Liquid lipsticks are a refreshing and bright change from the regular stuff and have been welcomed with open arms. Not all superheroes wear capes and liquid lipstick are no less! The rich colour they deliver with intense matte finish while lasting for a long, long time makes liquid lipsticks true superheroes for makeup lovers.
While we are all scrambling to get our fill of liquid lipsticks, these beauties aren’t fool proof. There are some rules you need to follow if you are jumping or have already jumped into the liquid lipstick bandwagon.
Here are some do’s and don’ts you need to take care of if you want your lipstick to last all day without smudging.
Don’t apply to dry, chapped lips
Dry lips and lipsticks don’t go well together generally but liquid lipstick on dry lips can be disastrous. The liquid formula, after drying can emphasise the cracks and flaky skin and settle into lines making the lips looks unsightly. Not to mention it feels highly uncomfortable.
Always prep your lips before you reach out for that liquid lipsticks. Make sure you exfoliate your lips to get them rid of loose skin. This will create a smooth surface for your liquid lipstick to glide upon. Use a lip scrub like the Scrubilicious Lip Scrub that is a fuss-free way to keep your lips smooth, soft and plump while removing all the extra skin.
Don’t skip the prep and primer
In order to make the most of your liquid lipstick, prepping the lips is important. Do not forgo moisturising the lips after exfoliation followed by priming them with a primer. While moisturising with a lip balm keep the lips moist and soft, priming smoothens the skin for better makeup application.
Apply lip balm and wait for 3-4 minutes before the next step. Once your lips absorb the balm, blot away extra product with a blotting sheet. Next, apply lip primer and again wait for 2 minutes before layering your lips with liquid lipstick. This will increase the staying power of the product.
Don’t forget to line your lips
Not lining the lips is one of the top reasons that your lipstick bleeds, be it liquid, creamy or matte. Lip liner provides your lipstick with a boundary that prevents it from spilling beyond.
Line your lips with the right lip liner before applying liquid lipstick. Not only will it prevent your lipstick from bleeding but will also give a better definition to the lips. If ou do not have matching lip liners, using nude, neutral or skin coloured lip liner will do the trick.
Don’t apply thick coat
It might sound appealing but painting your lips with thick coats of liquid lipstick is not a great idea. It will take the lipstick forever to dry, encouraging smearing and bleeding all at once.
Apply your lipstick in multiple thin layers. Most of the liquid lipsticks are so pigmented that more than 2 coats are seldom required. Always wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second coat. You’ll get a better finish that way and it’ll reduce the lipstick drying time too.
Don’t be rough on the lips while removing
Liquid lipsticks tend to stick to your skin firmly and taking them off can be tricky. The lipstick might not come off in in one swipe, like your regular lipsticks, and you may be tempted to scrub your lips raw to get the stain out. Avoid this at all costs, you might end with sore lips.
Gently wipe away with an oil-based makeup remover or use natural oil like coconut, olive or almond oil. Do it twice or thrice if required but be gentle on your lips at any cost. Oils can easily break down the pigment, dissolving the colour and making it easy to remove. It will also keep your lips soft and supple.