Model Carolyn Murphy. Photo: Getty
Just when we thought it was time to pack away the powders and roll out the low-maintenance lip and cheek stains for summer, the beauty world throws us a curve ball. Less chalky, more velvety, it’s all about wearing saturated pops of colour on the lips and nails for impact.
In order to keep the pigment looking punchier matte lipsticks are formulated with fewer emollients (oils) which tends to make them extra drying. For long-lasting coverage, always prep the lips first with a quick buff using a soft toothbrush before applying a slick of clear lip balm.
If you’re new to matte lipstick, you can’t go wrong with Bobbi Brown’s latest creation, the Creamy Matte Lip Color. Unlike most matte lip products that are tricky to layer, this one glides on like a tint making it perfect for reapplying on the go without it wearing looking flaky.
My vote goes to the classic red number called Red Carpet, $44, bobbibrown.com.au.
Hot tip: you can give a regular lipstick the matte treatment simply by pressing a tissue onto the lips and dusting a loose powder over the top to knock back the shine.
The Nail Files
Rather than splurging on a wardrobe of matte polishes it’s best to invest in a matte top-coat that you can use to transform your glossy formulas with a velvety finish.
Just remember, matte top-coats were made for playing up moody shades like wine-red, navy and black. Plus they also work a treat layered over metallic numbers for a modern French manicure.
ck one limited edition dark matter collection long wear + shine nail color in suede, graphite and coal, $20 each.