To most girls, the idea of a matte lip seems intimidating. What, with its notorious high maintenance reputation and drying texture? Not to mention the meticulous cleanup required to perfect the look (with concealer around the edges before stepping out of the house and with heavy duty makeup remover at the end of the day).
Well, to those girls who cower in a corner when the words “matte lip” are involved, this article’s for you! Because the look isn’t just about creating a precise lip shape with a lip brush, it’s mostly about the right (creamy, moisturizing, pigmented) lippie you designate as your weapon of choice.
MAC Lipstick, P1000, Rockwell
Toting two types of matte finishes for you to choose from (matte and retro matte), MAC lipsticks are known for their great color payoff (one swipe delivers opaque color) and a wide array of colors.
Shade faves: Ruby Woo (a bright red) and Rebel (a deep berry)
REVLON ColorBurst Matte Balm, P575, department stores
For the girls who don’t want that drying feeling that comes with wearing a matte lip, these weightless lip products glide on like a balm and keep your lips moisturized with shea, mango, and coconut butter.
Shade faves: Shameless (a deep purple) and Complex (a super-flattering nude)
BOBBI BROWN Art Sticks, P1500, SM Aura
Shaky hands need not bother with a lip brush with these jumbo pencils. Easy to grip and even easier to use, use the tip to line your lips and color them in for a creamy matte lip.
Shade faves: Rose Brown (a warm pink-brown nude) and Electric Pink (a look-at-me bright coral)
ETUDE HOUSE Rosy Tint Lips, P478, SM Megamall
Comes out as a creamy liquid lipstick but dries onto your lips in a velvety, matte texture. Plus points for its sponge applicator, which allows you to create a graduated lip look with a few dabs.
Shade faves: Rosy #2 (a vibrant orange-red) and Rosy #4 (a show-stopping hot pink)
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick, P1400, Rustan’s
If you’re tired of seeing your lipstick on rims and cutlery, switch to this! Imparting an ultra-matte finish, once on this richly pigmented lipstick lasts for hours on end, just don’t forget to use a lip balm under it.
Shade faves: Mascate (a deep, bold red) and Montego Bay (a rosy pink)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, P390, SM department stores
With its interesting texture, these soft lip creams apply smoothly and adhere to the lips to form a thin coat of color.
Shade faves: Stockholm (a beige pink) and Addis Adaba (a bright fuschia)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick, P1280, SM Megamall
If a product says it contains 50% more pigment than the lipsticks out there on the market, you’re gonna get a lipstick that stays true to color and will never fade.
Shade faves: 50 (a satin black that’s great for goths and mixing in with your other lipsticks) and 52 (a vivid, bright red)
INGLOT Lipstick Matte, P895, Glorietta 5
Enriched with Vitamin E, macadamia oil and avocado oil to nourish the lips, this matte lippie doesn’t settle into fine lines or feather.
Shade faves: 405 (a dusty nude) and 408 (a brilliant red)
OCC Lip Tar, P995, order from calyxta.com
They say you only need the tiniest amount of this stuff, and with good reason. Intensely pigmented and long wearing, this lipstick boasts an unusual shade range (like cyan, primary yellow and pure white) to excite any beauty junkie.
Shade faves: Black dahlia (a blackened red) and Anime (a neon pink)
3CE Lip Pigment, P738.50, order from luxola.com
Art class is in session! Made for use on the eyes, lips, and cheeks, these can also be added to powder products to create an even more intense shade for the eyes and cheeks.
Shade faves: Bright Orange and Modern White (a pure white color you can mix to lighten other shades)