October 18, 2016 Kate Jackson Sabelhaus Looks

A New Take on the '90s Matte Lip

Praise hands: The ‘90s makeup revival is still going strong! Here we updated the '90s matte lip from our youth with a new palette of matte lipstick shades by NYX Professional Makeup. Continue reading for a new take on this modern classic. Brown, nude and brick red lipstick never looked so good ...


Woman wearing '90s matte lipstick shades


To create the perfect matte lip, we selected nine shades from the Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault by NYX Professional Makeup, and then we lined Eva’s lips with the new Suede Matte Lip Liner.


  • Transylvania—wear this deep violet hue to bring out your inner vamp.

  • Rome—the perfect ‘90s lipstick shade, a medium nude with red undertones.

  • Seoul—this soft, light violet creates a playful look.

  • Dubai—this medium cool brown will have you feeling nostalgic about the summer before senior year.

  • Cannes—channel Brigitte Bardot and the French Riviera with this soft, muted mauve shade.

  • Prague—create the appearance of wine-stained lips with this matte merlot hue.

  • Morocco—just like the ripe apricots found in a sweet tagine recipe, this lipstick offers the perfect hint of orange.

  • San Juan—for a brighter pop of peachy orange, opt for this shade instead.

  • Bangkok—purple is the color of royalty, and with this lippie, you’ll be ready to rule the world. Yaaaassss, Queen, yaasss!


For perfect lipstick application, follow our eight lipstick hacks to live by!


Or for a complete breakdown of how to create these lipstick looks at home, follow these four quick steps:


Step 1: Primer

Swipe on a lip primer.

Step 2: Lip Liner

Line your lips with a matte lip liner that matches your lipstick shade.

Step 3: Lipstick

Apply your matte lipstick. For better accuracy, work the color in with a lip brush.

Step 4: Concealer

Clean up the edges of the lip with a cotton swab and makeup remover. You can also apply a little concealer around the lips to get rid of any rogue color.



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Here our models Eva and Chanell are wearing Cannes and Bangkok.

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Which ‘90s matte lipstick shade is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


Makeup Artist: Diana Alba

Models: Eva Gross & Chanell Sykes

Photos: Jessica Schramm

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