How to Keep Your Ultra-Matte Lips From Drying Out
When you’re doing a deep super-matte lip, you have to commit to the look. The colour needs to be even and saturated, the lines need to be clean, and the lips should still look like lips—not like a drawn-on cartoon version of lips. At least that’s how James Kaliardos, lead makeup artist for Nars Cosmetics at Rodarte A/W 16, sees it. Which is why he took extra care when applying Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£20) in Train Bleu on the models at today’s show.
His tip for statement-making lips? Always start with a light layer of foundation blended at the outer corners to make your lips pop. Kaliardos prefers to set them first rather than outlining the lips with concealer after applying the colour, because concealer can sometimes lighten the edges. Noted. But his tip that really impressed wasn’t about lip prep but rather the finishing touch. Scroll down to find out what it is!
Once the model’s look was complete, Kaliardos added just a touch of lip gloss to the center of the lips, right where the top and bottom lip meet. This simple addition prevents lips from looking Sahara desert–dry. The difference is subtle, but it helps the lips look fresh and more modern. Bonus: The lip gloss trick prevents your lips from sticking together. You know when a matte lipstick is so matte it looks like a layer of paint on your lips, and it feels almost like you're pulling your lips apart when you open your mouth? Not our favorite feeling either. A non-tacky lip gloss like Nars's Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (£20) or a lip balm right where your top and bottom lips meet saves you from that dreaded feeling. Genius.
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