From skin to lips, shimmer-free matte makeup has never been hotter—but breaking into this type can be a little intimidating. However, with the best matte makeup tips, your transition to the shine-free side of makeup is even easier. Consider this your ultimate guide to wear matte makeup.
Skin: Matte-based products give your skin a good satin-finish, so you can pull off the fresh-faced look which is all about perfected skin. Begin by prepping skin with an oil-controlling primer to both control shine and give you a beautifully smooth surface on which to apply your makeup. Next, look for a foundation that is oil-free and contains ingredients that will soak up skin’s natural grease.
Finally, finish with a mattifying powder to set your makeup and further bust shine. The type of finishing powder you choose is largely determined by your personal preference, but your best option is one that gives a beautifully natural, shine-free finish.
Blush: The concept of matte blush may seem dated, fortunately, there is an easy way to make matte blush totally modern, and it is all in the placement. Instead of using the blush underneath or along your cheekbones, lightly dust the color onto the apples of your cheeks—which are the parts that get chubby when you smile. Blend well with a good quality brush for a soft flush that works with your matte skin instead of against it.
Highlighter: Highlighting matte skin can totally upgrade your beauty look to celebrity status; you just have to be a little more careful with your products. Stick to powders instead of creams or liquids, and focus on formulas with a soft, rather than super-shimmery finish.
Eyeshadow: Earth tones are some of the easiest matte colors to wear, because they are subtle yet elegant, and far less difficult to handle than pastel purples. Start with a matte eyeshadow that is one shade lighter than your skin and apply it all over your eyelid with a fluffy brush. Then choose a complimentary shadow two shades darker—a shade in the brown family—and apply along the crease of your lid, blending well. Voila! The easiest matte eye makeup ever. You can even blend your eyeliner with matte eyeshadow in a similar shade for a sexy, smokey look.
Lipstick: Matte lipstick is a classic, but it is not always the easiest to wear—shine-free lip color can make it really obvious if your lips are dry, chapped or bitten. Instead of cursing the heavens, prepare your canvas and make your lipstick feel amazing on your lips with this genius trick. Begin by exfoliating your lips well with a dry toothbrush.
Move the brush in small, firm circles until your lips start to tingle, then apply a coat of lip balm. After a few minutes, wipe off most of the balm and apply the matte lipstick overtop. Not only will this prevent your kisser from getting stained, it also makes these lipsticks a lot more comfortable to wear without affecting their finish.