How to make any lipstick matte - beauty DIY

I have a confession to make… I’m an absolute sucker for the latest beauty trends. After all, we are in the age of YouTube sensations and 1-minute Instagram tutorials. Balayage: check. Mastering the art of winged eyeliner: check. Buying all of the matte lipsticks available: major check. I have a lot of lipstick colors in my drawer that don’t fit the matte bill. That doesn’t make them less beautiful, but right now I’m head-over-heels for that velvety look. Instead of letting my non-matte lipsticks go to waste, I decided to do a little research on what I could do to incorporate them into the mix. So I thought it would be fitting to address a question I’ve found myself asking a lot lately—is it possible to make an ordinary lipstick matte?

The answer is yes, you can make an ordinary lipstick matte (yay!). All you need is your favorite shade of non-matte lipstick and a few beauty products that you may already have in your makeup drawer. Keep scrolling to find out how you can transform your lipstick into this season’s hottest beauty trend…

Beauty hack: how to make any lipstick matte

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • translucent powder
  • tissue
  • makeup brush
  • your favorite non-matte lipstick
  • corresponding lip liner (optional)

Here’s how to do it:

1. Line your lips with your lip liner pencil. This step will help ensure that your finished look will last through wear and tear throughout the day.

2. Apply your non-matte lipstick on top of your lip liner. If you’re a perfectionist like me, I’ll sometimes line my lips again after I apply lipstick so that my lines are as sharp as possible.

3. Take your tissue and separate the layers so that you have one fine sheet.

4. Lay the single tissue sheet over your lips and, taking your makeup brush, dust your translucent powder over your lips. By placing the tissue between your lips and the makeup brush you are essentially filtering the amount of powder applied to your lips. It’s best to start small and build up so that you can reach your desired texture without over doing it.

5. Remove the tissue and dust the translucent powder directly onto your lips one final time.

Viola! You have now created a rich, velvety matte texture without breaking the bank on new beauty products. I love a good DIY makeup hack, don’t you?

Will you be trying this matte lipstick beauty hack?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments if you do!

Team LC

  • I love this trick because it is WAY less drying than just using a matte lip.. love it!

    xoxo Mollie

  • Loving matte lips, and I love that this trick makes your makeup collection more versatile!

    • LaurenConradOnline

      You’re so right Sarah! There’s no use tossing all of your great colors just because the texture isn’t as popular at the moment!

  • Wow, great tip!

    xo, Carey

  • Thanks for sharing these tips – I am obsessed with matte lips and have to try it out! 🙂

    • LaurenConradOnline

      We’re so happy you liked these tips! Let us know if you try it out! 🙂 xo

  • This a great tip! I love matte lips at the moment!

    xo, Liz

  • Loving the tips <3 Matte lips are very difficult for me, but with these tips, hopefully, I can create the look easier 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Jessica

    Not a big make-up user but I have gotten into lipsticks and I love the matte trend right now, especially on nails!

  • I would have never thought of this! It’s worth a try, that’s for sure!

    Brittany |

  • Sara

    Used to do this in middle school with my nude lipstick mainly to keep it from smudging =) I’m in my mid 30s so it’s nothing new to me but it is definitely something I forgot about doing. I’m excited to try this again.

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  • This is SO helpful! Thanks!

    x, Sam

  • Queens Lyfe

    Great to being that Matte is in, and you don’t have to get a whole new lipstick wardrobe to be apart of the trend. But If you are in need of a new matte lipstick visit

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