Faded lipstick is no longer a makeup fail. This lived-in cherry stain doesn’t require touch-ups or teeth-checking. Pair it with fresh skin and you’ll be coasting from summer into fall.

By Chelsea Traber Burns
Updated August 23, 2017
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Thomas Slack
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Matte formulas tend to draw attention to dry flakes, so it’s worth the extra prep step to ensure a smooth canvas. Gently massage a sugar scrub into lips using circular motions for 30 seconds, then tissue off. Try Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Pink Grapefruit ($22; sarahapp.com) or DIY with one tablespoon coconut oil, two tablespoons sugar, and a half tablespoon warm water.


Since you won’t be covering your lips with an even coat of lipstick, it’s key to tone down your natural lip color. Doing so helps you get the true color you see in the tube, and it gives the lipstick something to grip onto, meaning it will actually last through your latte. Using a makeup sponge, pat a dab of your regular base (tinted moisturizer, liquid foundation) over your lips to create a thin veil.


Choose a matte stain or sheer liquid lipstick. Both sink into lips, leaving zero gloss or goop for a natural finish. The model is wearing Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Mineshaft ($26; sephora.com). Instead of applying lipstick from the tube, put a dab onto your index finger and press it into the center of your lips. Then softly blend it out to the edges for a diffused look.