Anyone who has ever worn matte lipstick even once will know that it’s a real challenge to remove it at the end of the night.
Sure, it’s great that your lipstick stays on all night, no matter how many drinks you have, but it’s not ideal when it comes to taking it off. Harsh scrubbing can cause sore lips, and create chapping which causes you to pull off random pieces of skin for days afterwards.
Beauty comes at a cost, but not one this high!
Despite that, there are a few ways to safely remove matte lipstick, that won’t cause damage to your lips and will allow you to continue enjoying the latest matte addition to your makeup collection.
Vaseline and Wait
The first option is probably the easiest, as most people have a pot of Vaseline handy. simply add a little Vaseline to your lips and wait for a few minutes, to allow it to soak in. This will moisturise your lips whilst you’re waiting, preventing those cracks and peels, and when your time is up, simply take a warm cloth and use small, circular motions to remove the lipstick. It might take a few tries, but provided you don’t scrub, it shouldn’t harm your lips.
Make Use of Micellar Water
The latest kid on the skincare block can also get rid of your matte lipstick at the end of the night! Micellar water is ideal for this purpose because despite it’s power, it’s very gentle on skin. The hydrating properties of the water will ensure you don’t end up with chapping, whilst the cleansing power will remove the colour.
Simply add a little of the product to a cotton wool pad and use small, circular motions to remove the lipstick. Don’t rub! Again, it might take a few attempts but it will remove the colour without hurting your lips.
If all else fails and you seem to have found the world’s most stubborn matte lipstick, you could try making a DIY exfoliant to remove the product. Remember, any type of exfoliating is going to remove dead skin cells and on the sensitive skin of your lips, you need to proceed with caution. Try mixing honey and brown sugar in equal parts to create a paste and then apply to your lips. Leave the mixture on for no more than half a minute and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Avoid scrubbing – this isn’t your regular type of exfoliating treatment!
Whichever type of removal you try, remember to hydrate your lips afterwards with a lip balm. It’s also a good idea to switch up your lipstick between stubborn matte and glosses, so you don’t have to go through the same procedure every single night and you save your lips a little!