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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Matte Lipstick Every Single Time

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My love affair with a good matte lipstick goes deep. I accidentally stumbled upon them after years of using lip gloss when I bought an NYX Holiday Lip Vault; 40 tiny tubs of colors to try in all varieties: gloss, gel, and matte. I rocked a bold matte lip to work every day simply because I realized matte stays on longer!

My love affair with matte lippies started with NYX, and today I have a collection to call my own (Tarte, NYX, Fenty, etc.). While I found my go-to lip colors with trial and error sessions through 40 lip colors, you don’t have to because we’ve got you covered with a quick guide on how to find your perfect match! We know, the struggle is REAL!

[Read Related: ‘7 of the Most Flattering Colourpop Shades for Brown Girls’]

What’s Your Skin’s Undertone?

Your skin’s undertone can determine what matte lipstick will suit you best. Most people fall into one of two categories: warm or cool. Those with fair skin usually have cool undertones, and those with olive or tan skin have a warm undertone. Those with a mix of both fall into the “neutral” category.

If you have a pink, red or bluish hue to your skin (if the veins in your wrist look blue, or you tend to burn before you tan), you have a cool undertone. If the veins in your skin look green, and you tend to get tanned easily, then you most likely have a warm undertone. Those with a neutral undertone can wear lip colors of both undertones (lucky you!)!

Matte Lippes for Cool Undertones

For cool undertones, lean towards lip colors that have a bluish-purple hue. Here are some of the ones that you can try this spring and summer season!

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[MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in “Pink Plaid Matte Lipstick” | Photo source: MAC Cosmetics]
[MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in “Retro Matte Flat Out Fabulous” | Photo source: MAC Cosmetics]
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[Colourpop Ultra Matte in “CREEPER” | Photo source: Colourpop]
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[NYX Matte Lipstick in “Shocking Pink” | Photo source: Amazon]

Matte Lippes for Warm Undertones

For warm undertones, lean towards the lip colors that have red and/or orange hues. If you are looking for a daytime color, then try a light, pale shade of a matte lipstick; try a more bold or bright lip color for a night on the town.

Here is a list of matte lippies you can rock right now, for y’all with those warm undertones!

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[NYX Matte Lipstick in “Eden” | Photo source: Amazon]
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[NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in “Cruella” | Photo source: Sephora]
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[NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Soft-Spoken Mauve Nude” | Photo source: Amazon]
[Illamasqua Matte Lipstick in “Maneater” | Photo source: Illamasqua]
And just before I sign off, here’s one more tip for all you ladies who love a good lip color without any cracks and flakes: Hydrate your lips every time!


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