Matte Lips

Make-up , 5 June 2014

A Trend in 3 / Matte Lips

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For those of you who have your finger on the pulse, this will be old news. For those of you who don’t, here it is: lipgloss is in beauty Siberia. I can’t say I’m altogether sad at this development – while lipgloss made lips look wonderfully inflated, it also sticks to hair/teeth/men’s lips something chronic. Besides, a slick of lipstick is a timeless, chic way to adorn lips.

Clinique Soft Matte Lipsticks Long lasting Swatch

Me wearing Clinique’s Long Lasting Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Petal

If you’d like to take adherence to trends a step further, ditch your glossy lipstick for a matte version. I’m not for one minute suggesting that you scratch a ghastly drying paste onto your lips. Heavens no. Get your hands on the newest matte formulas instead – they all inject moisturising spheres into their formulas without adding any shine. My favourites? Three:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in (left to right): Paimpol, Red Square, Belle de Jour and Dolce Vita

– Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, £18 here / A lipstick and liner in one, these bullets make applying lipstick a breeze. The wide range of colours available is impressive and, as with all Nars products, offer serious colour pay-off. I only needed to top my lips up with Red Square once during an evening out.

Soap & GLory Super Colour Fabulipstick Powder Review

Soap & Glory Super Colour Fabulipstick Powdercoat Matte Lipstick in Supernude

Soap & Glory Super Colour Fabulipstick Powdercoat Matte Lipsticks, £9 here. / I fell for this lipstick for two reasons: it didn’t dry my lips and the below shade is the perfect nude. Also, it smells like vanilla. And is a bargain £9. What’s not to love?

Clinique Long Lasting Soft Matte Lipsticks Review

Clinique’s new Soft Matte Long Last Lipsticks, £18 here / 8 bold, bright shades that are proper lipsticks – not a stain, not a matte wash of colour. Extremely comfortable and look velvety, not dry on.

Note: Before application, do away with dryness with a light exfoliation – you can either roll a cotton pad coated in lip balm across lips, use a soft toothbrush to buff, or employ a lip exfoliant.

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