Mattify A Glossy Lipstick- A Step By Step Tutorial

Pro-tips to try if you don’t want to spend money on a separate matte lipstick.

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If your craze for gloss and shine has died down and you want to mattify a glossy lipstick in your collection instead of letting it dry out over time, we have some clever tips for you to make that happen. Purchasing a matte lipstick is easy, but the result can feel very dry for your lips. The following tricks to turn your glossy lipstick into matte can be a good option to avoid cracks. Kudos to glam plus healthy lips! Scroll down for more information.

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Alternatives: If you don’t have a makeup setting powder, talcum powder will do exactly the same.
  • Exfoliation: Exfoliation is a must to avoid chapped lips. You can use a lip scrub or a simple sugar and lemon juice scrub for the job.
  • Long Wear: Always use a setting spray after doing the lip makeup to ensure the longevity of the look.

You Will Need

  • A Lipstick of your choice – any glossy lipstick
  • A tissue paper
  • A sponge applicator/brush
  • Face powder (you can use a loose face powder or even your compact)

How To Make Your Lipstick Matte?

Follow these simple shine-reduction steps to turn your Glossy lipstick into matte.

Step 1: Apply Lip Liner

Start by prepping your lips with a lip balm/lip conditioner as this would make your lips soft and make the application of the lipstick effortless. Use a lip liner to line your lips. The lip liner can be a shade darker/lighter/similar to your lipstick shade. Ada Hsieh, a highly experienced makeup artist says, “Exfoliating your lips before color application will get rid of dead skin cells on the upper epidermis will ensure a smooth color application and longer lasting color. “

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Use a lip primer at this stage before you apply the liner to minimize the cracked and creased look that is common with matte finish lipsticks.

Step 2: Apply Lipstick

Apply the lipstick. You can choose to apply it either with a lip brush or directly by swiping the lipstick over your lips.

Step 3: Blot Your Lips

Once you are done applying the lipstick, take an oil-absorbing tissue paper and put it between your lips. Press your lips against one another over the tissue paper. You can also use a blotting paper as it soaks up the moisture from the lip color without fading the color out. Blot your lips with the blotting paper and reapply the color. Blot again with a clean tissue paper.

This simple technique will not only help to blot out the excess color but will also help in the process of mattifying your lipstick.

Step 4: Set The Powder On Lips

Here is a technique that will give you ultra-mattified lips.

  • Take a sponge applicator and dip it into the loose powder or compact, whatever is available. Pat off the excess powder from the applicator.

  • Now, apply the powder evenly on your lips. Ensure that you cover the entire lip area. Apply the powder evenly. Do not spread it too much as it can make the color get patchy and uneven. Another technique is to leave the tissue paper over your lips after blotting and apply loose setting powder onto your lips with a brush over the tissue paper. This is a cleaner technique to mattify the lips without having to clean up the powder if applied directly to lips.
  • Set the powder with the same sponge or with a flat applicator brush.
  • Press your lips against each other.
  • In case you want to intensify the color, apply a few more coats of the lipstick and repeat the above steps for a better tint.

Final Look


protip_icon Fun Fact
The world saw its first matte lipstick in 1984 during the launch of MAC, a Canadian cosmetic brand.

Your matte finish photo-ready lip makeup is done! Here is the final look.

Alexandra, a beauty vlogger, shares her experience of creating a matte lip look with a glossy lip shade. She offers the following tip: “The next thing you’re going to need to make your lipstick matte is translucent powder, and this is very basic, like you can use actually something that has color in it. I always prefer translucent just in case I’m using this with a lighter lip color so it doesn’t affect the shade… You don’t want to move your lip color around but you wanna press this powder in so that it can start to absorb that oil or whatever is making that lipstick glossy (i).”

Infographic: The Ultimate Tutorial To Mattify Glossy Lipstick

Looking for a simple way to transform your glossy lipstick into matte? We have created a detailed guide on the simple techniques and products needed to achieve a stunning matte finish, allowing you to explore various stylish and long-lasting lip looks. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more!

the ultimate tutorial to mattify glossy lipstick (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

This simple trick can help you achieve a flawless matte finish using any of your glossy lipsticks. The best thing about this trick is that, though it looks completely matte and shine-free , it does not make your lips dry or chapped, unlike matte lipsticks. Instead, your lips remain moist underneath the look. In addition, the powder application helps the color sit properly on your lips and helps it last longer — it will not come off easily even when you eat or drink.

We hope you find this article on how to make your lipstick matte useful. Try it and see the magic!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is matte better than glossy lipstick?

If you are going for a more formal or classy look, matte non-glossy lipsticks are ideal because they are typically regarded as more sophisticated and modest. On the other hand, glossy lipstick is better for a night out and casual meet-ups with friends.

How can I make my lipstick stay matte all day?

• Prepare your lips by exfoliating them.
• Apply a thin layer of balm and let it absorb completely.
• Apply lip primer, paying particular attention to the outer margins.
• Apply lipstick.
• Place a single-ply tissue on your lips and dust on some translucent powder. Carefully remove the tissue.

How do you make lipstick matte with eyeshadow?

Patting your favorite eyeshadow color over a creamy, glossy, or satin-finish lipstick creates a matte, long-lasting lip color. It works best if you match the eyeshadow color to the color of your lips, but you are free to experiment. For example, it’s a great idea to layer a bright color over a nude lipstick to create a pastel version of the color. Lip balm can be used in place of lip color just as well.

Key Takeaways

    • An easy technique you can use to mattify a lipstick is to use blotting paper.
    • You can also apply powder on your lips after applying a glossy lipstick to mattify it.
    • An additional coat of lipstick does the job if you want to intensify it.
    • The distribution of a setting powder should be even to prevent the color from getting patchy.
Mattify A Glossy Lipstick

Image: Stable Diffusion/StyleCraze Design Team


In this video tutorial, learn how to transform your glossy lipstick into a trendy matte finish. Discover easy DIY techniques for achieving a velvety, long-lasting look you’ll love.

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Ada Hsieh
Ada HsiehMakeup Artist
Ada Hsieh is a highly experienced makeup artist specializing in high fashion editorial and special effects makeup. She has learned directly from the masters in the industry like Danessa Myricks, Mimi Choi, and Lan-Nguyen Grealis.

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Jyotsana Rao
Jyotsana RaoBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care and has 4 years of experience on writing in these genres.

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Bhumika is a content writer with 2.5 years of expertise in crafting articles across diverse genres. She graduated from the University of Delhi and completed her post-graduation from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi.

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