When it comes to lipstick, if you name it, we’ve tried it. From matte and cream finishes to highly pigmented and sheer colors, the second we can get our hands on a new lip color, we instantly put it to the test. The only time we get a little bit stumped? When the lip colors we’re dying to try are just a bit over the top — blue lipstick, for instance, doesn’t exactly scream, “One color fits all!” That said, it turns out you can make any lipstick color work for you once you learn the secrets of layering different lipsticks together. As an added bonus, this can also mean you get double the impact of any color in your arsenal!
To get the real scoop on lipstick layering, we went to the professionals. MAC Cosmetics senior artist Regan Rabanal took us through the nitty-gritty of layering different lipsticks, explaining exactly which colors should be put together and why. Whether you’re trying to find your new signature color or you simply want to find a way to wear the season’s biggest trends (without looking too over-the-top), read on below to learn how to layer your lipstick like a pro!
“First off, any time you’re wearing lipstick, prep your lips with a primer,” Regan explains. “It’ll smooth out any wrinkles or fine lines in your lips and give you a smooth finish, especially if you’ll be layering lipsticks. When you’re combining different textures of lipstick, try your best to apply the matte formula first, because it will hold to your lips better than a creamy or glossy finish. Also, to keep your lipstick tube from getting messy with layering, apply the lipstick with a lip brush instead.”
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