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This is How to Wear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Woman with curly hair applying lipstick in the mirror

These days many of us are avoiding lipstick. Truly, who needs to look cute when half our faces are hidden by masks and we’re all WFH? However, if your lips are desperately begging for a pop of colour, a matte liquid lipstick checks all the boxes for delivering on long-lasting pigment while staying smudge-proof.

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To rock a matte liquid lip, you first need to ensure your lips are moisturized. This is essential because, despite the claims that your fave formula won’t dry out your lips, it’s always good to prime your lips with some balm. A smooth base will make for an easy application.

The second tip is key to making your lip last – do not, do NOT rub your lips together after swiping on your lipstick. You need to give it time to set and dry, and smacking your lips will increase the chances of it looking patchy, which isn’t a cute look.

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To help you select your next lipstick, here are the best liquid lipsticks from Nyx, Fenty and more that will withstand not only your mask, but eating, drinking and talking on Zoom calls.

The lipstick that packs great colour

Fenty liquid lipstick
FENTY BEAUTYStunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color$33

On everything but a new album, Rihanna always delivers. This lipstick is cruelty-free and long-lasting, and the shades Uncensored and Uncuffed look great on every skin tone. The pointed bottle makes it easy to find in your bag whenever you reach for it.

The affordable favourite

Nyx soft matte lip cream in redin
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NyxSoft Matte Lip Cream$11

This affordable, smooth lipstick is a cult fave for a reason. It goes on creamy and melts into a beautiful matte finish. There’s also a colour that looks good on everyone, with 21 different shades.

The longest-lasting lipstick




Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink™ Liquid Lipstick
Shoppers Drug Mart
MaybellineSuperStay Matte Ink™ Liquid Lipstick$13

If you want a lipstick that won’t budge, this one from Maybelline wins. The pointed applicator makes for a perfect, precise application every single time and has lasted through hours-long wear tests.

The lipstick that doesn’t feel like lipstick

Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick
Rare BeautyLip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick$26

This creamy lipstick has a weightless feel that’s so effortless, you won’t even remember you have it on. Also, the delicious fuchsia shade adds a pop of pink that is perfect for summer.

A classic that looks good on everyone

Nars powermatte liquid lipstick
NARSPowermatte Lip Pigment$34

No touch ups are needed with NARS’ Powermatte Lip Pigment. It goes on creamy but dries quickly and won’t budge once it’s on. The shades come in that perfect brown-y pink that looks like you put on your lipstick without trying too hard. Can you say effortless?

With all these lipsticks, you can kiss boring makeup looks goodbye while safely knowing that your colourful pout isn’t going anywhere.

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