The matte trend is nothing new in the world of beauty. It started last spring with matte hair (hello, dry shampoo). Then, shine-free manicures kicked glossy gels to the curb this fall. As Spring 2014 approaches, matte lips will be taking center stage. If you're already dreading dry lips and bleeding color , don't worry: the new formulas are surprisingly moisturizing. And if you prep with quick scrub, a dab of balm and a light lining with a nude pencil, you'll have soft lips and and color that stays in place for the long haul.
So save the dewy look for skin. Here, our four favorite matte lip looks from the Spring 2014 runways -- and how to copycat them.
Orange Is the New Black
Well, it's the new hot pink anyway. The bright orange hue could be spotted rows away at many of the runway shows for spring, and has slowly been cropping up as the It color of the season with help from celebs like Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde. For a subtler, no-fuss approach to this neon shade, reach for Revlon's ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous (used to help get the look at Rag & Bone). The chubby pencil has a refreshing peppermint scent and contains shea, coconut and mango butters to keep lips hydrated and prevent cracking.
A Pantone-Approved Pout
When Pantone announced radiant orchid as the color of the year, we scoured through our beauty closet to find the most wearable shades. This high pigment matte pencil from BITE in Violet is a warmer, more wearable version of the icy lavender shade seen at Prabal Gurung. It also boasts all-natural ingredients and the powerful anti-aging ingredient resveratrol to protect lips while keeping them on trend.
Classic Red With a Twist
Old Hollywood red lips à la Marilyn Monroe never go out of style. And now celebs like Taylor Swift and Rihanna are trading glossy finishes for the modern matte look seen here at Altuzarra. Create the look for yourself by mixing NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dragon Girl and Pop Life. A thicker coat of Dragon Girl will give you a darker red. To lighten things up, add more of Pop Life.
If you find yourself gravitating towards darker lip shades, give the rich wines and burgundies of winter a break and go violet with MAC lipstick in Heroine. The vibrant shade seen here at Nicole Miller is the perfect pick-me-up when going from the office to happy hour with the girls -- no smoky shadows or meticulous cat eyes needed. Plus, the blue undertones make teeth look instantly whiter.