Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage it seems this past year. I myself love them, but I switch it up for different formulas (solid, glossy, metallic, every kind of lipstick is my kind of lipstick!) quite often. Typically liquid lipsticks are a great go-to for bold looks, and have the benefit of being long lasting. But sometimes, they might seem like more effort than ease! I put together this guide to liquid lipsticks for those of you who want to try them out, with some recommendations, tips & tricks.
For a flawless application of liquid lips, you’re going to want to take a couple steps. This will help the longevity of your lipstick and avoid the dreaded “butthole” lip (“When a girl wears matte lipstick or liquid lipstick and it looks crinkly or you can see all the little crevices mimicking the appearance of a butthole ” – Urban Dictionary)
- Exfoliate and prime your lips. You can use a toothbrush with some chapstick, or if you’re fancy like me stick to a sugar scrub (like the Lush Bubblegum one I talk about in this post). Then apply a thin layer of some moisturizing lip balm, but not too much because you don’t want it to mess up the base for your color.
- Line those puppies up. You can use a clear liner or a color matching your chosen liquid lippie. You can also use a nude that is the color of your natural lips if you prefer! I have a video on over-lining lips on my instagram.
- Use a lip brush or the applicator that comes with the lipstick, and start by outlining your cupids bow and working down and outward on each side of your top lip, then filling in your bottom lip with one or two large swipes. Less product or layers is better for most formulas, because it stops chipping and makes the color even across your lips.
- Clean up edges if necessary using a concealer the same color as your skin and an angled brush.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick $20 pictured in Lolita (original, chestnut warm rosy-plum; left) and Requiem (soft muted light lilac; on plate)
NYX Lip Lingerie $6.99 pictured in Bedtime Flirt (mauve/red toned pink)
Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick $4.99 pictured in Nudist Peach (left; warm peachy nude) and Pink Really Hard (right bottom; bright baby pink)
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain $14 pictured in #33 Pink Peony (dusty pink beige) and #37 Pink Frosting (deep cool-toned rose)
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip $6 pictured in Zebra (metallic rose bronze) and Lumiere 2 (deep dusty mauve)
L to R: Lumiere, Lolita, Pink Really Hard, Nudist Peach, Zebra, Lumiere 2, Pink Peony, Pink Frosting
Keep in mind every formula is going to be different depending on the brand, and sometimes even the color within same styles of product. It’s going to be trial and error for newbies, but fear not! Starting with a nude or understated neutral might be your best bet, but if you’re brave enough to dive right into a bold red or plum, go for it! (Have you seen the meme, “YES I HAVE OVER 100 NUDE LIPSTICKS BUT THEY’RE ALL DIFFERENT, OKAY?!)
Kylie Lip Kits are typically on the thicker, cream/whipped feeling side. They have a super strong vanilla scent, which I hate, but they last a pretty decent amount of time and are nice pigment. The metallic ones do transfer and bleed though, FYI.
Sephora Cream Lip Stains have the best formula and longevity, in my opinion, especially for the cost. The smell is a more muted vanilla-y type, and they glide on like a semi-thick paint that truly only takes one coat.
The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are second best to the Sephora ones, with an extremely similar formula and long-lasting pigment. They do tend to chip a little on my inner lip, sooner than I’d like, but it’s easy to touch this one up. They are a little high in price point for my liking.
Colourpop or Wet n Wild are my recommendations for beginners, because they’re cheap AF and you can try a lot of colors without getting scared of dropping a ton on them.. The Wet n Wild ones are pretty decent, but I notice the formula does vary between shades. I would like to try some of the darker ones. This also occurs in the Colourpop lippies, but they’re super liquidy compared to the more creamy WnW. Both brands last at least 5 hours I’d say safely without touch up.
Again, if you prefer, you can use a brush to really get the product into your lips and the crevices. This Urban Decay brush came with my Vice Lip palette, but Real Techniques is a super affordable and high quality brush brand you can get virtually anywhere now (CVS, Target, grocery store, etc.) Do you have any tips or favorites for liquid lipsticks?