If you look anywhere on social media, the internet, makeup groups or almost any makeup website you'll see that bold, matte lip color is all the rage. Matte lipsticks and liquid all-day wear lip colors have completely taken over. I myself have always been a fan of the matte lip. It screams vintage siren, roaring twenties and complete and utter glam! There are however pros and cons and finding the right brand and formula may take a while. Let's start with the pros....first off, the staying power! You can apply these colors in the morning and hardly have to retouch all day! Of course after a meal or a few drinks you may need a little touch up but for the most part you don't have to worry about your lips going anywhere. Now obviously there are certain things that will take off your lip color like diving into a greasy burger face first or eating a salad drenched with your favorite vinaigrette dressing. But with a quick touch up you're back in business.
Secondly, what I absolutely love about matte colors, especially the liquid lipsticks, is that you don't necessarily need a lipliner. You can take the applicator wand, apply to your natural lip line, fill in, and you are good to go! And of course now with so many different brands coming out with this formula there are endless color options to buy!
Lastly, I love the ease of being able to blend colors together to make a nice ombre lip or even creating a new lip color all together. You can find so many YouTube videos and tutorials on creating different lip colors! A few of my faves are shown below from Tarte, Kat Von D, Dose of Colors, Colour Pop, Stila, and MAC.
Now for the cons....
I know the beauty of makeup is the wide range of colors that can complement any makeup look you desire and the ability to let your personality shine through. As with any makeup product whether it be eyeshadow, blush, and definitely foundation, you must find colors that complement your skin tone. Certain colors can enhance and others can completely wash you out. Be mindful that a color that looks good on one person may not necessarily work for you. I honestly question certain colors that are made available to the general public. I find that these matte colors can be so bold that a complete makeup look is very, very necessary.
The only other obstacle can be finding a lip brand that has a formula that doesn't make your lips feel like you've been trekking through the Sahara Desert for about month. For this issue, I find it to be a trial and error situation. It all depends on what works for you!
So ladies, exfoliate those lips, use a great lip balm in between your matte lipstick applications, and just have fun making your lips pop!