It’s that time again: you are totally ready to get your drink, dance, and karaoke on. You can’t wait to have fun fading into the night and just live in the moment. Your first step is choosing what to wear and how you want to do your makeup. The rest of your night depends on these fateful choices we make, and the first thought that comes to mind for everyone who loves their lipstick is: how am I going to avoid looking like the Joker by the end of the night? What is the best matte lipstick for me?
Taking Care of Your Skin
Remember that your lips are skin too. All the gentle exfoliation and moisturizing work you put into the rest of your skin attempting to make it smooth as a baby’s butt needs to go into your lips as well. Matte lipsticks go on smooth and dry, so this step is especially important. You don’t want any peeling or cracking that’ll ruin that smooth, perfect finish.
There is a wide range of balms, conditioners, and moisturizers out there to keep your lips plump and soft. Exfoliating lip scrubs and even balms are available, but using a toothbrush or wet washcloth works just as fine.
Set and Protect
So you’ve moisturized and exfoliated your lips into a soft, pouty canvas you’ve painted that richly-pigmented matte lipstick onto. Now, as with any makeup routine, you must set them and protect them. The translucent powder works best, as you can use it with any color.
Aim for Straws
Constantly taking drinks from a bottle, glass or can is a disaster for your matte lipstick. The friction of your liquid drink and its container progressively rubs, smudges, and fades the lipstick by the end of the night. Matte lipsticks are known for long wear, but they are not perfect.
If you’re out hitting up the bars or clubs, it won’t be hard to find straws that you can sip through to avoid this. planning on going to a house party? bring your own in a little baggy. If you’re avoiding non-reusable plastic you can find reusable metal straws online and carry them around in a cloth baggy.
Consider What You Plan On Eating
after hours of fun and catching up with friends you’ll probably get hungry at some point in the night. opt for finger foods like chicken strips, waffle fries, or broccoli bites. Other good options are foods that you can cut up into bite sizes. Yes, they are classic “night out” foods but try to avoid burgers and saucy wings or pasta. Lastly, remember to lightly dab your napkin if you have to. DO NOT RUB!
Keep these tips in mind and you will be armed with the knowledge that you need to keep your lips selfie-friendly. Sometimes it is unavoidable that you encounter a smudging or wiping on accident, so keep your lipstick and makeup remover on hand for touch-ups or removal if you’re really having a good time. Remember that your enjoyment of the evening is most important.