In a stark turnaround from summer’s aficionado with sheer, glossy lips, this season is all about a matte lip. Matte formulas are packed full of pigment, meaning you’ll have a bolder colour that will last longer.
The only problem with matte formulas is that they tend to be quite drying. Combine this with bracing winds and central heating, and you have a recipe for disaster. So how can you pull off the latest lip trend without looking a chapped mess?
1. Prime your lips
Putting matte lipstick onto already dehydrated lips will only highlight any dry patches. To ensure your lips are in tip-top condition, give them a bit of TLC before applying your colour. Start with a lip scrub (you can make your own by mixing sugar and Vaseline) and then use a dedicated lip primer (lip balms contain oils that can break down the pigments in lipstick).
Try: Mac prep + prime lip (£13)
2. Choose a moisturising, matte formula
A lot of the newer matte lipsticks have been injected with moisturising agents, to hydrate the lips while still offering rich colour. If you are wary of trying a fully matte formula, try one that has a slight sheen for a nice compromise.
Try: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution range (£23)
3. Layer up
Help your colour last all day by layering up the colour and blotting in between. Start by applying a lip liner and filling the lips with pencil before applying your first layer of lipstick. Then blot and reapply until you have the colour you’re happy with. To set the look, try applying a slight dusting of translucent powder.
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