Matte is anything but flat. The latest matte lipstick trend has taken both runways and Instagram feeds by storm and it feels like there’s a new line of matte shades released every week. As a beauty expert, here’s everything you need to know about the talked-about product:
1.) They go beyond the bullet.
When you hear about matte lipsticks, you’re probably thinking about the traditional solid bullet lipstick. But when it comes to the latest matte trends, liquid lipstick is on the rise. The different formulas allow for all sorts of added creativity including ease of mixing colors and creating ombre effects. But beauty experts and clients need to be careful as these liquid matte lipsticks can wreak havoc on the inside of your purse or makeup kit if you forget to cap them tightly.
2.) Exfoliation is mandatory.
Creamy lipstick formulas and glosses are forgiving. Matte shades are not. They will show every bit of dead skin, every crack and cranny because of their drying effect. To ensure you’re working with a smooth surface, you’ll want to make sure to exfoliate the lips before application according the ladies at Stylecaster. A simple oil and sugar scrub will do the trick.
3.) Long-live the long-wear.
One of the biggest advantages to matte lipsticks is that they tend to have stronger staying power than glossier shades that inevitably transfer every time you eat or drink. On the other hand, oily foods can cause matte lipsticks to flake away and reapplication can be extra difficult depending on the formula. To avoid this problem, it’s best to use a lip liner in conjunction with the matte lip color.
4.) There are matte hacks.
You don’t have to buy a whole new set of lipsticks to get on board the matte makeup train. As beauty writers at SheKnows point out, you can make any lipstick into a matte shade with the help of some loose powder or baby powder. First you apply your regular lipstick then blot off the shine with a tissue. Place a makeup sponge in your translucent powder and then gently dab that onto the lips. It will not only mattify, but it will help set the color and make the product last longer.
Likewise, you can transform the look of a matte lipstick with the help of a gloss. You may find that a nude matte liquid lipstick looks harsher than you wanted on a client’s skin tone but adding a thin layer of clear or pink gloss can balance it out. Like so many other makeup trends, it’s really all about experimenting and matte lipsticks are just another great tool to have in your kit.
5.) It’s an easy vintage look.
Even though dramatic matte nudes and smokey gray shades are on trend now, matte lip colors have been the rage for decades. A bright red matte lipstick is the perfect, easy way to achieve a retro 50s pinup look that never seems to go out of style. For a modern spin on that vintage feel, makeup artists can pair a black winged eyeliner with a bold matte berry or fuchsia lipstick instead of the classic red.
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