This Anti-Trend Lipstick Is the Key to Creating a Timeless Lip

Right now, it seems like the lip look is a glossy one. Lip gloss is back in full force, baby. I, for one, never thought I'd see a Lancôme Juicy Tubes renaissance in my future, but here we are. And I'm not complaining about it.

But although I've been experimenting with various lip glosses and oils recently, I've decided I will never stray from my tried-and-true matte lipstick. Sure, I might reach for something glossy from time to time, but my go-to is always a matte finish. It's not exactly on-trend right now, but I think the look is 100% timeless. The finish looks so sophisticated and grown-up, and I instantly feel put-together whenever I have a matte lipstick on. In fact, sometimes when I'm especially lazy about doing my makeup but need to look like I actually did it because I'm going out or have something for work, I'll apply some matte lipstick, mascara, a touch of blush, and a brow product, and I'm all set. No need to do a full face when I've got a bold lip on. I find that the product really elevates a look.

Plus, can we just talk about how matte lipsticks seem to be invincible when faced with beverages and food? Those types of lipsticks have staying power all night long. Have I sold you on them yet? Take a look at Who What Wear editors' favorite picks below.


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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

YSL Beauty The Slim Velvet Radical Matte Lipstick

Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

Mented Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick

Dior Rouge Dior Refillable Lipstick

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

Juvia's Place The Nude Velvety Matte Lipstick


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Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lipstick

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse

Westman Atelier Lip Suede

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Matte Lipstick

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Lipstick

Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick

Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick

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Managing Editor

Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.