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5 Mistakes You Could Be Making When Using Matte Lipstick

Sure, there are accessories like jewelry and clutches, but nothing quite makes an outfit like the perfect matte lipstick. While matte lipstick looks absolutely gorgeous on, how you apply it to your pout is really important. Keep reading to find out if you’re guilty of these five common matte lipstick mistakes—and learn tips for applying matte lipstick for a simply stunning look.

MISTAKE #1: YOU SKIP PRIMER

Primer isn’t just for foundation or eye makeup—it can also help to keep lipstick in place and create a smooth canvas for lipstick application. Don’t own a lip primer? No problem! You can use lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, over your entire lip as a base. Works like a charm!

MISTAKE #2: YOU THINK LIP LINER ISN’T NECESSARY

Speaking of lip liner, this product is a game-changer. Outlining your lips before applying lipstick can help to keep your color from seeping outside the lines. What’s more, if you plan on rocking a nude lip, a lip liner that’s a tad darker than your natural lip color can add serious dimension for the pillow-y pout of your dreams. Just make sure your liner isn’t too dark, though—you don’t want to walk around looking like a coloring book that’s yet to be filled in.

MISTAKE #3: YOU CHOOSE COLOR THAT MAKES YOUR LIPS LOOK SMALLER

Believe it or not, some colors make lips look bigger than others. What’s even more shocking is that dark lipstick can sometimes make lips appear thinner. So, unless your lips are as luscious as you want them to look sans lipstick, you might want to opt for a lighter shade that will give the appearance of a fuller pout.

MISTAKE #4: YOU START AT THE CORNERS INSTEAD OF THE CENTER OF YOUR LIPS

When you start at the corners of your lips, it’s more likely that you’ll veer outside the lines. To avoid this little dilemma, just start applying matte lipstick at the center of your lips—and take notice of how your perfect pout becomes more controlled.

MISTAKE #5: YOU FORGOT TO CHECK YOUR TEETH

Lipstick on your lips is cute. But when it’s on your teeth? Not so much. To ensure you won’t end up walking down the street with an oxblood-stained grin, be sure to stick a finger in your mouth and pull it out with your lips lightly closed around it.

MISTAKE #6: YOU LEAVE YOUR LIPSTICK AT HOME

If you put lipstick on in the morning, throw the tube in your purse before heading out for the day. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for a touch up just in case.

THE L’ORÉAL PARIS MATTE LIPSTICK YOU NEED TO TRY

Now that you know the tips and tricks to achieve gorgeous matte lips, it’s time to pick your formula. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip, available in 14 shades. Want something neutral? Pick up Nude Star. Love the classics? Paint on DIY Red. Care to get a little more daring? Reach for Navy Spy.