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Matte lipsticks are very trendy right now, but there are many reasons as to why they may not work for everyone. For those of you who are mystified by this makeup trend, a few tricks may help to get you smiling again.
“Sometimes they can make your lips feel really dry and crusty,” says Olivia Ferrick, a sophomore at McDowell and makeup enthusiast. Lip scrubs will be your new best friend when wearing matte lipsticks. You can find a lip scrub at nearly any store that sells beauty products, or you can search the internet for one you can make at home. The sugar crystals within will exfoliate your lips and get all of that dead skin off of them, making them ready for your matte lipstick.
“I’d use Jeffree Star’s lip exfoliator. They’re really good, and they’re vegan,” said Nicole Khodzhayan, a sophomore at McDowell and frequent makeup wearer.
The key to wearing matte lipsticks is maintaining moisture in your lips. Exfoliation may remove unwanted dry skin on your lips, but it won’t necessarily help you maintain moisture for long unless you want to go about your daily life with sugar crystals on your lips. Khodzhayan said that she uses Smith’s Rosebud Salve, which you can find at Ulta, Sephora, or Walmart.
One advantage of matte lipsticks is their long lasting color, but sometimes they can stay on for a longer period of time than wanted. A great way to remove a matte lipstick or lipstick stain is to use coconut oil. Taking a small amount of coconut oil, which comes in a solid form but will melt if you touch it, and simply wiping it off will remove some of the toughest lipstick stains. Coconut oil will also help to moisturize your lips and keep them soft. You can find coconut oil at your local grocery store.
Sometimes you like a shade of a matte lipstick and you buy it, but when you wear it, it doesn’t look as good as you first thought it did. Ferrick recommends for anyone just starting to wear matte lipsticks to buy multiple shades. You could always blend shades until they work for you.
Be careful with very bold colors such as reds and purples because any mistakes you make while applying these colors are more easily noticed. To stay safe with those, use lip liner. If you can make a nice outline, it will aid in a more even and neat application.
Also, to prevent any lipstick from getting on your teeth, take your finger, your lipstick tube, or a tissue, and put it between your lips to get any excess lipstick off.
Just follow these simple tips and tricks, and you can create the perfect matte lip in a smack!

As featured in the February 2017 edition of The Trojan Voice

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