Why matte lipstick dries your lips — and what you can do about it ?

Lipstick is a staple in most makeup bags. Lipstick is the perfect product to complete a look and add a pop of color to a makeup look. Gloss can give you a beautiful, flirty look. But when you want a bold, colorful lip — especially in shades like plum or red, many women prefer a matte finish.

Despite many brands claiming their matte lipstick won’t dry out lips, many women still experience dryness with a matte lip product. You might find yourself checking every mirror possible to ensure you don’t have that a dry, patchy lip look that highlights every imperfection on your lips!

Luckily, there are ways to banish the drying elements of matte lipstick forever. But first, it is important to understand why matte lipstick dries out your lips…

It’s in the ingredients.

Matte lipstick is formulated differently from its glossy cousin. Every lipstick has certain key ingredients: wax, oil, and pigment. But the ratio of these ingredients are changed to determine whether a lipstick will be matte or glossy. A matte lipstick has more wax and pigment and less oil, which makes for a rich, opaque, product that is deeper in color and long-wearing. However, the loss of the added oils makes the overall texture of the lipstick drier and more likely to settle in the cracks and crevices of your lips.

So, how do get all the benefits of a highly pigmented matte lipstick without the drawbacks of dryness? Here are some tips:

Prepare your lips, Exfoliate.

Remember how we talked about matte lipstick’s tendency to settle into the cracks, crevices and imperfections on your lips? That’s because the lack of oil doesn’t give the product a cushion to sit on. So even mild dryness is highlighted by a matte lip color. Therefore, it’s important to prepare your lips and create a soft, smooth surface where no settling can occur.

It is easy to prepare an all-natural lip scrub with items found right in your pantry. Just mix some sugar with olive oil and honey and gently massage your lips with it for 1–3 minutes, then rinse it off completely. Your lips will feel soft and smooth and exfoliating will create a more even surface on your lips.

Add moisture

After you exfoliate your lips you’ll want to immediately replenish your pout with an effective moisturizer. You can moisturize your lips using your favorite lip balm or apply a natural oil like argan oil or coconut oil on your lips. However, avoid lip balms with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin which can actually dry out your lips. These ingredients pull moisture out of the skin creating even drier lips!

But don’t add too much moisture…

Here’s the thing, you want to add moisture to your lips, but you don’t want to add so much moisture that you compromise the matte lipstick look. The best way to maintain the supple, moisturized lip look you created exfoliating and moisturizing is to apply a lip primer before you add your color. As a bonus, the primer will also make the lip color bolder and more true to what you see in the tube.

Now your lips are perfectly prepped. The next step is applying color — but how do you maintain lip perfection throughout the day? Often times, matte lipstick can betray you even if you prepped your lips. Here’s what you can do to keep your pout perfect.

Use a lip liner

Apply a lip liner all over your lips before applying your matte lipstick. The liner will create yet another barrier on your lips so the lipstick can’t settle and lip liner will ensure that you lipstick can glide on easily. A lipliner will also prevent the matte lipstick from creeping and settling into any lines you have around your mouth. Finally, lip liner will help your lipstick last longer.

Matte takes maintenance

Unlike gloss that you can put on and forget about, matte lipstick requires a bit more supervision. Be sure to carry a compact with a mirror to check your lipstick throughout the day. You’ll want to touch it up after meals, drinking, or kissing. Also, if you notice your lips getting dry despite the prep work, add a tiny touch of your lip balm to your lipstick. Yes, it will make your matte lips a touch shiny, but it will ultimately make your look last longer.

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