matte velvet No. 32 la ravissante

The M’s have it this month: Marathons, Mad Men and Matte Lipstick.
Well I’m sticking with yoga but hat’s off to the 36,000 who’ll be lining up this Sunday for the London Marathon – Green Park will never have looked so good! Betty with brown ‘helmet’ hair and Peggy in knee socks makes me a bit nervous about the Mad Men frenzy at the moment so I’m hoping it’s Megan’s 60’s ‘free spirit luxe’ influence that rubs off this season – that and Joanie’s v. grown up, classic red, matte mouth.
My recommendation for perfect matte red is Chanel Matte Velvet No. 32 La Ravissante and here are my 5 top tips to make matte lips work – because it’s really easy to get it wrong. Matte for 2013 is lush, seductive and serious not dull, flat and dated.


  1. Exfoliate your lips – DIY with some granulated brown sugar in a little liquid honey, gently work into lips at night as part of your routine and you’ll be matte ready in no time.
  2. Moisturise – whatever lip balm you use now just double the dosage, good old Vaseline Lip Therapy works wonderfully.
  3. Use a lip liner – once your lips are in great condition the trick to good matte is keeping it all in one place. Use lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick, line the contour of your mouth and then fill your lip too. This gives your matte lip a great base and it means you get strong shape without a nasty, hard outline.
  4. Use a lip brush – in my Mad Men fantasy world I can just whip out my pristine lipstick and slick it on. But on planet reality the perfect matte mouth is precise and that means a good Lip Brush. Not only do you get a neat finish, you can colour build so you have the density and richness that are matte essentials.
  5. Concealer trick – bleeding and feathering at the edge of your lips will kill your matte look instantly. Prevent any possibility and lightly blend the tiniest bit of concealer (with a brush) round your lip line – defines your finished mouth and fixes your matte lip for longer.


I love a strong, red lip but if it’s not your colour there are plenty of alternatives with the same matte signature. Choose pinks wisely though, they are very 60’s and very on-point this summer but can look wrong if the colour’s too chalky or sweet – go for more natural pinks. And the rouge noir’s are dramatic as ever but watch out for Goth tendencies, never good.