3 years ago, I first heard of the term “retro matte” through MAC Cosmetics’ most pigmented lipsticks ever, and I loved the deep effect that it gives on the lips. I dunno but I am still on this vintage or retro look & feel (especially in the 70s/80s) versus the strobed or the all-natural look. I have always loved Katy Perry’s and Kylie Jenner’s looks especially when they wear the neutral matte eyes, coupled with the ultra matte red / brown lip.
Especially on the lips! Matte lipsticks give me a deep and intense look (can be contoured with liners and some highlighters). In my OOTD above, I used the Matte Me liquid lipstick in Rioja Red, which is my most favorite red-orangey shade as of now, just perfect for my skin tone.
I published years ago a look on Break my Spell that is inspired by this trend it’s more focused on contouring. I will share to you a look that’s doesn’t include the typical red lip.
For the eyes, I chose the 3 different shades of neutral/brown colors from Sleek Ultra Matte Palette and Pink Sugar Eye Candy (middle colors in both palettes) which has great matte textures too. I did the usual eye contour shape for me, but placed some shimmers outside the eye socket to make it more deep and intense. I also placed a beige color on the waterline to further open the eyes, and the lower lash line to enlarge it.
For the face, there’s this new pressed powder from Sleek called Suede effect which makes the face extra-matte. Although i placed minimal highlight on some areas, the contour and powder should work to provide a deep, contoured effect.
Now to end this deep look, I used the new Retro Matte lipstick by MAC in Back in Vogue. It was just released and as usual, the pigmentation, consistency and matte texture: top of the charts! What’s different from the retro matte lippy is that this new format is more comfortable and wearable with decreased drying effect. Performance aside, the color is also just TDF – a coral neutral shade that does with any makeup color or look.
How do you pull off a retro matte look? below are more tips to achieve this look:
- Always pat face using an oil-control film to achieve a matte finish always
- Use lip liner of the same lippy shade to provide a fuller and deep lip
- Eyeliner, mascara and tighline for the eyes to get a deeper eye