View Full Version : Matte Lipsticks?

04-18-2004, 01:59 PM
A character I plan to dress as has a very distinct lip shape and color, yet he doesn't wear lipstick. I've been able to mostly simulate this via using lipstick to color in a new lip line, but then my lips are shiny. To make the lips look more "natural" and reduce the gloss (the gloss also is the most shiny along the edge of my natural lip line, which ruins the look I'm going for), I pat eyeshadow on the lips. While this gives the right look, it also makes my lips VERY dry and uncomfortable, and they actually started to burn after awhile.

So my question is - does anyone know of any lipsticks that have a matte look to them? No shine, just basic color? The only other thing i can think to do is use a lip pencil and color in the entire area, but that seems like it might be pretty tedious.


04-18-2004, 02:10 PM
If you are creating a distinct lip shape, you could use lip liner which typically isn't shiny. It will hold longer then most lipsticks, and you will have a bit more control drawing the lip shape. Just color all of your lips in with the lip liner. It shouldn't take that long.

Also you could use lipstick designed for the stage which is typically matte. In the basic Ben Nye makeup kits, they include a matte lip color that you paint on with a brush. I'm sure the sell it separately. Just go to your local costuming store, and ask what kind of lipsticks they have. Ask for lipstick designed for males- it gives just a little bit of color so your lips don't disappear under stage lights, but doesn't look completely obvious that you are wearing lipstick.

Cheap lipsticks are also matte. Check out Wet and Wild.

04-18-2004, 03:12 PM
yes, I would say to use a lip liner thats just like a normal lip color, then if there is part of your lip that is still showing you can use make-up to cover it.

04-18-2004, 05:50 PM
One of the mattest lipsticks on the market is still the Revlon ColorStay. it is extremely dry and matte.

another option are those "lipstick mattifying" products that come in a tube. They act both as a sealant and and matte down the color at the same time. If you have a color that you already like, this may be a good option for you to look into. Check out: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P38222&shouldPaginate=true

Cheap lipsticks are also matte. Check out Wet and Wild.

i've found the opposite - Wet n' Wild lipsticks are really greasy and gross on me; in addition to smelling like ass -_-'

04-19-2004, 02:43 AM
Yardley has a range of matte lipsticks called "Paint and Go".But I think colourstay lipsticks may be best since they seem to stain your lips and you can always apply a lip balm over it during the day without messing up the lipstick.

04-19-2004, 03:22 AM
It's not that tedious to use a lip pencil instead of lipstick and they're less smudgy if you're drawing a lipline that's different from your natural one. If you hold the pencil at an angle it's pretty quick to cover the whole area. It gets really dry though, so I put some Chapstick on first and reapply later as necessary.

04-30-2004, 11:25 AM
Gah! I hadn't gotten any notices in my email about replies, so I thought my thread had just died!*laughs*

Thanks bunches to everyone for replying! It's great to know I can apply Chapstick over and under some of the methods mentioned here - I tend to be a Chapstick addict!*laughs*

Again, thanks so so much! I'll definitely look into the options you've provided me with.

05-11-2004, 01:24 AM
For a quick "matte-ing fix" (particularly with cheap glossy lipstick that seems to "grab" onto any hair blowing around my face), I've used colorless setting powder over the lipstick.