Liquid lipstick isn't anything new, and after blowing up in the online beauty blogosphere a few years ago, it's clear that it's here to stay. The thing is, some of us are still a little hesitant to give it a try. Just like liquid eyeliner, the thought of applying lipstick with a brush or wand rather than the traditional applicator can seem a little daunting.
With that in mind, there are tons of reasons to choose liquid lipstick from one of the leading vegan makeup brands — most notably its staying power. You can also seek out one with a sophisticated matte finish that fits in for a variety of occasions. So, to help you take the plunge, here are a few tips to mastering liquid lipstick.
Achieving the perfect matte lip look starts with prepping your lips for the product. First, you want to make sure that your lips are soft, moisturized, and hydrated. Especially if your liquid lipstick of choice has a matte finish, the last thing you want is to apply it to dry, chapped lips.
You can use a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips beforehand to get rid of any flakes or dry patches. Many also recommend using a lip balm before the lipstick to help hydrate your lips—but make sure that it has time to absorb before moving onto the lipstick. If you choose a vegan liquid lipstick with a proprietary blend, such as Thrive Causemetics’ Matte Legacy Liquid Lipstick™, the formula’s quality oils will hydrate and prime your lips so you might not need to do as much prep work.
Resist the Rub
With traditional lipstick, rubbing your lips together after applying it is the go-to step to evenly distribute the product. When it comes to liquid lipstick however, you want to resist that urge for the time it takes for the formula to dry. Rubbing your lips together when using liquid lipstick can make it smear, and the results may look patchy.
Think of liquid lipstick like a paint. Once you paint it on, it’s pretty much set where it is. This is one of the biggest benefits of using liquid lipstick. Focus on applying one smooth layer, and if you use a lip liner beforehand, filling in the gaps is relatively simple. If you must blend, use your fingertip to lightly move the product while it’s still wet.
Keep It Simple
Layering multiple paraben free makeup products for other looks is typically fine, but with a liquid lipstick, you want to keep it simple and light. You also want to avoid using any lip balm on top of the lipstick because the oils can actually break down the lipstick’s formula, so it's essential to choose a liquid lipstick with hydrating ingredients so you can fight the temptation.
While applying liquid lipstick might seem daunting at first, with the right prep work and application tips, it can be one of your go-to looks.
About Thrive Causemetics
Thrive Causemetics creates high-quality, cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics at the Thrive Lab in Los Angeles. Through their Beauty with a Purpose™ mission, for every product purchased, they donate to help a woman thrive. Thrive Causemetics offers a wide variety of empowering makeup and skincare essentials including their signature CC cream that works like an upgraded face moisturizer with SPF along with liquid eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, and much more. All of their products are sulfate and paraben-free so you can feel good about how your makeup looks.