Go Mad For Matte

One of the biggest lip trends this season is the ultra-glamorous matte lip look, which, admittedly, isn’t the easiest to pull off – if you didn’t know these tips and tricks, that is!

When we say “matte lipstick”, one of the first celebrities that come to mind is the undisputed Princess of Pop, Taylor Swift. And the inevitable follow-up question would be, “How in the world does Tay-Tay manage to keep her matte lipstick look in tiptop condition, even after two hours of singing and sweating on stage?”

We may not be Tay-Tay, but we can certainly emulate that (matte) lip classic thing that is all the rage right now! Here, we show you how to master the art of creating the perfect matte lip look.

The Steps

Step 1: Start This Nightly Lip Care Routine

One common misconception about matte lipsticks is that they can result in dry lips. Not true, if you diligently maintain the condition of your lips! Add this final step to your nightly skincare routine: gently swipe a cotton pad soaked in alcohol-free toner across your lips to remove dead skin cells. Next, apply a thick layer of lip balm before bedtime. Avoid tinted or flavoured ones, which can further dry out your lips.

Step 2: Prep Your Lips

Before you apply your matte lipstick, apply a thick layer of lip balm, followed by using a tissue to lightly blot it away before applying another thin layer of lip balm. Doing so will prevent feathering of the lipstick, as well as help keep your lips moisturised.

Step 3: Apply Liquid Foundation/Concealer On Lips

For your matte lipstick to stay in place and last longer, apply liquid foundation or concealer on your lips. It will also further bring out the colour of your matte lipstick! Avoid powder foundation as it can result in dry-looking lips. 

Step 4: Apply Your Matte Lipstick

After you’ve applied the first layer, use a piece of tissue paper to blot it away then reapply the lipstick. For an enhanced matte finish, use your finger to gently and evenly coat the colour over your lips  … and, voila! You’re done! (Scroll down for our list of matte lipstick recommendations.)


Meet Your Mattes

Can't wait to try out a matte lipstick for yourself? Here are our recommendations to get you started!

YSL Beaute Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, 208 Fuchsia Fetiche


Heroic, forbidden, passionate, seductive, scandalous, the iconic YSL lipstick is declined in rock, radiant matte shades with Rouge Pur Couture The Mats. Its "stretch-leather" texture espouses and ajusts to the lips, ensuring a matte, sensually sleek finish and color fidelity for 6 hours. A palette of 6 iconic, "rock & chic" shades for all skin tones, from deep red to plum and garne

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M·A·C Lipstick, Tropic Tonic


A lipstick with hundreds of hues. Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. Hundreds of hues, high-fashion textures. The iconic product that made M·A·C famous.

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Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour, Infatuation


Give lips vibrant, high impact colour with a matte finish and moisturizing benefits.

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Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Definition , 184 Le Vermillion


Bold Colors. High Precision. Matte & Comfort Today, LancOme presents L’Absolu Rouge Definition, Intense color, High-precision, Matte and Comfortable. An outstanding lipstick capturing the quintessence of femininity through vibrant colour in perfect definition. High-precision, it defines matte, intensely saturated and moisturised lips. And because it’s the ultimate perfectionist, its iconic bevelled tip is reinterpreted as an everlasting bevel for virtuoso accuracy and fail-safe application.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte , RD165


New rouge unlimited lipstick by shu uemura gives you our truest color payoff, with a unique non-sticky texture and ultra-smooth application. Formulated with breakthrough technology, new rouge unlimited is available in an array of inspiring colors and formulated for long lasting supreme moisture, comfort and matte finish.

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The Maintenance
Throughout the day, avoid pursing or licking your lips as saliva is incredibly drying. Instead, use your finger to lightly dab on lip balm whenever your lips feel chapped. Similarly, for touch-ups, use your finger to pick up some lip colour from your matte lipstick, then gently swipe it across your lips. Directly applying the lipstick on your already-coloured lips can result in colour migration and/or bleeding.

The Removal
To remove your matte lipstick at the end of the day, simply use an alcohol-free makeup remover. Never, ever use water or tissue paper to rub off your lipstick – this will most certainly dry out your lips, and may even cause fine lines in the long term!

Bonus: Complete The Look

For a fail-proof makeup look featuring matte lips, pair the latter with winged eyeliner. This classic look is bold, chic, and incredibly sexy! To achieve the perfect wing, use the versatile Shu Uemura Calligraph:Ink Liquid Eyeliner in Black – designed to look like an Asian calligraphy brush, it allows you to easily achieve your preferred eyeliner look with utmost precision.