorite lip primer over your lips, much as you did with the balm. It may become tacky after a minute or 2, which helps the liquid lipstick adhere to it.[4]
  4. Line your lips, then fill them in. Lip liner is used to define the shape of your lips. Choose a liner that is the same shade or slightly lighter than your lipstick.[5] Start at the center of your top lip, called the Cupidís bow, and outline each side. Then, outline your bottom lip and use the liner to completely fill in your lips.[6]
    • If you want an extra playful pout, you can make your lips ďoverdrawn,Ē which means making them look a little bigger by drawing the lip liner just outside your natural lip line. Be careful not to overdo it, though!

EditAdding Lipstick

  1. Use short strokes to apply 1 coat of liquid lipstick. Wipe excess lipstick off the applicator on the side of the tube opening or on a paper towel. Begin applying the lipstick at your Cupidís bow and work your way out toward the edges of your top lip. Then, move to your bottom lip and, again, work from the center out. Short strokes will help you achieve a more even color.[7]
    • Be careful to avoid getting any excess product on your skin, as it may stain.

  2. Avoid rubbing your lips together. Though it may be instinctive to rub your lips together to blend your lipstick, do your best to avoid the temptation. Matte liquid lipstick is similar to paint, so rubbing your lips together can lead to smeared, uneven color. You could use your finger tip to blend uneven areas, if desired, but itís best to just let the lipstick dry on its own.[8]
  3. Apply a second coat, if desired. Usually, 1 coat of matte liquid lipstick will be enough. If you think itís too transparent, though, you can add a second coat. Do this immediately after the first coat, or you risk messing up the drying process. Apply a second coat in the same manner as the first.[9]
  4. Blot your lips for an extra-matte finish. If you want a less opaque finish or love a super matte look, you can blot your lips immediately after applying the lipstick. Open your mouth and hold a tissue between your lips, then lightly press them together onto the tissue. Discard the tissue when youíre done.[10]
  5. Fix mistakes with cold cream or concealer. If you try to rub the lipstick off of the outside of your mouth, youíll end up with a smeared mess! Instead, dip a precision-tip cotton swab in cold cream and use it to clean off the mistakes.[11] Alternatively, dab a little concealer around your mouth and blend it in with your fingers or a clean makeup sponge.[12]


  • Apply a small dab of highlighter to the center of your bottom lip for an extra-glam look.[13]
  • If youíre having trouble creating clean lines with the included applicator, dip a new lip brush into the lipstick and use that instead.[14]
  • Use a textured makeup-removing wipe to get the lipstick off at the end of the night.[15]
  • Don't apply any lip balm on top of your liquid lipstick. It could cause the product to break down, smudge, and look splotchy.
  • If your color starts to fade, dab a bit of product on your fingertip and spot-treat the faded areas. You could also use a traditional lipstick of the same shade to touch-up.

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