#1 Innisfree Creamy Tint Lipstick in Refreshing Cocktail Orange
$20, available at all Innisfree stores
If you’re afraid of matte lipsticks looking completely flat on your face, then go with that has a slight velvety sheen like Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lipstick. It also leaves a light stain on your lips, so you don’t have to worry too much about the product fading. Just remember to exfoliate well before putting this on, as matte lipsticks are known to be unforgiving to dry patches.
#2 M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Persistence
$31, available from July 31 at all M.A.C stores and counters
M.A.C’s matte lipstick in Persistence is a great my-lips-but-better shade for medium to dark skin tones. The peach-brown shade will last about five hours, and through a light meal.
#3 Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood
$33, available from August 20 at all Sephora stores
Sometimes, all you need is a pretty red lip to brighten up a moody day. When that happens, reach for Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood. This blue-based red lipstick is office-appropriate – not too dark, nor too bright – and helps to give the illusion of whiter teeth, which is always a plus when you’ve got to meet people on the job. Of course, picturing yourself walking beside queen Taytay’s supermodel army in the office works, too, even if they’re completely unrelated. We can at least dream, right?
#4 3 Concept Eyes Dangerous Matte Lip Colour in Dusty Coral
$24, available from August at all Sephora stores
3 Concept Eyes’ Dangerous Matte Lip Colour in Dusty Coral will brighten light to medium complexions, especially if you’ve got a yellow undertone. Wear it as a gradient lip to serious Monday meetings, or full-on as you approach casual Friday.
#5 Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipstick in Barely There
$35, available at all Elizabeth Arden counters
This pink-beige shade is a safe natural nude. You’ll want to get this one if you’re prone to dry lips. This buttery-smooth lippie boasts a moisturising formula containing mango, shea and Murumuru butters to keep your lips feeling comfortable throughout the day.
If you love matte lipsticks, you’ll know how important it is to exfoliate beforehand. Here’s how to get rid of dry, flaking lips. Don’t forget to put a good plumping base on before your lipstick, too!