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How To Prep Your Lips For Matte Lipstick

How To Prep Your Lips For Matte Lipstick

Matte lipstick has been a major beauty trend and while I know some people aren’t too crazy about the idea, there is no denying how popular the finish is; especially this time of year. I personally love matte lipsticks and actually tend to prefer them over other finishes. I love how pigmented and long lasting they are. They can be drying though, which is why people don’t always love them. I completely understand, but there are definitely some tips you can use to avoid drying out your lips!

If you love the idea of matte lipstick but avoid them so you won’t dry out your lips, it’s all in the prep. You can totally rock a matte finish without completely drying out your lips. Here is how to prep your lips for matte lipstick:


Before you start your makeup routine, exfoliate your lips. This will help slough off dead skin cells and create a smooth case to apply your lipstick on. My two favourites are both from Tarte. First is the Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant*. This minty exfoliator is formulated with moisturizing maracuja oil, shea butter, and exfoliating sugar. It works to hydrate, firm, and protect your lips from any future drying, chapping, or cracking! The second option is their Lip Facial Scrub*. This one comes in a retractable crayon which eliminates the mess that comes with traditional pot packaging. This one exfoliates while treating dry, cracked lips and provides instant hydration!


Then, you’ll want to apply a balm before applying your makeup. By the time you’re ready to apply your lipstick, the balm will have already gone to work and given your lips another source of hydration. I really like the Vichy Ideal Body Replumping Lip Balm*. The formula contains shea butter and macadamia oil to nourish the lips as well as beeswax to soothe and replenish damaged tissue. It’s comfortable to wear and not at all greasy!

Applying Your Lipstick

When applying your matte lipstick, blot after your first application and then apply a second coat. This will ensure you get full coverage out of the pigmentation and your lipstick will last longer. I find blotting in between helps the lipstick layer better and doesn’t make it look or feel caked on!


Do you have any tips on how to prep your lips for matte lipstick?