4 Reasons We're Absolutely In Love With Matte Makeup
When you wear a matte foundation, use a slightly luminous, creamy blush. When you're sporting a glowy base, use a fan brush to apply a matte blush for a sheer dusting of color. Combining the two finishes—matte and luminous or glowy and matte—adds dimension, says Los Angeles makeup artist Pati Dubroff.
We like: MAC Powder Blush ; $22.
Matte shades give the eye more definition than shimmery ones, says Dubroff. They're also a better option if you're concerned about fine lines, which shimmer may emphasize. (To add a little brightness to your new look, you can lightly apply a shimmery shadow on the browbone.)
We like: Sonia Kashuk Six-Pan Eye Palette , $14.50, in Color Euphoria.
Matte lipsticks used to contain mainly wax and powder, says Sarah Creal, creator of the Estée Edit by Estée Lauder. But new formulas include oil, so you get a matte finish without feeling uncomfortably dry. The most flattering way to wear a matte lipstick? As a stain. Apply the color (avoid nude shades, which can appear flat) to the center of your mouth and blend it toward the edges, says Dubroff. Note: It's a good idea to apply a hydrating balm first to keep lips smooth. Let the balm sink in before applying your lipstick, or the finish will become glossy.
We like: The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Mattified Lipstick , $22, and L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss ; $7.50.
Prep first with a moisturizer, especially if your skin is dry. The key to applying matte base: Use a light touch and focus on the center of your face, says Dubroff. Dab foundation under your eyes and around the sides of your nose and mouth with a makeup sponge, then blend it out toward the hairline, ears, and jawline.
We like: Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 , $44, and Maybelline New York Dream Velvet Foundation ; $8.30.