We’ll be the first ones to say one can never have enough lip products in their makeup bag. From matte lipsticks to shiny lip glosses, there are so many options for painting your pout! We aren’t normally the type to pick favorites, but we’d have to say we’re pretty partial to a product that combines elements of all of the above: matte lip gloss. Yes, you read that right. Matte lip gloss is a thing, and it just so happens to be one of the latest lip makeup trends we can’t get enough of. What exactly does this hybrid entail, and why is it a must for your collection? Read on for everything you need to know.
WHAT IS MATTE LIP GLOSS?
It’s understandable you may be a tad bit confused—how can the words matte and gloss be used to describe the same product? Well, matte lip gloss happens to be the best of both worlds, perfectly combining our favorite aspects of matte and glossy formulas. Simply put, matte lip gloss has the same liquid formula of a lip gloss, with the staying power of a matte lipstick. Sound up your alley? One key question might still be lingering in your head: What is the finish of a matte lip gloss? Instead of having a totally flat finish like a matte lipstick, this type of gloss has a satin finish that’s completely free of shimmer.
4 TIMES TO ADD A MATTE LIP GLOSS TO YOUR MAKEUP LOOK
Now that you know the deal with matte lip gloss, you may be wondering the best times to wear one. Below, we’re sharing a few noteworthy occasions to paint your pout with a matte gloss!
Wear a matte lip gloss when…you want a long-lasting lip look.
Wear a matte lip gloss when…you want a bit of gloss, but not a high-shine finish.
Wear a matte lip gloss when…you want a comfortable lip look.
Wear a matte lip gloss when…you want to try something trendy.
OUR BEST MATTE LIP GLOSS
And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Drum roll, please! Allow us to shine the spotlight on our very own matte lip gloss, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss. Our best matte lip gloss, the whipped formula has a lush, velvety texture that feels soft for all-day comfort. The gloss is available in 10 high impact shades, ranging from Hollywood red to deep plum. And with the pro-sculpt applicator, it’s easy to shape and add dimension to your lips.
HOW TO WEAR MATTE LIP GLOSS
Ready to put our best matte lip gloss to use? Follow the steps below for flawless application!
STEP #1: EXFOLIATE YOUR POUT
Regardless of your lip product, it’s always a good idea to prep your pout by using a lip scrub. This will exfoliate dead skin cells and create a smooth, soft surface for your matte gloss. No flakey lips here! Apply the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub to dry lips with your fingers, then massage onto your pout in circular motions with wet fingers. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
STEP #2: HYDRATE YOUR LIPS
Sure, matte lip gloss is ultra-comfortable on your lips, but it’s always a good idea to moisturize prior to applying a lip product, just as you would in your skin care routine. Smooth a lip balm over your pout before your final step.
STEP #3: PAINT ON YOUR GLOSS
Grab the tube of your favorite matte lip gloss shade—it’s time to put on your gloss! Apply starting in the center of your upper lip. Then work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Finish by gliding the applicator across your bottom lip and filling it in. Perfecto!
Now that you have the scoop on matte lip gloss, you’re likely anxious to add it to your makeup bag. Before you do, it’s a good idea to make sure your bag is organized and has room for a new product (or two!). For a few organization tips and tricks, head over to our article, How to Organize Your Makeup Bag Like a Pro.