Red lippies have been trending for quite some time now. The color makes a person look confident, but not many dare to wear it. I, for instance, only managed to pull it off last year. Red is too bold a color and catching unnecessary attention is the last thing I want. It may not be obvious, but I’m quite the shy girl. Charot, minsan lang. Haha
Aside from the shade, matte lips are so in demand that many make-up store chains have released matte lipsticks. Matte lipsticks give a non-glossy finish, perfect for today’s season. Why you ask? Since the rainy (and windy) season has begun in the Philippines, it would be a tad bit impractical to wear a glossy lipstick when your hair is being constantly whisked. You wouldn’t want your hair sticking on your lips now would you? That’s kinda gross.
But what if you do not have a matte lipstick and the mall is a galaxy away? Not to worry, as this post is all about getting a matte red lips finish DIY-style. All you need are:
1. your favorite red lipstick
2. a powder (loose or compact, it doesn’t matter);
3. a small brush; and
4. a single-ply tissue.
When you have all the items, apply your favorite lipstick; I’m using ELF’s royal red. Once finished, blot the lower and the upper lip using the single-ply tissue. Do not remove the tissue just yet.
Second, using your small brush, dab on powder. I’m using Blush’s flat brush and Majolica Majorca face powder.
Then, pat the brush with powder on the tissue, as shown. Trace lips as if you’re putting on a new layer of lip gloss and push the powder through the tissue.
Do the same procedure on the upper lip. Afterwards, remove the tissue. What’s great about this procedure is that you’re assured that your lips won’t get the cheese effect, which usually happens when you place powder directly on the lips.
You should get a result similar to this:
Glossy no more! Yay! As you can see, the color looked richer in matte and, erm, fresher? If in case there are gaps after removing the tissue, you can apply a bit of the lip color on the gaps; a lip liner is also a great alternative. This seldom happens, however, if you have previously applied a generous amount of lip color/stick prior to blotting.
So that’s it! Just dab a bit of blush on the cheeks, nose bridge, and chin to get a natural finish. Red lippies are already attention-grabbers, so make sure not to overdo your make-up. I would recommend some mascara and no eyeshadow. Simplicity is key.
I hope this tip helps. Remember that you don’t always have to purchase new stuff just to look good. ;P Ciao!