Lipstick will always rule the game, but lip tints certainly had their moment for most of 2017. Today, they’ve become everyday staples in our own makeup kits—and apparently, in yours, too! According to our data, lip tints are among the most popular buys among BeautyMNL customers. But regardless of how universally loved these tubes are, there’s one common issue everyone seems to experience: patchiness.

Sometimes it’s the formula, sometimes it’s just your lips. Either way, the solution is all in the prep! Below, we break down exactly how to ensure your lip tint never applies patchy. Featuring Skin Genie’s bestselling Lip & Cheek Stain, no less!

STEP 1: EXFOLIATE

WHAT YOU NEED: hot water and a facial towel. First, soak the facial towel in hot water. Wring out any excess. With the moist hot towel, press the cloth against your lips and hold it there for a minute. The heat will soften any chapped or dry skin for easier removal later on. Next, exfoliate away chapped skin by gently rubbing the towel against your lips. If needed, soak the towel in hot water again and wring out any excess. Continue until all dry skin has been buffed away. Blot off any excess water from your lips with a facial tissue, if needed.

STEP 2: MOISTURIZE AND SET

WHAT YOU NEED: lip balm (any stick or cream formula will do). Apply a generous amount lip balm all over your lips. Make sure to cover the inner rims, where chapping and flaking often occurs. Let the balm set for a few minutes. This will allow the moisture to sink in and soften any remaining dryness.

STEP 3: APPLY AND BLOT

WHAT YOU NEED: a lip tint (here we used the Skin Genie Lip & Cheek Stain Alive). First, blot off any excess balm by gently pressing a facial tissue against your lips. Swipe the tint all over your lips. To evenly distribute color, spread and gently dab the product with your fingertips. Lightly blot off any excess pigment.
Apply another layer of color until you achieve your desired look. Make sure to lightly blot in between applications. And done! Whether you’re going for a barely-there tint or dramatic color, this technique will leave your pout soft, hydrated, and the perfect canvas for any lip color.

The Skin Genie Lip and Cheek Stain Alive! is available on BeautyMNL for P80 only. Shop it right here!

Credits: Video and photos by Kat Austria.

Music: Dreams by Joakim Karud

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