8 Steps to the Perfect Matte Lip

If you are looking for a makeup look that is versatile enough to suit any occasion, you can never go wrong with a bold, matte lip. In the daytime, a matte lip can help you amp up an overall casual look — just imagine a t-shirt and jeans outfit accompanied with a red lip, what’s not to love? Meanwhile, you can never go wrong with a matte lip during a fancy night out on the town.

The only problem with wearing a matte lip, however, is the application. Due to the bold finish of a matte lip, it is important for you to ensure your application is as precise as possible. Trust us, you do not want to end up with a streak of lipstick across your cheeks by the end of the day.


How to Apply Matte Lipstick like a Pro

To help you achieve a matte lipstick application just like the makeup professionals, follow along to our guide below:

Step One: Exfoliate Your Lips

Creating a smooth canvas is extremely important when you plan to wear a matte lip. If you have ever tried applying a matte lipstick over dry, chapped lips, you know it is not a pretty sight, especially if you are wearing a bold shade of lipstick. Thus, the first thing you need to do to pull off a flawless matte lip is to exfoliate your puckers. Use a commercial lip scrub or make your own by simply combining honey and sugar — even an old toothbrush will do the trick! Scrub your lips gently to get rid of all the dead skin cells, and you will have soft, smooth lips ready to be painted.

Step Two: Add Some Moisture

Even though you will be applying lipstick with a matte finish, exfoliating your lips without moisturising them afterwards might make your lipstick application uneven. Therefore, before putting on your lipstick, apply a bit of lip balm to your lips. Besides providing your lips with some much-needed hydration, the lip balm will also fill in the small cracks on your lips, thus providing a more even surface for your lipstick to glide over.

Step Three: Apply Your Base First

If you are about to go in with your matte lipstick, stop right there! Before you apply your lipstick, you need to allow your lips to properly absorb all of the moisture from the lip balm. If you apply your lipstick immediately after, your lipstick will end up having a creamy finish rather than a matte one. Plus, the lip balm will also cause your lipstick to slip and slide all over your lips and possibly beyond your lip line, risking you having to deal with smudged lips. Thus, give your lip balm some time to be absorbed by doing the rest of your makeup first such as your base. Now, when it comes to your base makeup, the finish you go for can depend on the look you wish to create. If you want your makeup to look more casual, we suggest opting for a light-coverage foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser as the lightweight texture of these products will balance out the stark look of a matte lip. If you want to hide areas of hyperpigmentation or pimples, spot conceal those areas with a heavyweight concealer. For a fancy night out, you might want to amp up your base with a medium to full-coverage foundation to create a flawless finish.

Step Four: Colour Up and Highlight Your Cheeks

Once you are done with your base, add some colour to your cheeks with a bit of blush. The blush shade you go for depends on the shade of your matte lipstick. If you will be wearing a bright shade of lipstick like coral or scarlet, opt for a peachy or salmon pink shade of blush. For deeper lip colours like a berry or burgundy shade, go for a mauve or deeper pink blush shade.

Step Five: Do Your Eye Makeup

Since a matte lip is attention-grabbing enough on its own, you might want to balance it out with a neutral eye makeup look. One way is to keep your eyelids bare and simply draw on winged eyeliner. An alternative is to apply a wash of eyeshadow in a shade similar to your skin tone all over your eyelids. Make sure to thoroughly blend the eyeshadow out to soften any harsh edges. Then, intensify the eyeshadow by applying a deeper shade into your crease. Finish off your eye makeup by applying both eyeliner and mascara, or keep it clean and minimal by skipping the eyeliner.

Step Six: Line Your Lips

Now that you are done with the rest of your makeup, it is time to colour up your puckers! Start off by lining your lips with a lip liner in a similar shade as your matte lipstick. Lining your lips is an important step when you are planning to wear a matte lip as it will help you define the shape of your lips. Plus, it will prevent your lipstick from bleeding beyond your lip line. To extend the lasting power of your matte lip, you can colour in your entire lips with the lip liner instead of just lining the edges. This will prevent any patchiness on your lips in case your lipstick rubs off throughout the day.

Step Seven: Create Your Matte Lip

After lining your lips, you can now apply your matte lipstick. You can either apply straight from the bullet, or for a more precise application, use a lip brush. After you have applied the first layer, blot your lips on a piece of tissue and apply another layer to intensify the colour. Repeat these steps until you achieve the colour intensity you want.

Step Eight: Conceal the Outer Edges of Your Lips

This step is not necessary but it will certainly help you create even more definition to the shape of your lips. With a small, flat concealer brush, carefully apply a concealer along the outer edges of your lips and feather it out to make sure it blends seamlessly with your foundation.