I do enjoy makeup but clearly not to the degree Dolly does! I like subtle makeup for the most part with the exception of lipstick. I could go years and never buy an eyeshadow. I could go six months and never a brush of shadow stroke my lid, but lipstick? I can hardly walk buy a display without taking a second or third glance. I avoid MAC unless I have a freebie with their recycling program because I know that I will not be able to just buy the one I went in for.
Lately matte lippies have been popping up everywhere and in every shade imaginable. I must say, they are beautiful and dramatic. They are also versatile but boy, they are not very user friendly. They are dry, they pull at your lips when you apply them and they sure make it hard to stay inside the lines. Jerry Seinfeld very bluntly once said…
” Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not the color, but to accept Gods final word on where your lips end..”
Although this is solid and straightforward advice (from someone who I am certain has little experience with the product) that doesn’t make it any easier. Below are some very simple steps that I have formulated over the past few years to help you stay within the lines and achieve the perfect matte lip.
Matte Lip 101..
- Dry lips crack and cause lipstick in general to cake. This is exceptionally true with matte lipstick. Most of the time it is the equivalent to putting an artists pastels on your lips..dry and chalky. To exfoliate and moisturize my lips, I skip expensive products and I reach for either a clean/ new mascara brush or a children’s toothbrush (both work and both are easily accessible at most drug stores/ beauty suppliers). Next I take my favourite lip balm, Carmex is my go to but Vaseline would work too and I slather some on my lips. I then rub the clean, dry brush back and forth across my lips. This exfoliates dead skin and helps lock a little of that moisture in! Moist lips will allow that bad boy to glide with ease across your lips instead of hitting them like a kid flipping over their handle bars and grinding to a halt. Easy enough right?
- I recommend a lip brush for step two. Lip liner would work as well but lets face it who wants to buy a coordinating liner for every lipstick, we are not millionaires here! Take a lip brush and with that apply lipstick to the edges of your lip, NOT extending past your natural lip line and ensuring to get into your cupids bow, maximizing the natural (and lovely) shape of your lips.
- Now you are ready to slide that lipstick over the rest of your lips, travelling over the line you already made but never extending past. Blot your kissers together and stand back and admire beautiful you! You can always add a little gloss to the centre of your lips to add dimension or to change the matte to a gloss. Mood dependant!
Lipstick Basics/ Suggestions
- New to lippies and feeling a little like a clown? Start with a color that is just a bit brighter than your own natural lip color. Modesty and Hot Gossip by MAC are my go to’s for a natural every day color. Your own color but brighter will be the most versatile lipstick you could possibly own.
- Red lips will go far…and farther and even farther. Classic and cool, you will look like a movie star even in your sweats and ready for the town with nothing else on your face. Warm complexions pick blue-reds, cool choose orange-reds but for the most part I suggest getting a professional to help you pick the perfect red that will serve you for years to come.
- Makeup brushes are an investment, but they don’t have to require re-mortgaging your home or selling or first born. Quo, the Shoppers brand has lovely brushes that go 40% off monthly. They are reasonable without the sale but it is worth holding out. Target has reasonable professional quality brushes as well!
- Don’t hop on every trend train you see. Just because a best friend of mine can pull off a deep, earthy, brown or a beautiful, punchy, orange lip doesn’t mean I can (I know I can’t!). Know your limitations and that what you like, you like for a reason.
- Don’t buy into new product lines that are limited edition. Limited edition means they will only be around for a few months and often they sell out before they have run their course. Those lipsticks will not be available again so don’t let yourself fall in love with one that will be gone. It’s just a tease. I personally won’t even try them on for that reason.
- Lip liners are wonderful if you have an important occasion…let us say your wedding day. They do prevent you from reapplying and really do give dark, dramatic colors staying power, but they are not a must. If you are using a liner, the best tip I was ever given was to line your lips and color them in with the liner….sounds crazy I know. Then apply your lipstick over the top. This will give your color mega staying power while preventing you from looking like Lil’Kim in the 90’s (you all know exactly what I am talking about!).
- Most of all have fun and feel beautiful because as Audrey Hepburn once said “Happy girls are the prettiest girls”.