I’ve made no secret of the fact that my favourite lipstick finish is matte. Long-lasting, a chic way to sport bolds and possibly the only lip product that holds up through all my pizza eating. They’ve come a long way since the thirsty formulas of back in the day that sucked lips into a moisture-free climate, but they still require some steps to ensure that you aren’t the owner of a prune-like pout. So I’ve compiled the ultimate guide to matte lips: the prep, the formulas that rock, the matte lip product that you’ve already got in your stash and the secret that turns any lippie into a matte affair.
Scrub ’em silly. Wait! Before you swipe on your favourite matte, you’ve got to prep. Now not every time you reach for it (ain’t nobody got time for that) but daily matte wearers are going to want to complete this fuss-free step around twice a week. It’s all about scrubbing to rid your base from any dry flaky gross bits (there’s no other way to put it). There are 3 options. You can go the gentle route; dipping a cotton bud in balm (hello Forest Essentials Luscious Lip Balm) and softly rolling over your lips or you could go as fast as possible at them with a clean toothbrush. Or there’s always the ‘DIY scrub’? Mix a little Olive Oil with Brown Sugar then massage on (and lick off). Follow all 3 ways with a balm. Leave to sink in. Now you’re ready…
The best of the mattes. You ready for some obvious choices here? My favourite, favourite matte option of all are the Nykaa So Matte Lipsticks. They are by far the easiest to apply, no liner required and they last hours. California Merlot, Cranberry Sangria and Hot Shot Coffee are all beauties. Another formula that refuses to move is the Colorbar Velvet Matte & Lakme Enrich Matte; a little trickier to slick on but the colours are so ‘woah’ – I love them. If expensive lipsticks are more your thang than the L’oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipsticks have all the aforementioned qualities. I’m slowly working L’Oreal Arabian Nights into a tiny nub.
No purchase necessary. You’ve got a fistful of lip liners that you never use? Well, firstly you sound like me and secondly get them to work. There’s no such thing as a non-matte lip liner; it goes against their religion. So instead of just keeping to your natural line, next time colour your whole lip area in. Could matte lips get any more simple? My favourite is Colorbar’s Lip Liner in All Grace.
Blot and buff. If things are looking a little scarce on the matte-front in your lipstick bevy, then take your favourite shade coated onto your lips, give it a quick blot – reapply and repeat. Then lay the tissue over your lips and through the safety of this shield dust a little powder using a fluffy brush over the top. When you remove your layer you’ll find a newly matte look underneath. No matter how glossy your original formula, it’s nothing that a quick appearance of powder can’t fix.
….When things start getting dry. I’ve got a little tip for you. The thing with a good matte is that they stick to your lips like bloody glue, so a quick swipe of a balm to stop things getting too shriveled won’t do much harm. Apply a thin layer of balm (Forest Essentials’ Luscious Lip Balm works particularly well for this), bolt off the excess and reapply your colour of choice. Easy peasy.