Patt Your Lips Matt

Long gone are the days of the slick lip. This summer it’s all about the matt pout!


Let’s face it; we all feel a bit sexier and more glamorous with a sleek layer of lip gloss on. But the good feeling is often short lived. A burst of gale force wind and our perfectly styled tresses are sticking to our oil slick of a mouth, leaving our lippy and hair tarnished. And once inside away from the extreme weather, the shiny smile is still not safe. A swig of Pinot Grigio and there’s more Juicy Tube on the side of the glass than on our pout. Remember when Bridget Jones agonised over the decision of the G-string and the Marks and Sparks contour pants? Lip gloss brings a similar dilemma. The sexy sheen may increase your chances of a cheeky kiss, but once the lips are locked, your date ends up looking like Julian Clary at the Christmas panto.

But never fear. It’s now time to step away from the shiny yet sticky smile. The beauty looks on the SS13 catwalks mean for the trend followers it’s time for a less problematic look. And from the terrors just described, this may be a welcome change for all. It makes your lips look super hot too…

This season lip trends were more about texture than colour. From Burberry to Missoni, the runways were teaming with models such as Cara Delevingne sporting the matt lippy look. In shades of acid bright (Burberry showcased vibrant pillar box red lips for the first time ever), lips looked textured and seductive.

Coral textured lips at Missoni SS13

Coral textured lips at Missoni SS13

Matt Red Lips at Burberry Prorsum SS13

Matt Red Lips at Burberry Prorsum SS13

To get the look at home, pat a few layers of your favourite matt lip colour such as Nars Semi Matt Lipstick on with your fingers and blot with tissue paper. For the oh so stunning finale, dust a little translucent powder. You can also get the look by using your regular lipstick with a layer of concealer below to diffuse shine.

One problem with the matt look is that it can have the tendency to show off any signs of dry and chapped skin. To avoid this, exfoliate your lips gently. You can make your own exfoliator at home by mixing equal amounts of sugar and olive oil. Sugar is a natural exfoliant and olive oil a natural moisturiser so this mixture works a treat! Leave the mixture on your lips for a couple of minutes, then wipe clean with a tissue. Finish with a touch of Vaseline and allow to dry before applying your chosen lip colour.

Now you can pout (and more) to perfection whilst looking mega on trend!

As seen on the Avanni blog.

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