Lipstick finish: how to choose the perfect one for you! April 3, 2020 by Brayden Hall

photo by Michela Marra MICHELA MARRA – MARCH 26, 2020


Do you know how to recognize the different lipstick finishes and how to find the right one? Read our guide

Choosing the best lipstick is not just a matter of look. In fact, lipsticks are also classified according to the finish , that is, based on the effect and the final result they once applied to the lips. The finish is the easiest way to define and recognize the type of lipsticks . Do you know how to choose the right one ? We will help you with our super practical guide and with some tips on the best lipsticks to try !

Creamy lipstick

The most common and widespread type: very smooth, often moisturizing, it generally has good coverage both when stick and if liquid . The result is rather lucid but not too bright. Easy to apply, it takes very little to cover all the lips.

Choose it if : you have lips that tend to dry out and you want an excellent lipstick for all occasions.

The recommended product is Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème . With an ultra comfortable and long-lasting formula, it is available in many shades!


Satin lipstick

Slightly less shiny than the previous one, it is halfway between creamy and very opaque lipstick. It has a very natural result on the lips and is perfect for any type of makeup.

Choose it if : you want a product that adheres perfectly and is slightly bright.

The recommended product is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick which moisturizes and enhances the lips, leaving them soft for a long time thanks to the oils of aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu.


Matte lipstick

In recent years this type of lipstick has been among the most popular. The reason is simple: it is the product that generally lasts most of all for a second skin effect on the lips. Once applied, the matte lipstick dries rather quickly, especially if it is stick (when it is liquid, it is good to wait about ten seconds to check the final effect).

Choose it s and: you want the lips to be the protagonists of the look and you don’t have problems with chapping or lips that tend to pull. In this case, better prevent using a scrub.

The recommended product is Pat McGrath Labs Matte Trance , a super pigmented lipstick that gives a light veil of opaque color for a modern matte finish.


Velvet lipstick

Neither glossy nor hyper-opaque: it is the lipstick that wraps the lips with a comfortable semi-matte finish.

Choose it if : you want a satin lipstick with a velvet effect on the lips.

The recommended product is Sephora Collection Cream Lip Shine with an intense and super pigmented color.


Sheer lipstick

Almost transparent, it gives a veil of modular color. Definitely less demanding than the previous ones, it is an excellent solution when you want to create a look that focuses on eye makeup or when you don’t like wearing the classic lipstick.

Choose it if : you don’t want a bold color on your lips and prefer the more moisturizing formulas.

The recommended product is Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer with shea butter and vitamin C.


Pearly lipstick

Very popular in the eighties, this lipstick has a more or less bright finish thanks to the microglitter contained in the formula.

Choose it if : you want a frosty effect. Be careful, however, to chaps: this type of lipstick could highlight them.

The recommended product is Natasha Denona I Need a Nude Lipstick with a soft finish and luxurious texture.


The Tints

They are liquid lipsticks; they leave an intense veil of color that must be eliminated with an ad hoc make-up remover. They generally have a matte finish and fit perfectly on the lips. After applying them, you can customize the result with a bright top coat.

Choose it if : you want a long lasting color.

The recommended product is Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint which has a precision applicator.