The Easiest Way to Remove Long-Wearing Matte Liquid Lipstick

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too faced melted matte liquid lipsticks

Putting them on is fun! Taking them off is another story. These are the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks, by the way, which came out last fall.

My friend Marisol recently told me about this time when she was getting ready to go out, and she had just put on a super intense matte red liquid lipstick, but she didn’t realize until after she put it on that it didn’t really work with her eye makeup.

So she needed to take it off.


But it had already dried! — so it took her forever and a day of frantically rubbing at her lips with tissues to take that lipstick off, because, as you know, with matte liquid lipsticks, you practically need a chisel and Thor’s hammer to remove them.

After she told me this story, I was like, “Ya know, it doesn’t have to be that hard!” Basically, if you have an eye makeup remover that works for waterproof eye makeup (or long-wearing eye makeup), soak a Q-tip with it, and run that across your lips (obviously, don’t take shots of the stuff; it’s not for swallowing), it’ll remove that matte liquid lipstick (or any long-wearing lipstick) in a snap.


I do this all the time when I’m doing lip swatches of liquid lipsticks. It’s a quick way to remove them.

The waterproof eye makeup remover I’m using now is the one by Klorane. It’s their Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower, and it’s great. It’s $16 and comes in a blue bottle. I mostly use it for my eyes, obviously, and it takes off everything. It isn’t irritating either.

Plus, it also removes long-wearing lip products in a snappy-snap-snap. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Candice Petersen says:

    Thanks for sharing a great tip

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  2. kazari says:

    Baby wipes, man. Baby wipes for EVERYTHING, not just your baby’s butt. I use it to get off tough eye makeup, too.

  3. Fran says:

    Great tip! I like the dual-phase eye makeup remover by Simple. Other things that work: coconut oil, Vaseline, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream (it’s really more like a glycerin-based ointment).

  4. Shannon says:

    Nice! I use oil as a makeup remover… I wonder if that would work too? Probably. 🙂

  5. Micellar water works for me as well. Or oil.
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  6. Brigitta says:

    Sorry for the off topic question but I have to ask:

    How can I shaarpen mac pro longwear lip pencil? Do I need a sharpener or is it automatic?

  7. I figured everyone did this…! 🙂
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  8. Chris25 says:

    Ahhh, yes, I have used eye makeup remover on my lips! It works in a jiffy. I have also used lip scrubs and jojoba oil in the past.
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  9. Selina says:

    Coconut oil does the trick

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