Matte, Balm, Gloss, Oil Or Stain: Which Lippie Should You Use?
They say you can never have too many lipsticks and we at CLEO agree. But with so many different types and textures of lipsticks out there how do you know which one is best for you? We’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of all the lipstick textures you might find out there so you can pick the one that works best for you… or the mood you’re in.
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For a delicate and subtle approach, a sheer lipstick is great for an everyday look. It gives you a thin layer of colour with a hint of sheen. Most sheer lipsticks have a higher oil content which means they are more moisturising than matte lip products, but it also means that you’ll have to have it with you at all times for a quick touch-up. We like the Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Sheer Lipstick, $76.
Cream lipsticks like the Sephora Collection Original Rogue Cream Lipstick, $19 are elegant and perfect for your simple professional make-up looks. The formula has better staying-power as compared to the sheer lipsticks but don’t expect them to last through the day (or night). Most cream lipsticks now can be found with a bunch of moisturising ingredients to keep your lips plump and soft.
Liquid lipsticks come in many finishes but are best known for their matte finish and staying power: you may only need one touch-up (usually after a greasy lunch). These can be drying on the lips but if you’re hosting a party, going to one or don’t have time to reapply throughout the day, liquid lipsticks are your go-to. The Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $29 gives you lasting colour without drying your lips.
A true classic, everybody has a matte lipstick in their arsenal. Matte lipsticks like the Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, $40 are basically all colour with none of the gloss and provide your lips with a smooth finish. It works wonders when you want to make a statement, such as bright red lips with a pared back look for the rest of the face. Matte lipsticks tend to be on the dryer side so a good tip to prevent cracked lips is to apply lip balm before your matte lipstick or to prep your lips with a lip mask the night before.
If you want a fresh look with a juicy pout, then a lip gloss like the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is the best option. The high-shine helps you with a more youthful look and makes your make-up pop. Newer gloss formulas now offer vinyl like shine minus the stickiness making it comfortable to wear even in humidity. You might still have to pull your hair off your lips on a windy day. But, still totally worth it.
Lip oils are perfect for pampering your lips while still looking fresh with a hint of colour. Many lip oils like the Dior Lip Glow Oil have nourishing ingredients that pamper and protect your pout from external aggressors. They have a high-shine and are more moisturising than most other lip products. We like the Dior Lip Glow Oil, $50.
One of the most versatile options, lip balms come in many shapes and forms, with a variety of scents and multiple colours. Lip balms are not only great as a standalone product but can be used as a base before your lip colour to keep your lips moisturised. For added benefits pick one like the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $36 that also comes with SPF to protect the delicate skin on your lips from sun damage.
Similar to matte lipsticks, lip stains are devoid of shine but a strong colour payoff that feels lightweight on the lips. As one of the most low maintenance lip products, you can just forget about it for the rest of the day and rest assured you’re still going to look good. If you love the K-beauty looks, lip stains are one of the easiest ways to achieve that youthful ombre pout. Our go-to is the Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, $31.
Not to be confused with lip liners, lip pencils like the Nudestix Intense Matte Lip Cheek Pencil, $41 are the chubby version that can sometimes replace your lipsticks. Lip pencils glide on smooth and are highly pigmented. When sharpened, you can use these to line your lips, apply it all over or use it to create a base so that your lip colour stands out more and lasts longer.
If you’re looking for a more defined lip shape, a lip liner will come in handy. Not only are they highly pigmented, they also help keep your lipstick from feathering out and ruining the makeup around your mouth. If you don’t want to spend too much on getting a whole bunch of liners, you can invest in a transparent one like the Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Ozone Clear, $32 a clear shade that is totally invisible and will go with all your lipstick shades.