What is a Matte Liquid Lipstick and How Do You Use It?

There’s certainly no shortage of lip products on the market, which can be equally amazing and confusing. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide which would be best for you. But, fear not, Maybelline New York is here to help. If you’re looking for something that packs a pigmented punch, is long wear, and comes in lots of colors, you’ll love our Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick. Read on for everything you need to know about this trending formula.

What is matte liquid lipstick?

In terms of a traditional bullet lipstick, a liquid formula is thinner and you apply it like a gloss with a doe foot applicator. But just because it’s liquid and in a tube similar to a gloss, that doesn’t mean that it compromises on color. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. The Moodmakers collection of our Super Stay Matte Ink comes in nine highly saturated colors from a vibrant purple named Euphoric to a punchy orange-red named Energizer with some lovely nudes and neutrals in between.

As for the matte texture, it dries down to a beautiful velvet finish that doesn’t dry out your lips or feel uncomfortable like some matte liquid lipsticks can. Plus, our Super Stay Matte Ink formula offers up to 16 hours of budge-proof, transfer-proof wear so that you don’t have to constantly worry about reapplying.

Matte Liquid Lipstick

Apply liquid matte lipstick like a pro with the help of Maybelline's Super Stay Matte Ink Moodmakers lipstick.

How do you apply matte liquid lipstick?

Preparation is key. Liquid lipsticks– especially matte formulas– cling to the lips and may show imperfections, so it’s important to start with a clean slate. You can use a lip scrub, create a DIY exfoliator with sugar and water, or even use a tissue to buff away any dead skin ahead of your lipstick application.

Because it comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator, you can use that to apply the color. Super Stay Matte Ink’s precision applicator comes to a point that make it a breeze to apply to your lips. But if you don’t have the steadiest hand, it may be helpful to apply a lip liner first. Then, you can use the lines as your borders and essentially color with your liquid lipstick formula in between.

If super bold lipstick isn’t for you and you’d prefer more of a wash of color instead, you can achieve that, too. Simply dab the doefoot applicator onto your lips to get a little bit of lipstick on your lips and follow that by dabbing your finger over top. This allows you to sheer out the pigment and will create a subtle stain thatl lasts all day.

Throughout the day, you have the option of adding a balm or gloss should you want to nix the matte look and go for a shinier finish instead. The possibilities are endless!

How to use matte liquid lipstick in a bold makeup look

1. Get Your Foundation Fix

If you’re going for a statement lip look, you won’t need too much other makeup, but it’s always a good idea to set the scene with flawless skin. A combo of Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer under the eyes and SuperStay Longwear Liquid Foundation on the rest of your face should do the trick.

2. Add Some Color

To wake up your complexion a little bit, dab on some Cheek Heat Blush in the shade of your choice. If there’s a matching hue to the one you’re going to wear on your lips, that pairing can make for a nice monochrome moment.

3. Brush Up Your Brows

To create some balance– since you’re going to be rocking a strong lip– it’s important to make sure that your brow are full and fluffy. Fill in any sparse spots with Express Brow Shaping Pencil, then set hairs in place with Tattoo Studio Brow Styling Gel.

4. Perfect Your Pout

Now, it’s time to let your lips have their moment. Choose whichever Super Stay Matte Ink Moodmakers color is for you– maybe go with the name that inspires you most: there’s Meditator, De-Stressor, Pleasure-Seeker, Motivator, and more.