Whether it is bridal or a high fashion shoot, I can always count on a matte lip product to hold the look for my clients. – Versy Picone, Salon Owner and Professional Makeup Artist

4 steps to the perfect Matte Lip

The infamous matte lip is something that has become a staple in the makeup world. It is a must have for all nighters, wedding pictures, or long work shifts and something I frequently use on clients. However, this here-to-stay trend can be tricky. Here are a few pro tips for the perfect Matte Lip

  1. Exfoliate: beneficial for the rest of your skin, exfoliating in the winter helps prevent dryness and renews the skin. Use a sugar scrub specifically for the mouth area. Gently rub over lips using a warm rag to remove dead skin. Try Bliss Fabulips for $18
  1. Moisturize lightly with a chapstick like Blistex to lock in moisture. Try Burt’s Bees Coconut & Pear Moisturizing Lip Balm for $2.97
  1. Line lips with a liner similar to your lip color, this will help prevent bleeding. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil for $20
  1. Add your lip color and make sure to drag softly on top of liner. For an ombre effect, you can add a lighter lipstick shade in the center and rub lips together.

Some of my favorite affordable mattes are

  1. NYX Lip Suede $6.99, which you can find at Ulta
  2.  Ultra Matte Lip $6.00 www.ColourPop.com
  3. The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lip. $17.00 www.Thebalm.com