Despite my well publicized lip gloss fetish, I usually like to start off the work day with a berry-tinted matte look. Here's a peek into my morning lip routine:
First and foremost, I swear by Benefit's fabulous Lip Plump product, available from Benefit for $20. A silky, creamy lip foundation, it does a wonderful job of smoothing out the surface of your lips and provides a great neutral base for whatever color you choose.
Next, I outline my lips with a MAC Lip Pencil in either Burgandy (for red days), Beet (for plum days) or Chestnut (for brown days). Available from MAC for $12.50.
Finally, I apply my one-color-fits-all Origins Berry Lip Pencil, available from Origins for $12. Matte, but moist, I think the berry color does a great job of blending whatever liner color I choose for that day and gives me all the color of lipstick without the heaviness.
For a $45 investment, these three products last for months and give me three different colors to play with for different outfits. Let me know if it works for you!