Lipstick 101: Finishes


Painted lips are a Vixen must have. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect shade, pause to think about the kind of finish you want. Avoid the frustration of choosing unflattering lipsticks by learning all you need to know about the most common formulas. The makeup authority MAC Cosmetics teaches makeup novices how to ‘speak’ lipstick through their range of finishes from matte to a glaze. We’ve chosen to break down the four most common lipstick finishes for every occasion.


Matte lipstick offers no shine but delivers the best color payoff. Matte formulas aren’t creamy and smooth, in fact most women find them to be drying. Matte lips tend to flatter older women more as there is no shine and sparkle to pool in fine lines. MAC’s Ruby Woo is a favorite among Vixen’s like Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna and June Ambrose.

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