Matte skin doesn't have to mean flat or dull looking skin. We're looking at some of the tricks that the pros use to create a perfect, matte base.
Matte skin comes in and out of fashion. It's having a moment this season, but let's be honest, keeping shine at bay isn't really about runways or magazines. It's about our complexions, day to day and how to make them look good. Sure, we all love the idea of dewy skin, but in reality only a few people can pull it off for the day. For anyone with combination or oily skin, "dewy" has usually slid halfway down your face by lunchtime (taking your concealer with it!).
Going matte has its benefits, including a longer wear time and staying power. But as we said, we want matte not flat - so here are our top tips for mastering the look.
Long Wear Foundation
Most of the time, long wearing foundations will contain small amounts of powder within their formula. This is one of the ways they help to create a longer lasting base. For a matte, not flat complexion - apply a product like the Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage, blending it out to a finish that you like. Then, skip the powder. This might seem scary, but trust us, you'll find the foundation works hard enough on it's own!
Keeping skin hydrated is essential to stop it from overproducing sebum, so before primer use a lightweight hydrating moisturiser or oil to help balance water levels. When it comes to controlling shine, primer is the secret weapon. Our top tip is rather than covering your skin in primer, use it sparingly. Target places where you find your foundation starts to shine/split throughout the day. This will help you to achieve a more natural, evenly matte finish.
If you suffering with congestion, or worry about an uneven/bumpy texture, beware shimmery highlighters. They only draw attention to it. But that doesn't mean you can't use highlighter (we wouldn't be that cruel). Instead of shimmer, opt for light reflective creams such as Touch Eclat which bounce light, but won't accentuate texture. Similarly, a finely milled powder (one or two shades lighter than your skin tone) will lift features.
Do you prefer a matte finish? Or are you committed to dewy?