CW Make-up: The return of the matte
Well, glow be gone, there’s a new matte make-up revolution hitting town and we have the best tips and tricks on wearing it well, whatever your age and skin type
1. Skin prep is vital for keeping a flawless and poreless matt base. Use AHA serums regularly to remove dead skin build up, which cause patching or flaking, and can prevent a smooth velvet finish. I love Zelens PHA+ Bio Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads, £65 or Nataliya Robinson Quantum Botanika Clarifying Serum, £45 Clarifying Serum, £45.
2. A good primer will keep everything in place for the entire day and acts as scaffolding for your foundation. Opt for something smoothing for normal/dry or dehydrated skin; I like Arbonne Makeup Primer, £32, it prevents foundation being sucked up by parched skins, which can leave it looking patchy. Or if your skin is oily then try Matticlear by AlumierMD £52, which unlike some other mattifiers doesn’t go chalky on the skin, it just cleverly dissolves excess oil on the surface throughout the day.
3. Choose your foundation carefully. Not all are created equally, so it’s good to ask the counter for a tester to see how your skin reacts with it. Try Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation, £43 for full finish and Oxygenetix Foundation, £43.50 for buildable coverage (also great for skin prone to breakouts).
4. Apply like a pro. I like to use a damp beauty blender or makeup sponge – bouncing the product across the skin this way you can build the product to areas you may need a little more (generally T-zone) but still keeping it light.
5. Apply a superfine dusting of powder. For drier skin types, look for something with hyaluronic acids, such as by Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, £42 – as it moisturises instead of soaking up all your natural oils. Plus the new wave of powders offers a mix of mattifying qualities with just a little glow to let skin shine through. Try Laura Mercier’s new Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Glow, £29, it has a mix of highlighting radiance and skin refining properties.
6. If you need to re-energise and bring your matte makeup back to life then spritz with a hydrating mist throughout the day, try Skinceuticals Spray Toners, £23.99.
7. If you can’t get to grips with the new matte skin thing, then opt for a non-sheen nail polish or lip colour instead; try Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet No.5, £32, or Zoya’s new Matte Velvet Nail Colour in Iris, £13.