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Make Best Use of Matte Lipsticks (4 Tricks and Tips)

by Sandy Taylor

Matte lipsticks are a popular option for most women. For people who are on a budget, it may be the only type of lipstick they have. Luckily, there are ways to get the most out of your matte lipsticks if you want to go for a different look once in a while.

In this post I will go over the ways that you can make your matte lipstick look glossier or creamier. I will also go over a trick to make your matte lipstick less sticky and a trick to make your matte lipstick last longer by preventing it from cracking.

How to Make Matte Lipstick Glossy

Adding gloss to your matte lipstick is very easy to do. Here are 2 ways to make your lipstick glossy:

  1. Use Clear Lip Gloss – Apply your matte lipstick like you normally would and then apply a layer of clear lip gloss on top for an instant glossy look.
  2. Use Vaseline –  If you don’t have a clear lip gloss, you can use vaseline. Simply apply your matte lipstick the way you normally would and then apply some vaseline on top. Vaseline isn’t as glossy as a lip gloss, but it does provide your matte lipstick with a bit of shine.   

How to Keep Matte Lipstick from Cracking

Matte lipsticks have a drying effect on your lips and if you’ve applied it on lips that are already cracked, chances are that the lipstick will crack as well after it dries. 

Here’s how to keep matte lipstick from cracking:

  1. Exfoliate your lips – Exfoliating your lips helps to remove dead skin and provide a smooth surface to apply your lipstick. You don’t always need to a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips. I’ve written a guide on the best ways to exfoliate your lips without scrub if you’re interested to find out more.  
  2. Use a Lip Primer – Applying lip primer on your lips helps to fill in small cracks. It also helps your lipstick stay in place
  3. Apply Lip Liner – Apply lip liner to help smooth out the edges of your lips. 
  4. Apply Matte Lipstick – Simply apply your lipstick on top of the lip primer and this will keep your lips looking perfect and crack-free all day.

If you find that your lipstick cracked during the day, don’t just apply another layer of lipstick on. This will make it even more cakey. Instead, wipe your lips clean with makeup remover and re-apply the lip primer, lip liner and matte lipstick again. This takes more time but the results or worth the effort. 

How to Make Matte Lipstick Creamy

You can quickly give your matte lipstick a creamy appearance by applying a creamy lip balm on top of the matte lipstick. Creamy lip balms don’t always come in a clear color. That’s because the ingredients used in these types of lip balms are not transparent in color to begin with.

Therefore, you will need to experiment a bit by trying out different types of creamy lip balms by mixing different types of lip balm with your matte lipstick (or vice versa). 

To make your matte lipstick creamy, simply apply your matte lipstick like you normally would and then apply a layer of creamy lip balm on top for an instant creamy look.

I recommend going at least 1 shade darker for your matte lipstick as creamy lip balms tend to lighten the shade a bit after mixing. For best results, look for lip balms with the following types of creamy ingredients: 

  • Beeswax – Creamy texture with antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Shea Butter – Contains vitamins A and E which help to soothe and moisturize lips. 
  • Cocoa Butter – Creamy emollient that helps to protect your lips by forming a barrier on top. It also contain vitamins A, C and E which are strong anti-aging antioxidants.
  • Kokum Butter – Helps to moisturize lips. It has a creamy texture that works to hydrate lips by locking in surface moisture. 

How to Make Matte Lipstick Not Sticky

Applying translucent powder on top of your matte lipstick is the best way to make it not sticky. The powder provides a dry barrier on top of your lips and this helps to prevent your lipstick from sticking on anything else. 

Here’s how to make your matte lipstick not sticky.

  1. Use a soft foundation brush and dab a small amount of translucent powder to the tip of the brush.
  2. Dab the powder on your lips, ensure that all areas are covered. 
  3. Add another layer of powder if required (optional)

A translucent powder works well here because it will blend in well with your matte lipstick. If you rather go a bit lighter, baby powder can also be used. 

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