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14 Jan

5 Steps to the Perfect Liquid Lipstick Application

Liquid Lipstick just works; it stays on the lips longer and it looks better on the lips… well, sometimes. If you have ever worn, liquid lipstick I’m sure at least once, you’ve either

A. Had it crumble off the lips or

B. Smear everywhere and look a mess by the end of the day 

…but what if I told you both of those things can be prevented with 5 simple steps ? Here are 5 easy ways to properly apply liquid lipstick that work… from experience.


The first step for liquid lipstick isn’t to just slap it on the lips and call it a day. The best thing you can do is start by exfoliating. Believe it or not, your lips can hold on to dead skin too. If you exfoliate it away, the liquid lipstick applies evenly and doesn’t try with the rough texture underneath. Take an exfoliator, you get to choose if store bought our DIY is more your forte, and gently rub the product in circles to remove the dead skin. GENTLY, was the key word used, since your lips are really sensitive and pulling and tugging to hard can leave your lips cracked, uncomfortable and even bleeding. All three of those options are not the look we’re going for, so be gentle.


Next up, moisturize. Liquid lipsticks in particular can be really drying depending on the formula and your skin type. The key to a successful liquid lipstick application is to moisturize your lips first. Once you apply the moisturizer of choice ( I love all of the options below), let it sit for a few minutes so that your lips get a chance to drink up the hydration.



Liquid lipstick tends to slip outside the lines and bleeds the worse out of all the formulas I’ve used. Combat this problem with a liner.

Line your lips with your favorite matching lip liner, starting at the cupid’s bow working your way around.

If you mess up, don’t worry see the last step.


Find your perfect shade, and apply. I suggest starting at the cupid’s bow and working your way around. Try to get as much product on the lips as you can in one swipe. If it’s necessary to add another layer, wait until the first layer dries; adding another layer on top of a wet layer of liquid lipstick is bound to end in a messy application that might even crumble off the lips.


Made a mess? It is okay, I do it all the time! Grab a flat brush and add some concealer and clean up the edges. Cleaning up the edges of your lips with concealer help give the appearance that you have the steadiest hand in the world, even if you don’t.

Applying liquid lipstick doesn’t have to be a headache; with the above tips and tricks, it will be a breeze.


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Ariana is a makeup enthusiast with a passion for creating smokey eyes and bold lips and exploring life through her camera lens.

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