Making a lipstick matte is the quickest, easiest way to revive a lippy that’s past its best. It also ensures a longer-lasting finish than a glossy lip. One simple method can be used for any lip colour, from the nudest to the boldest shades.
Matte tends to be the go-to lip trend for autumn and winter when the more dewy, glossy shades retire at the end of the summer. At Carolina Herrera’s AW15 show at New York Fashion Week, makeup artist Diane Kendal applied a strong, velvet matte lipstick to the models’ lips. At Burberry’s AW15 London Fashion Week show, makeup artist Wendy Rowe also stuck to matte lips.
The good news is that you don’t have to splash out on a high-end, long-lasting matte lipstick to achieve the designer look. You can make your own at home — and it’s incredibly simple:
1. First apply your lipstick as normal, then line your lips (with a liner than matches the colour of your lippy).
2. Carefully blot your lips with a tissue to soak up the gloss or shine.
3. Roll a makeup sponge in translucent powder or baby powder and lightly press it onto your lips. Roll your lips together to ensure even distribution of colour. The powder sets the lipstick, giving it a lovely matte finish. It will last longer and is less likely to come off when you have a drink… or a kiss!
These translucent powders are affordable and come highly recommended by those in the know:
Micro-fine translucent powder, Me Me Me Cosmetics, £7
No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder, Boots, £11
Invisible Finish Loose Powder, M&S, £12
For an alternative method, place a tissue over your lips and keep it there while applying your powder. Dip a fluffy brush (any kind will do, from a big powder brush to an eyeshadow blending brush) into the powder and tap it a few times onto the tissue. The perfect amount of powder passes through the tissue, says The Beauty Department.