Matte lipsticks have truly become the LBD of the beauty world. You just can’t go wrong with one! But thanks to the ‘filter’ culture, we are moving away from harsh mattes for softer versions. Enter: soft matte lipsticks that offer the best of both worlds—these formulas leave a velvet or suede-like finish on lips, which has a more lived-in effect. However, wearing matte lipstick on chapped lips is a no-go! Make sure you give your lips a good scrub, so that the lipstick application is smooth and seamless. The key to pulling off matte lips this season is to ensure you put forward a powerful pout. Translation: steer clear of neutral or nude shades that can make you look pale. Opt for a strong pop of colour through a bright red, fuschia, or tangerine lipstick. These shades were a hit in the ’30s, when the matte formula came into being, and add to the vintage vibe.
Lakmé 9To5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color in Magenta Kiss, ₹625
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Bachelorette, ₹1,995
Colorbar Sinful Matte Lip Color in Sultry, ₹1,200
Faces Canada Glam On Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pink Alert, ₹599
Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in 303, ₹1,190
If you are still scarred by the glossy lip movement of the ’90s, we have good news. This beauty trend, just like it's counterparts from the same era, has become more refined with time. Shedding its sticky image (finish- and look-wise), we are happy to report that new-age glosses are no longer tacky. In fact, thanks to a host of lip-loving ingredients in the mix, these formulas glide on lips like hot butter on toast, and leave a satin, oil-like finish. Many women are afraid to choose a bold shade as glossy anything tends to bleed. But to prevent any boo-boos, we suggest you line your lips with a clear, matte, lip liner, swipe on a gloss, and then line your lips once more to seal the edges. If you are into nudes, then opt for a lip plumping formula to achieve that pillowy, plush pucker backstage pros have been obsessed with for many a season.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Pillow Talk, ₹2,200
YSL Vernis à Lèvres Water Stain Lipstick in Coral, ₹2,900 approx
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Peaches And Cream, ₹550
Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Color in Juicy Date, ₹1,900
Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper in Bubblegum Yum, ₹2,000