How one can Apply Matte Lipstick Like a Whole Professional


Selena Gomez wears neutral matte lipstick and blended eyeshadow

If you happen to’re something like me, making use of lipstick feels prefer it must be the best step in a make-up routine, nevertheless it finally ends up being one in every of my largest struggles to realize a surprising, even pout. And in terms of matte lipstick, it will possibly usually really feel much more troublesome, as with out correct prep the end can present any and each crease, dry patch, and peeling spot in your lips.

This all goes to say that I’ve had a tough time making use of matte lipstick, however a greater expertise is feasible with the best methodology. We tapped 4 professional make-up artists to get the ins and outs of making use of a matte lip, together with find out how to put together the lips, how to verify the product goes on completely, and naturally, find out how to ensure you’re choosing the proper lip colour.


Forward, our consultants share precisely find out how to apply matte lipstick like a professional.

What Makes Matte Lipstick Distinctive?

To state the (semi) apparent, matte lipstick is… nicely, matte. Missing a glossed end, “matte lipsticks are often extremely pigmented and shine-free,” says make-up artist and creator Dakota Alexandra. “Matte lipsticks come in numerous formulation equivalent to liquid, pressed in a palette, or in a basic lipstick tube.”

Matte lipsticks don’t mirror gentle the way in which a satin or glossed end would, and because of this, they usually have a extra monotone, saturated, and uniform look on the lip. Make-up artist Alexa Persico notes, “All lipsticks have a mix of oil, wax, and pigmentation. A matte lipstick has much less oil and moisture than different lipstick sorts and won’t give off any ‘sheen’ on the lips like a satin or sheer would.”

Maintaining the lips hydrated is a crucial preparation step in case you’re reaching for a matte lipstick. “A sheer or satin lipstick could have a sheen and keep emollient,” notes superstar make-up artist Judi Gabbay, “whereas a matte lipstick would really feel drier on lips.”

And what makes matte totally different than a satin or sheer lip? Merely put, it is a mixture of all the above.

“Relating to a matte lipstick vs. a satin end lipstick, satin tends to be a little bit creamer then matte and has some shine added to the components,” make-up artist Jacqueline Fraioli explains. “Satin end lipstick just isn’t as drying as a matte components. Sheer lipstick has far more luster and shine, virtually giving a shiny wash of colour. Sheer lipstick would just about be the precise reverse of a matte lippie.”

How To Apply Matte Lipstick

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Prep The Lips

Woman with glowing skin applies Summer Fridays vanilla lip balm

Lip preparation is necessary earlier than any lipstick software, however it may be particularly essential with matte lips, as they go away no texture as much as the creativeness.

“Your finest wager for a snug, lengthy lasting matte lip could be to prep beforehand,” Gabbay advises. “Which means sleeping with a lip masks on the evening earlier than, or hydrating when you do the remainder of your glam to make sure your lips are plump and prepared for software.”

On high of hydrating the lips, you may wish to create a clean base on your matte lipstick. Persico recommends usually exfoliating your lips to make this potential: “Combine a little bit little bit of sugar and coconut oil for a straightforward DIY lip scrub.”

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Decide A Shade

Hand with stiletto nails holding neutral pink Uoma Beauty matte lipstick tube

Selecting the best lip colour is essential in creating your dream matte lipstick second. “Lips are the icing on the cake,” Fraioli says. “They full and remodel the entire look.”

“When engaged on a shopper, I’ll ask what shade they’re going for, if they’ve a reference photograph, what end they like, and extra,” Alexandra provides. “It’s necessary to be aware that lipsticks look totally different on totally different pores and skin tones and to decide on accordingly.”

Totally different colours complement totally different tones and undertones, and so they additionally work in a different way primarily based on the general look you are going for.

Persico goes additional in-depth, noting what colours work for every undertone. “The very first step in choosing the proper lipstick colour on a shopper is figuring out what undertone their pores and skin tone is,” she notes. “For cool undertones, smooth mocha or nudes and ruby or wine shades look nice. For heat undertones, the peachy nudes, copper, or bronze shades work nicely. Impartial undertones have a large spectrum of colours—each cool and heat tones will work with their pores and skin kind.”

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Apply Lip Liner

Hand with warm brown nail polish holds matching Rare Beauty lipstick and lip liner

As soon as the lips are joyful, hydrated, and clean, it is time to apply liner. Whereas this step is non-obligatory, it helps create a super form and shade on your lip software. It additionally helps cut back the probabilities of error throughout lipstick software.

“Most matte lipsticks don’t require lip liners, however you should utilize them if you wish to,” Alexandra notes. “I often do as a result of I’m a fan of lip liners and often like to make use of them a shade or two darker to create dimension.”

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Put together Lip Product

Matte lipstick compact in shades of red with brush dipped in

This step is totally non-obligatory, as all the make-up artists be aware that making use of instantly from the tube is a good methodology. For many who wish to paint their lips with a brush, the consultants advocate the additional preparation step.

Whether or not you employ a metal beauty palette or the again of your hand, take your required colour(s) and apply them to your required floor. In case you are mixing two shades on a beauty palette, a spatula will probably be your finest pal. If you happen to’re utilizing the again of your hand, you may wish to attain for a clear brush to combine and create one constant components.

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Apply Matte Lip

Storm Reid wears matte red lipstick and blonde mini box braids

If you happen to’ve determined to make use of a brush, you may wish to fairly actually paint the product onto your lips. “I all the time like to make use of a lip brush to get these crispy strains as a result of it’s often extra exact than the supplied applicator or lipstick tube,” Alexandra says.

If you wish to go straight from the tube however nonetheless are taken with utilizing a make-up brush, Persico recommends dipping the comb rigorously into the tube and making use of the colour on the lips. For a liquid matte lip, it is necessary to work rapidly, because the product can usually dry rapidly and make software troublesome.

For a matte lip straight from the tube, Fraioli recommends direct software: “If you happen to’re utilizing an everyday matte lipstick, you possibly can apply straight from the applicator and blot your lips collectively.” Gabbay provides that she likes to set her matte lip with a little bit translucent setting powder to make sure an enduring colour.

“Whatever the software methodology, one even coat is all you want,” Persico emphasizes. “Bear in mind with matte lipsticks, a little bit goes a great distance.”



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