Time to replace your lip glosses and high-shine lipstick with matte ones. This season, matte lips are the perfect way to add some pizzazz while still keeping the look sleek. And the good news is, as seen on the runway, you can rock almost any of your favourite colour, as long as it’s matte, it’s in vogue. Burberry Prorsum and Rochas, for instance, worked the classic scarlet, while Missoni, Giles, and Dries Van Noten kept the look fresh for Spring with corals and magentas.
Products to try: Guerlain Rouge G L’extrait Crème de Rouge Matte Colour, MAC Matte Lipstick, Make Up For Ever Rogue Artist Intense, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Sephora Maniac Mat Long Wearing Matt Lipstick.
Matte lips are surprisingly easy to wear, and can be easily incorporated into any girl’s look. Here are some handy tips:
1. Don’t be afraid to wear colours bolder or brighter than your usual shade. The matte finish offsets some of the shock value of wearing a bright colour. If you’re not comfortable with loud colours yet, pick a shade slightly brighter than what you normally wear. If you’re all ready to jump in, go ahead and emulate the runway’s fierceness!
2. Pick a colour that flatters your skintone. Warm skintones sizzle in corals, while cooler skintones will rock the magenta shades. Of course, the timeless fire-engine red is a neutral that works for almost everyone.
3. Matte finishes can exacerbate the appearance of dry, flaky lips, so use a lip scrub or balm to keep your lips smooth. A DIY lip scrub with brown sugar and a toothbrush works well too, so you don’t have to spend money to primp your pout.
4. Make full use of contrast! This season, matte lips were updated with glowy skin and very little makeup for a doll-like effect. If an all-over glow isn’t your thing, a wash of shimmer eyeshadow or blush would also do nicely. The trick is to avoid an entirely matte face, which can look flat and contour-less.
Jerlene lives a triple life as a caffeine-consuming zombie in the morning, a hardworking multi-faceted office employee in the day, and a passionate beauty writer at night. Since its inception in 2009, her beauty blog, Of Faces and Fingers, has been featured in various print and online publications, including Allure Korea and Fabulous Magazine. You can also find her on Twitter as @musicalhouses and on Facebook.