In case you haven't noticed, matte lips are having a bit of a moment.
But we'll get to those in just a moment. First, I need to alert you to one of the most stunning matte lipstick looks I've seen in a looong time:
Christina Hendricks attended the recent International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards wrapped up in a great big navy Paule Ka bow... but it was her makeup that REALLY stole the show.
I'm just in love with this, and it's all because of the contrast between her lips and her skin. (Not to mention that red mouth looks all kinds of awesome with her hair colour.)
Her skin is on the luminous, glowy side—but not shiny or sparkly—which makes the flat mouth way more interesting than it would be against a heavier, matte finish. Plus, a bit of illumination makes the skin become part of the look, instead of it just being about the bold lip colour. I think makeup is really moving towards this kind of thing—the subtle, perfected touches rather than just the loud statements.
So I think this is exactly the way to go should you wish to dive into the matte lipstick trend for the upcoming party season. Well played, Beau Nelson! (He's Christina's makeup artist.)
So. How do we do this?
We do this first with an illuminating base. Not the sparkly kind but one of the new cream formulas designed to pick up the light without making you look glittery, shimmery or greasy! Dewy isn't the goal, either; it's more of a "lit-from-within" look.
Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base would be one of your best options, and since Beau tagged Chanel on Instagram, it could very well be what he used on Christina. Makeup artists have long considered it the best illuminating base, and it does exactly what I described: create a lit-from-within skin look. You can either apply it as a primer or mix it in with your foundation.
The Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in No. 7 is another great product for glowing skin without extreme shimmer. You can apply it the same way you'd use the Chanel—or use a small brush and spot-highlight the high planes of your face.
A great natural option is RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. All the top models use it, and it's more of a balm than a primer, so I'd use this on top of (not under) foundation, again keeping it to the high planes of the face.
For the foundation itself, I would recommend something very fluid and sheer, like Make Up For Ever Face & Body or Pixi H2O SkinTint. Anything too thick and high coverage, and you'll lose the beautiful illumination underneath.
Moving on to lips, I'm pretty sure Christina is wearing Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, which is a matte, long-wearing, slightly orange-red:
Another great new matte red is the Doutzen shade from L'Oréal's new limited-edition Pure Reds collection (though seriously, ALL of them are amazing). Doutzen is a matte tangerine red.
Maybelline's new Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color collection includes Siren in Scarlet. It really pops, and the creamier texture makes it a good choice for drier lips:
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square (bright orange-red) is a makeup artist favourite that we've seen time and time again on the red carpet:
Now all you need is a bit of lash and brow definition, and a sweep of blush, and you're good to go! Are you a fan of this party makeup idea?
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What do you think of this matte lips/illuminated skin pairing? Have you tried it? Or any of these prodz?