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Winter gives us many gifts...coats, gloves, glam layers, cute hats and an excuse to huddle inside. We can also use Winter to our beauty advantage too, using richer, deeper colors and treating our skin to nourishing products and treatments. But today, let’s talk about lips. Winter is the perfect time for bold, opaque, unapologetic lips, and matte lipsticks are the ideal tool. 

We’ve chosen a selection of the best matte lipsticks to treat yourself with this Winter! 

Why choose a matte lipstick?

Matte lipsticks are long-wearing and last for hours if they’re applied smartly. If your idea of a matte lipstick is a drying, uncomfortable, “plaster-feeling” mess, don’t worry. So many brands have started to make their matte lipsticks with amazing new formulas to keep the lips matte and hydrated. Matte lipsticks provide full, opaque, pigmented color to create a statement look. You can always layer them with gloss to change up the texture throughout the day and into the night. 

How to prepare lips for a matte lipstick?

Gently scrub 

Matte lipsticks are generally rather unforgiving of dry, flaky lips. Take a flannel or face cloth, wet it, and gently scrub the lips with little circular movements. You can add a little bit of oil or lotion to make the process a little easier if you wish. 
As an alternative to the good old face cloth, you can make a lip scrub by mixing together sugar and olive oil. Stand with your face well over the sink to avoid dropping crunchy sugar and oily mess all over the bathroom floor (and your clothes). Rub the mixture into your lips and wipe the excess away. You’ll be left with fresh, tingly, full and moisturized lips without a trace of dry skin. 

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When moisturizing your face with your usual cream or lotion, don’t neglect the lips. Rub what’s ever left on your hands over your freshly-exfoliated lips. This is a good rule of thumb to remember for everyday beauty, matte lips or not. 

Add balm 
Next, add a rich lip balm to soak into the lips as you do the rest of your makeup or get dressed before adding the final lippie touch. 

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Give your balmy lips a decent blot with a tissue to remove any excess balm which may interfere with the texture of the lipstick. 

Apply your lippie, either straight from the bullet or with a brush…(btw, I’m a total “from-the-bullet” girl due to being lazy). 

Now, blot the lips with a tissue again. This will take the top layer of the lipstick off and leave a stain, almost like a primer layer. 

Apply again 
Apply another coat of lipstick over your initial layer, this will intensify the color and lengthen the lifespan of the lipstick between applications. 

Our favorite picks for the ultimate matte lipsticks for Winter 

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Matte Lipstick 

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Long lasting
Super pigmented
Amazing range of shades
We LOVE “Ruby”, the richest matte red for all skin tones 

NYX Professional - Suede Matte Lipstick 

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Super affordable
Cute packaging
We love “Spicy”, a warm, browny, plummy, reddy...gorgeous shade for Winter 

Dior - Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick 


Amazing packaging
Semi-matte finish (so great for those who aren’t into full matte)
Rich colors full of pigment
We love 999 “Ultra Dior” - a perfect true red. We also love 870 “Ultra Pulse”, a rich berry shade for pinky, purply Winter looks 

Estee Lauder - Pure Colour Desire Rouge Excess Lipstick 

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Luxurious gold packaging
Not full-matte but semi-matte with a lean toward satin 
Great for dry lips 
Intense pigment so you only need one swipe to get the full-coverage color
We love “Seduce” for a semi-matte nude lip 

Sisley - Le Phyto Rouge 


Super hydrating with hyaluronic acid for a plumping effect 
Gorgeous gold packaging with animal print
Amazing shades
We love 21 “Rose Noumea” for a feminine, nude-pink-mauve Winter feel 

Pat McGrath - MatteTrance 

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Incredible packaging (black and gold!)
Soft and super comfortable to wear
Full matte 
We love “Candy Flip” for a pop of coral to heat up Winter 

Mac - Matte Lipstick 


Amazing scent
Bold, pigmented color
We love “Diva” for a deep, dark, Winter look 


Treat yourself to a new matte lipstick to brighten up (or deepen?) your Winter beauty look. Or, get a few shades...a bold red, a deep berry and a nude to cover all bases. Find a lip balm you love and apply it with abandon. Remember to keep those lips exfoliated and fresh to get the most out of your velvety-matte lips. 

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