But liquid lipstick, you are my favorite. My go-to product for when I need that boost of confidence. I recently decluttered a ton of my liquid lippies and made the grueling decision to keep only a few of them. I kept my four holy grail brands of lippies, I also upped my lip game by adding in two products I never thought were necessary for a good liquid lip.
Some of my friends asked me for a “how-to” guide on apply liquid lipsticks and I promised them I would oblige. So, let’s get into it, shall we?
Prep Them Lips
The truth is that most of us have dry, peeling, chapped lips all year round. Liquid lipsticks can be very drying on your lips so take the time to use a good lip scrub. I say it like that because one time I got a lip scrub in my Ipsy bag and it was TERRIBLE. It tasted terrible, it dried out my lips, and it made me feel bad about all the decisions in my life that led up to that moment. I rage threw it out, otherwise, I would tell you all which terrible lip scrub it was.
Because of that terrible product, I didn’t believe in lip scrubs until a few months ago when I finally caved and bought one. Up until that point, I was using the rough corner of a towel or a paper towel. (Don’t judge me!)
I bought the Strawberry Gum flavor from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. It’s amazing. Scrubs away all the dead skin cells while conditioning my lips and making them nice and soft for applying any lip product I want.
Technically, you don’t have to do this step, but I really believe in lip primers. Did you know that as we age, our lips age as well? That we get these teeny tiny little creases in our lips? I sure didn’t. I’m in my mid-30’s and if there is one thing that sends me into a rage it’s learning about what happens to our bodies as we age. Creased lips? Yep. Loose, crepey eyelids? Yep. Random hairs popping up all over my face that I don’t see until they’re like two inches long and pitch black? YEP.
But I digress. Lip primers help to condition your lips after exfoliating them, makes the liquid lipstick stick and glide better on your lips, and it helps to fill in those little creases we talked about. After applying a coat of primer, it’s time to move onto the next step.
It’s time for a lip liner. I love using the Soft Contouring Lip Liner by Essence, it’s a great long lasting product and has never let me down (oh and it’s $2.50!!).
Lip liners help to add the appearance of extra fullness to our lips, it extends the life of whatever lip product you put on your pout and it also helps to prevent your liquid lipstick from feathering and bleeding into those blasted creases and fine lips we talked about.
Start on the bottom lip, right in the center and draw a smooth lip all the way from the center to the corner of your lip. Repeat on the side of your bottom lip. Now, fill in your bottom lip a little bit with that liner (so, you know, use a similar color to that of your lippie), and that is how you help to extend the life of the lipstick.
After scrubbing, priming and lining, it’s finally time for the lipstick. Remember drawing those lines? Basically, you’re going to color inside the lines. Don’t go over the lines. After your done, try not to talk or make those ridiculous duck lips we all do in the mirror after perfecting our pouts. It will crease your lip product. Just wait until the lippie is finished drying and then duck-lip to your heart’s content.
If you want to be super extra, you can take a very very small amount of concealer on a small paddle brush and clean up any small oopsie’s you may have made by outlining your lips. If needed, blend your concealer outwards from your lips so everything looks seamless.
And BOOM! You’re done! It sounds like a lot, but with practice, it gets so easy and then you get the benefit of long-lasting lipstick without having to worry if you’ve eaten half of it off throughout lunch or left it on your coffee cup.
Can you tell how much I love matte liquid lipsticks?!