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There's no doubt that matte lipstick with its smooth texture and clean finish suits all skin tones and looks polished and directional. It's a key element in a well-stocked makeup bag and gives you the opportunity to update your style quickly and easily. Plus, matte lipsticks are notoriously long-lasting because they are super pigmented with a rich colour payoff that’s irresistible.   

Prep & Prime 

The only downside to matte lipstick is that it can highlight dry areas if lips are not well hydrated. Luckily, this is simple to avoid with a little bit of prep and prime. We recommend applying a lip balm before bed and throughout the day when you're not wearing matte lipstick. Keeping lips hydrated in the long term will prevent cracks, peeling and patchy lipstick. It also means your lips will be in great condition and will look smooth and healthy whether you choose a liquid lipstick, lip gloss or even a subtle nude lipstick. 

Outline & Fill 

To ensure a crisp outline, and avoid any smudging, first line your lips with our Dessin Des Lèvres Lip Liner. The creamy formula goes on smoothly and helps to prime lips for long-lasting lipstick while ensuring that a precise application of lipstick is easy as you simply fill in the outline. When long-lasting lipstick is the goal, you can also fill in your lips with your lip liner as this will give your lipstick something to cling to and provide more colour depth. 

For an ultra-precise finish, try this makeup-artist-approved trick with the world renowned Touche Eclat Illuminating Pen. Simply trace your Touché Eclat around the outline of your lips to help define and enhance the sharpness of the lipstick. The illuminating formula of this unique concealer will also brighten the lip area, creating the appearance of fuller lips. 

Choosing Your Matte Lipstick  

How to choose the right shade? Well, it depends on what you're looking for - maybe an everyday bright red? A perfect nude lipstick? Everyone chooses differently which is why we offer so many lipstick formulas and shades. We think it's important that you choose a lipstick shade that speaks to you and makes you feel happy and confident. You can always use our virtual try on service to try on any colour from our shade selection. 

Our matte lipstick formulas

Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Lipstick

This bestselling matte formula comes in a wide range of shades and is easy to apply on the go thanks to the slim, square bullet. The corners help to shape the lips and get an even application of lasting colour. Highly pigmented and comfortable to wear, this creamy, long-lasting lipstick has a leather matte finish.

A velvet matte finish defines this creamy, long-lasting liquid lipstick which feels like a soft lip cream while delivering intense all day colour. It comes with the now iconic Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Lipstick angled applicator which has a wider and more cushioned surface for high precision application in one soft creamy stroke. 

This creamy lipstick combines highly pigmented colour with a soft, velvety texture to deliver a long-lasting, semi-matte finish. Enriched with three silky oils this long-lasting lipstick feels weightless with a comfortable, full coverage finish. Available in 18 runway ready shades from plush nude to rich red and burnt orange. 

Longevity Boosters  

While all of these matte lipstick formulas are designed to give you long-lasting colour, you can boost the staying power of any lipstick with our Top Secrets Makeup Setting Spray. This 2-in-1 fixing spray hydrates your skin and sets all your makeup in one quick mist. 

If you would like a little extra help finding the right lipstick, whether that's a matte liquid lipstick, a long-lasting lipstick or a lip product that enhances your natural lip colour, we recommend booking in for a virtual 1:1 consultation with one of our makeup experts. Our YSL Express Service allows you to achieve your desired eye look, perfect lip shade, or ask your expert any makeup-related questions.  

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