Liquid lipsticks are like the bronde of makeup, becoming more and more popular by the day. Here, everything you need to know about these pigments that pack a punch.
1. It contains the pigment of a lipstick, and the glide and sheen of a gloss. Liquid lipsticks leave behind that candy apple-like coating—minus the stick—on your lips, but you can blot them with a tissue to make them appear more matte, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams says.
2. You only need one coat. Liquid lipsticks are the lip equivalent to makeup's one-coat wonders, meaning you can achieve the opaque pigment you want with one swipe. That said, if you want to make the color more dramatic, go ahead and apply coats two and three.
3. Its formula is buildable. Liquid lipsticks are meant to be opaque, but you can make it look more like a stain if you blot the color with a tissue. "If I want my clients to have a lighter finish that's not too thick, I have them blot after I apply one coat of the color," McAdams says. That way it leaves a hint of color that will stay all day or night long, yet still have the tiniest bit of shine to it. But, if you want it to be more intense, simply add on another layer.
4. It's meant to stay on for hours and hours, so it can be drying. To keep your pout from becoming dehydrated, Anastasia Soare, creator of Anastasia Beverly Hills, recommends prepping your lips with a tiny bit of wax-based lip balm to keep them moist.
5. For precise application, apply it to your bottom lip first, then tend to your top lip. Since these formulas are pretty pigmented, McAdams suggests applying the color to the bottom lip first, pressing your lips together, and then filling in your Cupid's bow carefully with a lip brush or the product's applicator. If you need to perfect your Cupid's bow, use a lip liner that matches the liquid lipstick exactly.
6. This type of formula is great for making out because the lip color won't transfer onto your partner's lips. Whether it's your first date or your wedding day, and you want to go a little bolder with your lip color, liquid lipsticks are the way to go. They're meant to be long-wearing, so the color will not only not transfer onto your cocktail glass, it won't kiss off on your man's lips either.
7. Liquid Lipsticks also won't slide down your face when temperatures rise. So many lip products will melt down your face when the weather heats up, but these formulas stay put, thanks to the long-wearing polymers they contain.
8. Once liquid lipstick is on, it's on. Since these formulas are designed to stay all day, once you apply them, you only have a little time to erase any mistakes, or else the removal proves to be a bit more challenging. If you color outside of your lip lines, McAdams suggests dipping a precision tip cotton swab into a cold cream, like Pond's, which will help lift the formula off your skin easily.
9. However, if you use one that you set with a gloss, it might feather. To prevent this from happening, apply foundation along the edges of your lips when you apply it to your entire face. This will help give the lip color something to anchor to. Then, if it does begin to bleed, use a precision cotton swab to clean up any smudges and use a brush concealer, along the perimeter of your mouth to make it perfect-looking again.
10. They're hard to get off for a reason — because they're supposed to stay on until your day (or night) is over. To remove the formula easily, use a textured wipe (like these ones), which will help get the color out of the cracks and crevices of your lips, exfoliating your pout at the same time for a smoother finish.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.