If there were ever a time for matte lipstick to come into its own, it's heading into autumn. A bright wash of colour streaked across lips may be all well and good in summer (especially with a tan), but anything too heavy in the heat is likely to smear its way all over your bruschetta or end up smudged into oblivion.
Autumn is a different kettle of fish, though. Autumn signals layers – knitted jumpers, long johns (just me?) and of course, the welcome return of matte lipsticks. If you've been holding fire on putting your favourite rich velvety lip colours to good use, you're in luck, because (for the foreseeable at least), the weather's back down to doable temperatures and, now that we're sloping toward crisper mornings, a soft matte lip is the perfect autumn accessory.
You know who does a cracking matte lip? Giorgio Armani. The brands' Lip Maestro in the cult Long Lasting Matte Velvet Texture gives precisely the sort of delicious luxurious finish that accumulates compliments. Now, conveniently timed for the cooler seasons, they've just launched a beautifully curated edit of 10 new opulent shades for autumn, the Matte Nature Liquid Lipstick collection featuring Acajou, a deep, burnt sienna, Cedar, a rust-toned red, Rose Clay, a grown-up, purple-toned rose as well as my favourite, Redwood a fire engine scarlet.
Beyond Armani, there's a whole treasure trove of top-hitters to create the perfect soft-matte mouth, whether you're searching for a warm shade to cosy up in or a nude to update your everyday makeup, you're bound to find it among our lineup of the best long-lasting, non-drying and liquid formulas...