Matte lipstick is the way to go. The product leaves the lip with a velvety finish that stops people in their tracks. From hot pinks to deep burgundies, matte lips are not the easiest of looks to pull off, but when you can, they look flawless. We’ve rounded up some of our best techniques so you can make the matte lipstick look work no matter what the season.
- Exfoliate the lips
The lips should be exfoliated before wearing matte lipstick; clean and smooth. Avoid wearing matte lipsticks on dry lips as they suck out moisture from the lips emphasising lines and rough areas which is never a good sight. Always exfoliate the lips. This can be done at home with Shea butter/honey mixed with sugar.
- Add moisture.
Next, apply a lightweight lip balm or moisturizing treatment to your lips. This helps fill in any cracks so your matte lipstick will go on smooth and more even. Afterwards wipe lips clean and apply the matte lipstick.
3. Finish up the rest of your makeup.
Matte lipstick should not be put right away! If you do, the finish will be too creamy. Instead, do the rest of your makeup to give your lips a chance to absorb the moisturizer you’ve just applied. Note: If you choose a bright color, stick to a simple makeup look for daytime.
- Use a lip liner to get a perfect finish
Because matte lipstick is often highly pigmented, it is difficult to get off and redo without irritating or staining your skin, so you want to get it right on you’re first try. Applying lip liner before using your matte lipstick ensures you have lines to “color in.” Afterwards neaten the lines along the lips with a concealer to make sure the area is tidy and the lipstick, ‘popping’.
- Apply the matte lipstick
Whether it’s straight from the tube or you’re using a lip brush, try to be a precise as possible.
- Blot lips on some tissue.
This removes any excess color or leftover shine. Blot off excess with a tissue- that way it stays dry and fresh!
And just like that, your matte lips are perfect!