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Makeup · June 23, 2015

All Your Liquid Lipstick Problems, Solved

I'm having trouble staying within the lines when applying it.

To make creating a precise line around your lips easier, start by tracing the wand around the edges of your bottom lip. Press your lips together to distribute the color, then fill in your top lip. Still notice some imperfections? Trace around the outer edges of your lips with a creamy concealer (we love rms beautys un cover-up), using a brush for precision, or try a highlighting concealer pencil like Chellas easy to use version. Watch this tutorial to see how it's done:

Im not sure I can pull off such a bright color!

Dont judge a color by the way it looks in the tube try it on! You might be surprised by how much you love a bombshell red like Beso (and hey, it makes your teeth look whiter). A bright coral like Venezia is flattering on any skin tone, while a hot pink like Bella gives your look an instant, on-trend upgrade. The key is harmonizing the rest of your makeup: Choose a blush in the same color family, and keep your eye makeup neutral think pale, shimmery shadow or a flick of black liner. If you really want to tone it down, try wearing the color as a stain: Prep your lips with balm, then use your fingertip to pat on a small amount of the pigment. The effect is subtle and lasts for hours.

Im not used to a matte finish on my lipsit feels dry.

The velvety finish of a liquid lipstick does take a little getting used to, but the upside is that once the pigment sets, it wont transfer onto your turkey avocado wrap or your front teeth. Stilas formula even has vitamin E and avocado oil to keep lips hydrated. If you feel like your mouth could use some added moisture, prep the area by exfoliating with a toothbrush and applying a nourishing balm like Caudalie Lip Conditioner before layering on your lip color. You can also top off your lips with balm throughout the daythe color wont budge.

OK, now I need to get it off!

With a formula as bulletproof as stilas, your usual cleansing wipes may not get the job done. Instead of scrubbing your lips at the end of the day, cover them with a generous glob of Vaseline or all-natural Egyptian Magic, which will help loosen up the color. After a few moments, gently wipe off the balm with a tissue or washcloth, making sure not to smear the color on your skin. Use a cotton pad soaked in a non-greasy makeup removing waterwe love Avenes micellar cleanserto clean up any remaining color.


Wendy Rodewald-Sulz

Recovering gel manicure addict, amateur Spotify DJ, expert roller skater.