A Guide to Matte Lips


As fall is well on it’s way and winter is slowly creeping up the dark lipsticks are coming out to play. Not only are they dark but they are matte! I wanted to share how I prep, prime and recover from my matte lips! I find this system extremely effective at keeping my lips from falling off my face dry piece by dry piece (just a nice image for you, you’re welcome).

Prep: As you begin to do your makeup just slap your favorite lip balm on to allow it to sink in by the time you get to your lips. I personally use Nuxe Reve de Miel because it’s extremely moisturizing but it has a matte finish that won’t interfere with your lip products if you forget to blot the excess away. It keeps my lips hydrated for hours which makes wearing dehydrating lipsticks that much more bearable.

Prime: Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Pencil is my one stop shop to priming my lips. It’s completely translucent so it doesn’t leave any odd white cast on the lips. It creates a waxy barrier between the lips and the lip product which prevents your matte lipsticks from drying your lips out too much. The best part about this pencil is how long lasting it makes your lipstick. It creates a tacky base which allows you to swipe on your matte lipsticks with no dragging or patchiness. I find that my matte lipsticks are less prone to clumping or flaking off when I wear this primer. Hey girl…you’ve got some lipstick gunk on your inner lip. Hot. Not.

Recover: I think this is one of the most important steps when you’re wearing matte lipsticks on a regular basis. Once I remove my matte lipstick I like to take a cotton bud and dip it into my Vaseline Lip Therapy. I then like to roll the cotton bud on my lips pressing down quite firmly to remove any last traces of my matte lipstick while sloughing (ew) off any dead skin cells that may be clinging to my lips after their ordeal.

This may seem like a lot of steps but honestly it pays off. As long as I don’t show up to work on Monday looking like I went for a stroll through the Sahara I’m a happy lady. What are your tips and tricks to keeping your lips happy during the colder/matte months?


  1. Rae November 14, 2015 / 07:59

    Loved this post! I tend to have the problem with matte lipsticks that they really dry my lips out so much, so the Nuxe Reve de Miel sounds like a great solution!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Ellen November 14, 2015 / 08:16

      It’s really fantastic and it lasts for AGES! I have had mine for months and I use it on a daily basis!

  2. becky November 14, 2015 / 12:36

    I love that you included a “recover” step! Honestly my lips end up being SO parched after a day’s wear of liquid and matte lipsticks and they definitely need that bit of tlc at the end of the day. The Ozone pencil sounds interesting – it’s always been something I overlooked since I thought it was gimmicky.

    becky ♡ star violet

    • Ellen November 14, 2015 / 12:37

      I thought it would be gimmicky too but it really really works! Glad you liked it Becky 🙂

  3. Zauni. November 14, 2015 / 13:35

    Yes, matte lips are so much work/prep! I haven’t tried the UD lip pencil, but I know Smashbox has something similar and another brand too that I can’t think of. I might have to try one. Something I always do, especially because I love sharp lines when it comes to matte lips, is to go around the edges of my lips with concealer. It helps prevent the matte color from bleeding, but it also gives those sharp lines that I love.


    • Ellen November 14, 2015 / 15:35

      I really love sharp lines too but I always forget to do that! I really need to remember next time because it’s a great trick!

    • Ellen November 14, 2015 / 21:54

      You’re welcome!!! I do too!

    • Ellen November 15, 2015 / 15:52

      Thanks Barbara!

  4. Angela November 15, 2015 / 17:31

    I often avoid matte lips due to dry lips, but I’m going to try some of these tips! Thank you! x


    • Ellen November 15, 2015 / 18:07

      You’re welcome!!! Let me know how they work for you!

  5. Ela November 15, 2015 / 18:04

    I seem to skip all these steps and jump into applying matte lipstick then complain about it not looking good and being patchy. I haven’t seen that UD pencil before, it sounds like a perfect base for a matte lipstick. Next time I use a matte lipstick, I will try to use these steps and see how I get on with it.


    • Ellen November 15, 2015 / 18:07

      It’s so easy to skip the prep but it does make a difference! Let me know how they work for you!

  6. Sarah November 16, 2015 / 01:06

    I 100% agree with recovery!!! I think we’ve all guilty of skipping that from time to time too 🙂

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    • Ellen November 16, 2015 / 05:51

      Oh definitely! Especially after a long night you just want to go to bed but it’s definitely worth the extra 30 seconds!

    • Ellen November 16, 2015 / 21:42

      Hope it was helpful!!!

  7. Gemma November 16, 2015 / 06:42

    The NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm is my holy grail lip balm, it’s just amazing xx

    • Ellen November 16, 2015 / 06:55

      completely agree! It works better than anything else I’ve tried! And you get so much of it!

  8. Lyndsay November 17, 2015 / 13:57

    I always have issues with wearing matte lips! I’ll have to give these a try. Great post. 🙂

    • Ellen November 17, 2015 / 17:27

      Let me know if it works out for you! Thanks Lyndsay!

    • Ellen November 17, 2015 / 17:43

      Totally agree! I will never be without it again it’s just that good! Thanks Nicole!

  9. Adaleta Avdic November 21, 2015 / 23:13

    This is a beautiful and extremely informative step by step to the perfect matte or non matte lip and I thank you for sharing it because the step by step is important for all to know! Lovely pick of color 😉 I love the NARS lip pencils! xx, adaatude.com

    • Ellen November 27, 2015 / 11:45

      I’m so glad you liked it! I really hope it helps! The Nars Lip Pencils really are the best!

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