Lip makeup is a huge category full of gorgeous goodies, including lip kits, liquid lipsticks and lip liners. These products help transform your look for drab to fab in an instant. But with so many different options to look through, it can be hard to find the perfect lip formula for you.
So, whether you're an MUA who wants to revamp your makeup collection or a beauty newbie who needs the full rundown, we collated everything you need to know about all the best lip products right here at Cosmetify.
What colour lipstick suits me?
It's all about testing out your favourite shades. When deciding on the best nude lipstick for example, opt for a shade darker than your skin tone, with pink nudes for cool undertones and caramel colours for warmer undertones.
No matter your style, it's about experimenting and finding what works with your makeup habits. Whether you choose natural nudes, ravishing reds or pretty pinks, there's a lipstick to suit every skin tone at Cosmetify. Check out our handy filter system to find the best red lipstick for your skin tone and the best dark lipsticks for a vampy look.
Prepping your lips properly helps your lipstick stay put, with no smudging or bleeding throughout the day. To do so, exfoliate your lips with your favourite lip scrub and give them a much-need boost of hydration with your favourite lip oil or balm. Once everything has soaked in apply a lip liner that matches the colour of your lipstick.
Next choose a long-wearing lipstick formula and apply carefully with a lip brush. This small brush helps you get a precise application. Then the final step is to blot and set your lipstick with a light dusting of translucent powder, which prevents your the colour from bleeding throughout the day.
This depends on your mood, the occasion, your style and sometimes even the season. For example, in the winter months beauty buffs love trying matte shades for a seductive, moody look. Whereas in the summer, a glossy, bold pop of colour can be a fun, flirty vibe. No matter where the mood takes you, you should wear whichever finish you feel most comfortable in. But remember, matte lipsticks need a little bit more prep time with a lip scrub to exfoliate your pout to create a smooth base. A glossy lipstick, however, is an easy one to just swipe and go for those more natural makeup days.
How to Apply Matte Lipstick
Matte lipsticks are beloved for their rich pigmentation and flawless, red carpet look...the caveat being that they must be properly applied. A matte is not so forgiving if casually whipped on like a gloss or satin lipstick. To become a matte master, there are a few basics you need to know. Below are Mented’s tips for makeup for women of color, specifically meant to help you learn how to apply matte lipstick like a seasoned pro.
In the family of lipstick types, a matte is like the sophisticated older sister who effortlessly commands attention. A matte lipstick is characterized by its velvety finish free of shimmer or glitter. Since it does not reflect light like other lipsticks do, such as frosted or satin lipsticks, a matte lipstick boasts a more saturated and uniform color. This creates a bold look that makes the lips the focus of attention. Whether you need a lipstick for dark skin tones or fair skin tones, matte lipsticks will be a flawless choice.
Statement-making matte lipsticks can be worn with little makeup for a refined daytime look. For something more dramatic, heavier eye makeup can be paired with a matte lipstick for a night on the town.
Besides its versatility and high-fashion sensibility, mattes are many women’s go-to lipstick for their long-lasting wear. All lipsticks have a combination of oil, wax and pigmentation. A matte lipstick has less oil and moisture than other lipstick types. Not only does this endow a matte with its resonate tone, the lip color also stays on longer, is less likely to feather outside of the lips and requires fewer touch-ups throughout the day.
Finally, mattes can easily be worn no matter the time of year. Their staying power and luxurious, non-sticky texture make them perfect for hot weather when other makeup may melt or get gooey. When the temperature drops outside, vibrant matte lip colors like burgundy and reds are perfect complements to dark winter clothes. While matte lipsticks work well in any shade, they are treasured in deeper tones precisely because the color pops and doesn’t budge.