Super Matte Red Lipstick

Daria Strokous
Tao Okamoto
Sigrid Agren
Photographed by Emre Unal
Tao Okamoto
Daphne Groeneveld
Photographed by Charlie Newman for Paper Magazine
Ming Xi
Lee Hyun Yi
Liya Kebede
Kristen Stewart
Kiara Kabukuru
Kate Moss
Karolina Kurkova
Sui He
Karolina Kurkova
Jourdan Dunn
Liu Wen
Eliza Cummings by Alasdair McLellan
Joan Smalls
Photographed by Irving Penn
Dakota Fanning
Liu Wen
Photographed by Charlie Newman for Paper Magazine
Blake Lively

Last week, Camilla Blackett told us, “If you wear bright lipstick, people won’t really notice the rest of your complexion,” thus confirming our Gloffice-wide suspicion: when equipped with a Bold Red Mouth, you can get away with wearing nearly anything—a t-shirt and jeans, a baroque crown [7], or a bathing suit at the dinner table [27]. That BRM somehow pulls everything together, especially when the finish is velvety-matte, which gives the impression that you might not even be wearing lipstick, but rather that fire-engine red (or rich black-cherry) is your siren-calling, God-given lip color. In our experience (and judging from the above slideshow) non-shiny crimson can go grunge [2], sophisticated [19], accidental (i.e., wine-stained) [1], good [24], or bad (a.k.a. good) [15] on women or men of any lip size or shape.

Don’t believe us? Road test Top Shop’s new Velvet Lip in Velveteen Ribbon, a moisturizing, powdery-soft opaque color that will be tattooed on for the rest of the night, or the so-soft-we-can’t-believe-it’s-not-velvet MAC RiRi Woo that will make it through even the most unladylike of meals. Add dimension (really) by combining Nars’ exalted Velvet Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl with the slightly darker Cruella applied at the edges of your lips. With your mouth covered, the rest of your look can be as casual or as fabulous as you please—as if anyone would notice.

Let’s Talk About It! JOIN IN
  • Jackie @ Kleiden drew

    I have big lips and when I was younger, no one, including me, thought I had the right to wear bold lipstick. Cherries in the Snow and later, Nars changed that. Thank you for showing fuller lips and women of color.

  • Ambika Muttoo

    MUST have slideshow numbers 1, 2 and 3's shades. Anyone have any shade suggestions? And Re: NARS, I always tend to meander between Jungle Red and Vesuvio, the latter of which slicks on and really stays put!

  • Marleen

    I love a matte red lip! I hope I can get my hands on Riri Woo (I also love Ruby Woo), but I heard that MAC will launch a Viva Glam lipstick together with Rihanna. Hope it will be similar to Riri Woo, would save a lot of stress!

  • Shweta Shah

    Love it - the red matte lip is all over the D&G collection this year-

  • Leslie

    Gorgeous! Love the matte lip!

  • lucinda veen

    I recently bought the NARS matte lip pencil in Mysterious Red. It's a perfect matte blue-red, lighter than the berry-toned Cruella but darker than the nearly neon Dragon Girl. Such a shame that it's limited edition...

  • Sarah

    Although I love all of them, Tao Okamoto is my favorite! Amazing!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    One of my favourite makeup looks for Fall/Winter. So dramatic and rich. Hourglass Opaque Rouges are the best for this! xo

  • Erin

    I am hopelessly devoted to Nars Dragon Girl. Worth every penny.

  • Terri

    I grew up with a mother who always had impeccable red lipstick on at all times and I remember thinking she was glamorous. I've always felt a little self conscious rocking it myself but ever since I discovered matte red lipstick its become my go to. Best one I've found is Nars. A lot of them feel so drying and don't wear very well throughout the day.

  • Marie

    what lipstick could be on the 6th photo? it's simply the best shade I'm looking for. Also those lips are not bad ....

  • Jerrell // Style & Sucré

    One of my favorite matte reds is NARS Red Lizard! It works perfectly for my complexion.

  • Colomba Maria

    No. 20 is freakishly beautiful.

  • Duo

    Love this look! So sophisticated and dramatic. I love the shade in slide 7.


Velvet Lip in Velveteen Ribbon
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil Cruella

Dearest ITG Reader,

We're working on something new called Glossier. It's launching soon(!) and we want you to be the first to know updates.

xo, Emily