This summer I surprised myself by getting back into lip gloss. I liked the lightness, and the low maintenance element of wearing something sheer. Now that the temperature has (finally) dropped though, I find myself reaching for my matte lipsticks. There’s something about the boldness of its opacity that makes me feel dressed and ready for winter.
he thing about matte lipstick is that it’s not the easiest formula to wear. In fact, in some cases it’s a nightmare. It can be drying and uncomfortable and difficult to maintain as it clings to any dry areas on the lips. “But still you wear it?” I hear you ask. I do. I can’t help myself. Here are some tips and tricks to making it work.
First, choose wisely. Matte lipstick has improved generally in terms of comfort, but some are still better than others. I generally find liquid formulas easy to apply with accuracy to my paltry lips. They are highly pigmented and apply smoothly, and then dry down completely to a matte finish.
(1) Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick (€21.95 via boots.ie) is one of the OGs and is still one of the most comfortable, in my experience. The formula is light and feels almost like you’re wearing nothing at all.
(2) NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream (€8 via boots.ie) are a cult favourite for a reason. The price can’t be argued with, and it delivers on comfort and colour pay-off.
If you prefer a classic bullet of lipstick, (3) Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick (€40.68 via cultbeauty.com) formula is superb. This truly feels like you’re wearing nothing on your lips without compromising on colour pay-off. The first time I tried it my mind was blown, as it felt so entirely different to any matte lipstick I’d tried before.
(4) Lisa Eldridge’s True Velvet Lip Colour range (€32 via lisaeldridge.com) is very similar, although I must say I prefer their gold packaging which feels significantly more luxe than Pat McGrath’s.
(5) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula (€32 via brownthomas.com) is more like the matte lipsticks of yore, but still quite comfortable, and of course includes the now iconic Pillow Talk shade.
(6) L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction (€11.99 via boots.ie) is another solid option. The lipsticks don’t dry down to a totally matte finish, but they are very comfortable to wear and deliver on colour.
When it comes to actual application, start by exfoliating the lips. As I mentioned earlier, matte products have a tendency to stick to dry patches, so you’ll get a much nicer finish if you get rid of dry skin to begin with.
You can do this with an exfoliant like (7) Milani Rose Sugar Lip Scrub (€12.50 via boots.ie), but a toothbrush or face cloth will also do the job.
When it comes to the product, less is more. A thin layer will wear better. If you struggle with accuracy, a lip brush can help you to apply the least amount of product while still delivering on a polished, stunning-looking finish.
Lost in Translation
We all learned about chlorophyll in school in terms of its role in photosynthesis, but these days it regularly pops up in skincare chat. Celebrities who are mega into the idea of ‘clean’ or ‘natural’ beauty like this ingredient thanks to its origin in plants, and some studies suggest that its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities are effective when applied topically. Chlorophyll is rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K, which are all great for your skin, but I think including it in your diet is the best way to get the best out of it by eating lots of green vegetables.
Medik8 are a brand I consistently turn to for products which deliver, but don’t absolutely break the bank. The brand was created by Elliot Isaacs, who formulated its first product in a tiny lab at the back of his father’s pharmacy in 2004.
Liquid Peptides (€64 via spacenk.com) is a hydrating and non-sticky serum which sinks into the skin beautifully. This blend of peptides (a chain of amino acids) is specially formulated to sink into the lower layers of the skin. Once there, it can assist with the production of collagen, and therefore plump the skin, minimising the appearance of fine lines and increasing the skin’s firmness. Expect to see immediate results in terms of softness and hydration, while increased firmness can take some time.
… Something new
French skincare brand Biologique Recherche are known for their incredible facials and super-effective formulas. The brand’s products are ‘prescribed’ to each individual by skin specialists after an assessment of their particular skin needs, which means you won’t walk into a shop and buy them off the shelf.
This is not a brand which pumps out new launches, so when something new arrives, it’s a big deal. Collagene Originel Redensifying Face Sérum (from €62 via skinbyolga.ie) aims to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles via increased collagen production. In my experience, Biologique Recherche products are consistently effective and I can’t wait to try this serum.
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