Matte lipsticks have come a long way since they were first introduced over a century ago. Modern mattes are creamy and soft, hydrate the lips and still last for hours.
A matte lipstick can be a bold style statement, or just subtly enhance your looks, depending on which hue you choose. Ultra glamorous reds are perfect for evenings out, or nude and pink versions can be great for work or off-duty days. There are even matte lipsticks that apply on as a gloss and then dry to reveal beautiful matte shades underneath!
If you are unsure whether a matte lipstick is for you, just follow our expert guide to getting it right: We talk you through the shades, brands and features you need to know about for the current season, helping to find the perfect matte lipstick, just for you...
The most important thing to remember with matte lipsticks is that you should first prepare your lips before applying. Make lips smooth and soft by gently exfoliating before application. Don't worry, there's no need to buy expensive exfoliation products if you don't want to - you can create your own with just a little bit of sugar, olive oil and honey. Massage your chosen exfoliator onto your lips for a few minutes and then rinse. Now you're ready to apply your chosen lipstick.
One of our favourite matte lipsticks - especially for those who the thought of wearing a matte lipstick rather than a cream version makes you a little nervous - is the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour
, £20. It's still got that tiny, imperceptible hint of sheen that'll make you feel reassured (not to mention hydrated) but looks strong enough to be mistaken for a matte. As with everything Bobbi does, there's an embarrassment of riches shade-wise, but we love this rich, deep Red Carpet best of all.
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