How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick

Do you love the matte trend, but have wondered many times how to prepare your lips for matte lipstick? I’ve been there. As I am preparing for my wedding, I keep trying different lipsticks. All of them are matte, most of them are liquid lipsticks. They look awesome and I love how long lasting they are. But they seriously dry out my lips! And applying matte lipstick to already dry lips – well, I am sure you know what that looks like. So I invented a little program to make sure my lipstick can look as good as possible.


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Step 1 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Gentle exfoliation

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Starting with a lip scrubAs a first step, I prepare a little DIY lip scrub to exfoliate my lips and make sure that all excess skin is removed. As we all know, lips are very sensitive. So not only do we want to peel, we also want to soften and nourish them at the same time. To achieve all of those goals, I use the following ingredients in my little lip scrub:

– Sea salt (for the peeling effect)

-Olive oil (for smoothing and nourishing the skin)

-Honey (for it’s moisturizing and healing properties)

You really need just a tiny little amount of everything. Just so you can imagine how little: I usually mix the ingredients together in a spoon. Afterwards just take little by little off the spoon and start rubbing it veeery gently on your lips. It doesn’t taste very good, so I recommend  keeping your mouth closed for the time being. Do this little massage for a bit and then simply leave the mixture on for a little longer, without massaging. (Make sure nothing will drip though!) Once you’ve had enough, you can simply wash everything off with some lukewarm water.

Step 2 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Creaming it Up

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Use some lip creamNow that the scrub is washed off, you can gently pat your lips dry and take the next step to prepare for you beloved matte lipstick. In order to keep the softness we just created and to get a “sleek surface” for the lipstick to go on, it’s time to put on some lip balm or cream.  That can be really any lip balm you have around. In my case, it most often a very simple solution: pure Shea butter*.  As you can see in the picture, I really slather it on. Don’t worry, it will not make the lipstick bleed. We will take care of that in the next step. For now, really give your lips some lovin’!

Step 3 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Less is more

Okay, if you followed the steps so far, your lips should be kinda greasy by now. This means it’s time to find the balance between two things. Goal number one is to “oil up” our lips to protect them from drying out and creating a sleek base for our lipstick. And goal number two is to still be able to put on our matte lipstick without it bleeding. So grab that cotton pad and dab off all that excess lip cream or lip balm that has not been absorbed by your skin by now.

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Gently dab off excess care productsAfterwards your lips should still be very soft, well moisturized and slightly shiny, but definitely not feel greasy anymore. And now you can get started! Whip out that lip liner and your favorite matte lipstick and enjoy the perfect lip look – no more dryness!

I hope you enjoy trying out my little program. Do you have other tips on how to prepare your lips for matte lipstick? Let me know in the comments!

You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick! You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick! You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick!

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12 thoughts on “How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick”

  1. Very awesome will definitely use for my wedding….which matte lip and lipliner are you using? Still looking for a good one for the wedding day!

    1. At the moment my favorite is the Manhattan Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in 310 Central Pink. I use it together with some no-name lipliner I had around and it fits the matte color perfectly.

  2. I usually don’t wear a ton of lipstick, one of the reason’s being I find it dries my lips out and it looks terrible when my lips are all rough. These are great tips, I will be trying them for sure and maybe I might be sporting my lipstick more often.

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