How To Make Any Lipstick Matte

by Lindsey Rose Black

Can't get your hands on any of Kylie Jenner's latest matte releases? Worry not! I'm breaking down how to make any lipstick matte and it's easier than you think. And to any of my DIY-adverse friends out there, I 100% promise you're totally capable of this.

I've been swooning over matte lip colors since forever (errrr OK, at least since NYFW when the runways were full of them!), and love how they can transform a bare face into a dramatic and pulled-together look. The only problem? Most matte lipsticks I've encountered are either A) Chalkier than what's scribbled on sidewalk or B) Three sad words: Out-of-stock.

Fortunately, this simple mattifying hack turns your lips into a velvety-soft dream instead of a chalky tragedy every single time. Ready to try it?

All you'll need is your favorite lipliner, (non-matte) lipstick, and translucent powder. This trick takes all of two minutes to do and, once you get the hang of it, you might never purchase matte lipsticks again. Just follow the instructions below and prepare to find yourself in matte lippie heaven!

You'll Need:

Lip Liner

Lip Liner and Blending Brush, $3, E.l.f. Cosmetics

Lip liner is definitely my secret weapon for making sure my lipstick doesn't bleed out.


Lip Kiss Balm, $2, E .l.f. Cosmetics

Feel free to use any lipstick you like!

Translucent Powder

High Definition Powder in Sheer, $6, E.l.f. Cosmetics

You're going to end up using this for way more than just matte lips.

Now here's how to do it:

1. Start With Clean Lips

Make sure your lips are exfoliated and good to go.

2. Pop On Liner

Not required, but again, I find it helpful for applying my lipstick.

3. Swipe On Lipstick

I'm using e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Kiss Balm in Berry Sweet. I love the pink undertones in this red!

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4. Dab On Translucent Powder

Here's where the magic happens. Take any translucent compact powder (I used e.l.f. Cosmetics High Definition Powder) and lightly tap over lips. Smack your lips together to smooth everything out and ...

5. Smile

That's it!

Do beauty hacks even get any simpler?

Eat your heart out, Kylie Lip Kit!

Images: Author's Own, Courtesy of Brand