7 Matte Lipsticks You Need in Your Makeup Bag, STAT

January 05, 2021
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Matte Lipsticks That Belong In Your Makeup Bag

We never get tired of matte lipstick — give us all the transfer-proof, budge-proof and smudge-resistant formulas, especially now that we’re often wearing protective face masks

It can be tricky to achieve a precise, comfortable application with matte lipstick, though, so we asked Gabriel Almodovar, Maybelline New York global makeup artist, to share his best matte lipstick tips. Once you’re ready to apply, read on for our favorite matte lipsticks to try in 2021. 

How to Prep Your Lips for Matte Lipstick

“Since mattes don't bounce light like creamy or glossy finishes do, you need to make sure that your lips are perfectly smooth underneath and properly hydrated before your application,” says Almodovar. Dry, flaky lip skin will be more obvious with a matte formula, he explains, so it’s important to follow these easy steps before application:

STEP 1: Exfoliate

To get lips smooth fast, use a wet washcloth, a soft toothbrush or a lip scrub to gently buff away flaky bits in circular motions.

STEP 2: Hydrate

Apply a nourishing lip balm and let it soak in before you put on your color. Almodovar suggests moving on to the rest of your makeup before applying your lipstick. This gives the balm time to fully absorb and hydrate your lips.

How to Apply Matte Lipstick

Unlike a gloss or a high-shine balm, a matte isn’t the type of lipstick you can just slap on quickly. You have to put some thought into it, says Almodovar. He likes to apply it with a lip brush (try the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Lip Brush). “A brush allows you to be more precise with the application, and it also helps smooth on the lip product more evenly,” he says. Once you’ve applied your lip color, use a matching lip liner to trace the border of your lips, creating a more precise shape.

Makeup to Pair With Matte Lipstick

A face full of matte makeup can make your skin look flat, dry, and dull. When wearing matte lips, pump up the sheen on other parts of your skin. Go with sheer, dewy foundation, creamy blush and a hint of shimmer on your lids. If you’re going with a bold lip color, balance it out with well-defined brows and dark, thick lashes.


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