How To Apply Liquid Lipstick Perfectly

No mess, no stress


From Kylie Lip Kits to ColourPop, there’s no denying our obsession with liquid lipsticks at the moment.

But while we love this matte, long-lasting and fast-drying formula, it’s pretty hard to work with, especially if you’re a beginner. Make a mistake and you’ll have to whip out a heavy duty makeup remover to scour the budge-proof lippie off; apply too much and you’ll look like you’ve just done the ‘100 coats of…’ challenge

There are many considerations to keep in mind, but that doesn’t mean you should swear off liquid lippies. All it takes to get a perfect, pigmented lip colour and shape is doing the right preparations and using the right tools.

Firstly, one thing you should always do before applying a liquid lipstick is exfoliate and moisturise your lips. This gets rid of all the dead skin that might cause your lippie to flake or look uneven during application. 

Try: Sara Happ Brown Sugar Lip Scrub, $35, and Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, $22.10.

Once you’re done prepping, tap on a little foundation or concealer — use the excess from the brush or applicator brush you used for foundation — so the colour of your lipstick will really show through. 

Now for the exciting part — application. Most, if not all, liquid lipsticks come with an applicator, but some of them might be a little too wide or thick to create that sharp, clean edge on your lips. Get yourself a small lip brush instead for a more even application and to really get into the corners of your lip.

Try: Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush, $15.

When working with a liquid lipstick, always line your lips first so you have a guideline to follow. You could go in with a lip pencil or just use your liquid lipstick. This way, you’re less likely to fumble and won’t have to clean up as much later on. All that’s left is to fill it in. 

For a detailed step-by-step guide to rocking liquid lipstick, here’s a really informative and useful video tutorial (we use this method ourselves!) by YouTube beauty guru Nikkie De Jager, a.k.a. NikkieTutorials.

Photo: @vladamua via Instagram

For more on Beauty, head here. Or check out This Simple Trick Will Darken Any Lippie or 7 Metallic Lippies You Need To Buy Now.

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