1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Before applying any matte lipstick, start with well-scrubbed and thoroughly exfoliated lips, so you have the smoothest canvas to work on. Using your fingers, apply a pea-sized amount of a grainy lip scrub in small circles, buffing off dry patches and roughness.
2. Choose Your Chappy Wisely
When lips are well-moisturized, lipstick glides on more easily and wears longer—just two of many reasons why it’s a good idea to always carry a lip conditioner and use it liberally, whether you’re wearing makeup or not.
3. Tint, Stain, Pencil, or Stick?
Light shades like nudes and dusky pinks can be applied using the pencil, but for dark reds and plums, get a sharper line by using a lip brush.
If lips feel dried-out or uncomfortable after a few hours, apply a dab of your creamy lip conditioner to the center of your lips and rub together. The added moisture will plump up lips without adding shine or sheen.