Man, oh, man! Long-wearing matte liquid lipsticks look sooo good, but they can also be sooo drying.
I don’t know what I was thinking yesterday by swatching the 15 new MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours in friggin’ winter.
Well…almost winter, and even though it doesn’t get real-deal 30-below cold here, it’s still been cold for California (is that also ’cause of El Niño?), and the heater has been kicking on every five seconds, so I don’t know why I thought my lips would come out of this swatch-fest unscathed.
YOU SO CRAZY, KAREN!!! What the heck were you thinking? After removing the last of the swatches, my lips felt like I’d been tongue wrestling a cheese grater, and they’re still a little tender today.
That’s what I get for thinking that I could try on 15 matte liquid lipsticks…
BUT THEY WERE SO PRETTY!!! 🙂
The lesson here? This time of year, consider the condition of your lips before reaching for the long-wearing matte liquid lipstick because, by nature, they can be pretty drying, even though the MAC Retro Mattes are no more drying than usual (in fact, I think they’re slightly less drying than usual).
It won’t be an issue if your lips are in good shape, and you aren’t contending with dryness or flakes (and if that describes you, can I please have whatever you’re having?).
If you do decide to wear them because you crave that vintage ’40s screen siren glam, proper prep work beforehand can help. For instance, the night before, go buck wild by layering lots of lip balm before bed (I’ve been using and loving Nuxe Reve de Miel).
LIKE, SERIOUSLY, LAYER THAT SHIZZ LIKE YOU’RE MAKING A 10-LAYER CAKE, and just accept that your cat is probably going to crawl all over your face at 3 o’clock in the morning to deposit mountains of cat hair on your lips.
It’s cool, though, because your lips will be appropriately prepped.
But then do it again right before you go in with your matte liquid lipstick. I usually do it as one of my first steps right when I sit down to apply my makeup. That way, by the time I’m finished doing my eyes, foundation, brows and all that good stuff, the balm has had some time to work.
When it comes to matte liquid lipsticks, never give up! Never surrender!
Just prep. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. And here are some more tips for dealing with a parched winter pout.