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When it comes to lip makeup, we all know and love our lip stains and lipsticks, but lip liner is often totally glossed over. Of course, that shouldn’t be the case. Lip liner deserves a place of pride in your makeup bag. Lip liner has quite a few uses: It can help prevent lipstick from feathering outside the lines, define the shape of your lips, ensure your lipstick stays put, and make applying lipstick easier. Too good to pass up on, right? Of course, just like lipstick, not all lip liners are the same. Lip liner can come in different colors and finishes—even matte. Matte lips are all the rage right now, and with good reason. The striking finish of matte makeup is perfect for creating a statement makeup look. Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know to use matte lip liner.
Ready to add a matte lip liner to your makeup routine? We’ve got one for you! The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner is a sharpenable lip pencil that has a silky texture, matte finish, and comfortable wear. Available in eight colors ranging from neutral to bold, there’s something for everyone. Select your favorite shade, then keep reading to learn exactly how to work it into your beauty routine.
Now that you which matte lip liner to use, follow these steps to creating a gorgeous matte lip look.
Step 1: Start with a clean canvas. Just as with any type of makeup application, it’s a good idea to start with a fresh face. Before whipping out your matte lip liner and other makeup products, you should cleanse your skin. Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof – All Skin Types, and sweep the pad across your face, eyes, and lips.
Step 2: Reach for a lip scrub. As gorgeous as matte lips can look, the flat finish of matte makeup can call attention to dry patches. When you’re planning to apply matte lip liner and matte lipstick, use a lip scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of your lips first.
Step 3: Smooth on a balm. After exfoliating, you should always follow with a moisturizer—whether you just exfoliated the skin on your body, face, or lips. Use a lip balm to nourish and your lips pre-lip liner and lipstick application.
Step 4: Prep with primer. There are primers for just about every part of your face, including your lips. Dab on a lip primer to help create a smooth base for your matte lip liner.
Step 5: Line your lips. It’s finally time for the main event. Take your matte lip liner in the color of choice and line around the edges of your lips (or color slightly outside the lines to fake the appearance of a plumper pout.) After lining, fill in your lips the rest of the way.
Step 6: Apply lipstick. What’s a lip look without lipstick? Layering lipstick and lip liner can make for a more intense makeup look. Choose a coordinating shade of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick and apply starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to outer edges, following the contour of your mouth. (Here’s How to Pair a Matte Lipstick with a Matte Lip Liner.)
Step 7: Use concealer to touch up. Don’t let minor makeup mistakes become a major mishap. If your lip liner or lipstick application has left something to be desired, you don’t have to start over from scratch. Go over any problem areas with the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer to cover up any makeup goofs.
Step 8: Add a bit of glow. Just because your lips look matte doesn’t meant the rest of your face has to follow suit. Your matte lips will really pop if you complete your makeup look with a touch of illuminating highlighter. Place a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in the center of your cupid’s bow and blend out for your finishing touch.
You’re officially an expert on matte lip liner, but what’s next? Check out 10 Lip Liner Hacks That Will Make Applying Lipstick Easier.