If you’re a matte loyalist, you’d probably know that there’s no such thing as having too many matte lipsticks.

Matte lippies have been ruling the beauty world and… our shelves too! After all, it’s the one product that can up your glam quotient in one single stroke. Since the matte lipstick trend is not going anywhere anytime soon, it’s only ideal to know how to prep your lips for the application of a matte formula, because honestly, it can do some serious damage to under-prepped lips. From drying out your pout to leaving it flaky and rough, not caring enough for your lips can turn out to be a real bummer in the long run.

With the festive season right upon us, you obviously don’t want to miss out on wearing your favourite lip colours to complement your beautiful traditional outfits. So, start your lip care routine this very moment, if you haven’t already. Here are the three most important steps to follow if you want healthy, luscious lips.

Exfoliate
 

Exfoliate

Just how exfoliating your skin regularly helps remove dead skin cells and gives you that healthy glow, scrubbing your lips sloughs off dead skin and exfoliates them, thereby making your lips look beautiful and plump.

Keep in mind that harsh environmental pollutants have an equally severe impact on the sensitive skin on your lips. Therefore, exfoliating is key or else the cracks, bumps and other flaws on your lips will be evident when you step out wearing a matte lipstick.

All you need to do is take a lip scrub and apply it all over your lips. Massage thoroughly for about five minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Nourish
 

Nourish

If you’ve been taking lip balms for granted, let us tell you that it is probably the biggest skin sin you’re committing. Lip balm is to the lips what primer is to the face. From preventing your lips from cracking and bleeding (especially in the winter months) to adding colour to your lips and even protecting them from sun damage, a lip balm is the Holy Grail of your vanity kit.

Lip balms provide your lips the nourishment they need in order to sport a heavy matte formula that needs to last all day without making your lips dry. We suggest you get your hands on the Lakme Lip Love – Pure Lip Care. Slathering this lip balm on your lips before applying a matte lipstick will not only provide 24 hour-moisturisation, but also leave your lips looking healthy and gorgeous.

Prime
 

Prime

If you don’t have a lip primer, then you can also use your concealer to prime your lips. Lip primer is like the foundation for your lips, it helps pamper your lips and keeps your lipstick on for longer.

All you need to do is take a lip primer or concealer and apply it all over your lips, including the corners, just how you would apply a lip balm or a lipstick. Covering your entire mouth with lip primer will give your lips a strong base to work on.

Now that your lips are all set, go and swipe on that matte lipstick ‘cause you have nothing to fear!

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