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Real talk: A perfectly painted pout can help tie your whole look together. And while lipstick seems like the pretty obvious choice to use to accentuate your pout—we’re here to shine the spotlight on liquid lipstick. The thing is, if you’ve ever played around with liquid lipstick, then you know that it can require a certain level of precision to create a look that has clean edges and a smooth finish. That being said, the work that goes into applying liquid lipstick is totally worth it. In general, they’re long-lasting and have a sophisticated matte finish. And matte makeup can look totally gorgeous in the summer, as they’re a nice contrast to the shimmery, sparkly, and glossy shades you’re used to wearing. Here, learn how to use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick, available in a variety of high-impact shades, this season for a seriously on-trend look.
Follow our instructions for applying and removing liquid lipstick like a pro this summer. Consider using a nude shade for a beautiful neutral look as the weather heats up.
Step 1: Exfoliate your lips. Before wearing a matte lip color—whether it’s a liquid lipstick or a traditional lipstick—it’s a good idea to start by exfoliating your lips, as matte colors can draw attention to dryness and flakiness. Use a lip scrub to help gently slough away dead skin cells from the surface of your lips as the first step in your liquid lipstick application routine. (Here’s how to take care of dry lips during the summertime.)
Step 2: Prime your pout. Once you’re done exfoliating, apply a layer of a lip primer to help create a smooth canvas for your liquid lipstick. If you don’t have a liquid lipstick, that’s OK—just dab on a little bit of foundation or concealer.
Step 3: Start your look with lip liner. The next step in ensuring your liquid lipstick look stays in place is to trace your pucker with a lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner. You can even take it a step further and fully fill your lips in with the lip liner. Another tip: Slightly overline your lips to help fake the illusion of a fuller pout.
Step 4: Apply liquid lipstick. It’s finally time for the main event! Since summer is the time of year to embrace effortless beauty and no-makeup makeup, reach for one of the nude liquid lipstick shades in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick collection. Start at your cupid’s bow and work your way out to the corner of your lips. You’re now ready to go!
Step 5: Finish your makeup. When you wear liquid lipstick, let your lips be the star of the show. Keep the rest of your makeup simple with a hint of foundation (such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation), a coat of mascara (such as the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara), and a thin line of black eyeliner (such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party). So simple, so gorgeous!
Step 5: Remove with care. At the end of the day, take off your liquid lipstick with a no-rinse cleansing option, like micellar water, which is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oils, and makeup up and away from the skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof for All Skin Types and wipe the pad across your face, closed eyes, and lips. You can also try a bi-phase oil cleanser to remove liquid lipstick.
Want more liquid lipstick inspiration? Here’s our complete guide to applying liquid lipstick like a pro.