16 April 2015

How to Perfect the Matte Pout & Lipstick Favourites


You won't often catch me modelling a matte-in-finish lip, when if you do, it'll be any hue of plum, red or pink. Basically - if you're going to go gloss-free, said shades are best and anything neutral doesn't quite have the same appeal about it (think concealer-esque lips). Pulling off a matte pout takes a few more steps prior to slicking-on than you may think, but all hope is not lost as a longer-lasting, flake free, non-drying finish will result from it, so I'm here to talk you through my go-to how-to and I've lobbed some of my top matte lip product picks in for good measure...


First things first, it's all about the prep - ain't nobody got time for dry, flaky lips when it comes to wearing any shade, but a shade that's matte in particular. To ensure a lip that's all kinds of smooth to slick my stick onto, I start by buffing away any unwanted chapped patches using Bliss' Fabulips Scrub; it tastes like sweets (score), the beads are embedded in a balm for extra moisture and it does what it says on the tin. I follow with my most-used balm of choice by Burts Bee's - nothing else beats it and its the perfect waxy consistency for a base. 

For perfected neatness, I go in with liner before lippy - that's if I've got one to match up to the shade I intend to sport and since a neutral pick is my most worn, I don't have too many funky coloured liners, however, MAC's Dervish pencil and Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk work well paired with a few, and actually look pretty amazing filled in alone, but it just makes for a base that's extra secure meaning no bleeding outside the lines and a longer lasting application. When it comes to the lip product in question, I'll more often than not brush on with MAC's 318 round-tipped retractable number - it's one to throw in your bag for on the go, but it delivers a precise application along the edge and means the job's a good'un for chunkier bullets like the hot pink option that is Illamasqua's Eurydice. Crayons don't require as much attention to detail thanks to their narrower tip and I've got all the love for Revlon's ColorStay Matte Balm's in Sultry, a plum-toned red, Standout, a deep, dark red and Striking that's seriously bright and orange toned. Probably my formula favourite of them all though comes from L'Oreal in the way of their Glam Matte Glosses - a finish that's matte but with a bit of a gloss about it (confused much?). I could sit and smell the cake-smelling stuff all day but I promise that's not why I love it; velvety in texture, it glides on, eventually wears to a stain and just feels and looks incredible - see pic above. 

Last but not least, I blot with a folded tissue to press the product in, remove any excess and ensure a longer lasting finish which can then be immediately build upon - you could also try the 'finger suck' technique but that's one trick I won't be demonstrating...

12 comments:

  1. I love the Revlon ColorStay Matte Balms, I must get round to picking up some brighter shades :)

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

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  2. Blotting is key when it comes to matte lipstick!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  3. I looove the Revlon Matte Balms - such a lovely formula and amazing colours! Great tips Jessica. :)

    Loren | Cloudy Coconut

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  4. This whole look is absolutely gorgeous! What are you wearing on your skin and eyes? Skin looks AMAZE.

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  5. Such a perfect lipstick collection and your lipstick looks so nice! x

    Rachel Coco

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  6. Me too Kate - they do some amazing shades, I'm eyeing up some brighter ones next too ;-)

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  7. The most amazing lip balm ever ;-)

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  8. Agree! It's one step you can't miss out :-)

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  9. Ah thanks for reading Loren! The Revlon Balms are amazing - I need me some more shades :-)

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  10. Ah thanks so much Caroline - it was what I wore for my Skin Food Diary #1 (all makeup is linked in the description box of that video!) :-)

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  11. Ah thanks so much for having a read Rachel! :-)

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