Matte lipstick formulas have long surpassed the trend status and become a staple alongside your standard mascaras and concealers. If you haven’t tried the bold, statement-making texture, then it is high time you do. Ignore the rumors—matte lipstick is not as intimidating as you would think. Here are some reasons to adore your perfect matte lipstick.
Depends on the formula: If you want a more understated version, start with a lip stain that promises the same texture but with a softer, almost sheer finish. If you’re feeling daring, go full throttle with a high-pigmented lipstick. Matte formulas have a bad rap for causing dryness, but that is not the hallmark of all matte lipsticks. Do some research before you purchase any product, check the ingredients label, and look for formulas infused with oils, butters, and emollients. Your best options are matte lip gels that are packed with kokum butter and murumuru butter to lock in moisture.
Application makes a difference: Prepping your lips is mandatory with these formulas. Always exfoliate before application to remove any flakes and ensure a clear, smooth canvas. If your lips tend to dry normally, dab just a touch of lip balm on before you apply your color. Apply too much balm and your lipstick may slide.
Because matte lipsticks do tend to have a drier consistency, you definitely want to be more accurate with application. Apply the matte lip and then finish with lip liner, following the lines of your lips perfectly so that the texture has a sharp, crisp contrast to dewy skin.
Amps up the rest of your makeup: you can get creative with mixing textures by choosing two of three parts of the face to have shimmer or illumination, and keep one matte. For example, try a sheer, shimmery eye shadow with illuminated cheeks and matte lips.
You can even DIY it: Perhaps the best thing about wearing matte shades on your lips is that you don’t have to buy a new lipstick. You can simply mattify your go-to shade with the right mix of blotting and powdering. Here is a simple how-to: apply lip liner all over the lip, then apply lip color over it, gently press off with tissue, reapply more lip color, and then blot a second time with a tissue. Finally, apply a third layer and your lips will hold a beautiful matte lip color for hours. Another trick: dab translucent powder or a matching blush for crazy vibrancy after applying lipstick.
The color lasts longer: Matte lipstick is serious business as it is more pigmented, longer-lasting, and oftentimes more impactful than a shinier formula. There is no better means by which to get a bold, “look at me” pop of color, but the downside is that mattes tend to be more drying than their creamier counterparts. With colors like raspberry and fuchsia becoming a huge makeup trend, matte is a good option to make the colors style appropriate.