Matte, matte, matte. Is there anything other than a matte lipstick in your makeup bag? Let me tell you—your lips are too precious to settle for a single lipstick finish. Here are a few lipstick finishes you probably haven’t tried on with your smile.
Metallic Lipstick Finishes
These lippies are literally back on the tube. It’s a hit of the 90’s that made a huge comeback—most brands have a non-sticky formula which makes their lipstick versatile and wearable on a lot of occasions. The frosted or metallic lipstick finish gives you flawless lips and hides all its flaky and dry imperfections. The nudes like the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Metallic Gold-kissed Tangerine and the Too Faced Melted Metal will give you that sexy, natural looking skin.
Beauty Insider Tip: If you wear a metallic lipstick finish, tone down the rest of your face makeup. The no-makeup makeup look pairs with this well.
Lustre Lipstick Finishes
Lustre lipsticks are subtle, easy-to-wear, and moisturising to the lips. It gives shine to your lips without the wet, sticky texture of a lip gloss. This type of formulation also has a little amount of pigment, thus giving you washed coloured lips. With that, it’s difficult to know how it will look on your lips by testing it on the back of your hand.
If you’re looking for lustrous lippies, check out MAC’s complete Lustre Lipstick line. It has reds, pinks, brown nudes, and plum. The MAC Lustre Lipstick in Capricious plays between rose and plum and is great for your daily makeup. However, these are not long lasting. You need to reapply it after eating or drinking.
Beauty Insider Tip: Exfoliate your lips before applying the lustre lipstick. This way, you won’t need to build up layers of the lipstick just to conceal flakiness.
Satin Lipstick Finishes
This is the most popular lipstick finish among makeup lovers because of its easy-glide application. It has a high oil content, thus it never fails to moisturise your lips. If you have dry lips, forget about the mattes—this is the go-to lipstick for you. This won’t require much exfoliation before application. NARS’s Satin Finish lipstick line has 11 shades which leave your lips kissable the entire day.
Beauty Insider Tip: Line your lips with a lip liner before swiping your satin lipstick. This gives you fuller lips like Kylie Jenner’s.
Gel Lipstick Finishes
Gel lipsticks aren’t oil-based, which is why it’s really lightweight when you wear it. Its colours are also accurate—you’ll see the same colour on your lips as it is in the tube. This is so much better than a wax-based lipstick. If you can splurge on your lippies, Marc Jacobs Beauty has a line of sheer gel lipsticks that make your lips feel like royalty. A cheaper alternative will be NYX’s Plush Gel Lipsticks.