There’s no doubt that this summer’s biggest beauty trend is matte lips. A velvety matte finish can make your pout look fuller and more defined, perfect for those of us that adore plump lips but don’t want to go down the cosmetic enhancement route. While there’s an abundance of lip cremes on the market that will transform your lips in an instant, the majority of textures can appear drying. Flaking or cracked looking lips are hardly a beauty trend you want to get on board with.
So, how can you keep your matte lipstick looking as incredible as its first application?
It’s all about the prep. Preparing your lips for a matte texture is the key to ensuring your pout stays luscious all day long.
Scrub, scrub, scrub
First, you need to exfoliate. Lip exfoliators have been around for a while, but it’s likely a surge in popularity is imminent. If you’re in the mood for purchasing a polishing scrub, then look no further than the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. The sweet scent of vanilla, orange and almond gently buffs away dry, rough flakes to reveal sensationally soft and smooth skin. For those who prefer a DIY option, a little honey and brown sugar makes the perfect exfoliating lip scrub. Secondly, you need moisture. Lip balms are everywhere on the beauty market, however, one of the best is the Nuxe Reve De Miel Nourishing Lip Balm – an intensive hydrating balm for soft and smooth lips. Alternatively, a great budget option is Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.
Prime for perfection
Once your lips are soft, smooth, and hydrated, it’s time for colour. For matte lip colour that’s long-lasting, NYX Lip Primer is your base superhero! Providing a uniform canvas for your lip colour, this primer prevents feathering and fading, as well as ensuring your lipstick lasts. For extra protection against smudging or bleeding, NYX Wonder Pencil is a welcomed addition. This nude coloured pencil, available in 3 shades, can be used to line lips, or for brightening eyes and concealing – a real multitasker!
Choose your brand
For your lip colour, different brands excel in matte territory. For a budget matte lip product, you can’t go wrong with the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams. With several new shades just released, there’s a shade for all in this line up. Lightweight, opaque and soft, for smooth application, these lip creams are the perfect choice for matte newbies. For higher end lip colours, try MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – saturated hues with a liquid suede finish or Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils for rich, creamy colour that’s non-drying.
Finally, after application, blot your lips with a tissue to remove any excess.
Which matte lipsticks are currently in your collection?