Summer has come and gone, leaving hot weather sheen and popsicle-colored balms in its wake. However, a fresh crop of products has arrived for fall, ushering in matte textures in soft, flattering, and wearable finishes. “Once fall sets in, I prefer natural matte formulas on skin and lips for a more sophisticated look that pairs well with cashmere sweaters and denim,” says Robin Black, celebrity makeup artist and global creative director of Ideation Beauty. Black lists a statement-colored powdery lip and velvety skin as simple ways to try matte makeup this season.
If you’re debating ditching the dew-enhancing products and trading in your summer-time shimmers for something different, we rounded up our tips for making matte makeup part of your routine.
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How to Wear Matte Makeup
Matte makeup can be intimidating because it takes a little more effort than simply dabbing on dewy cream and highlighter. “To achieve a matte foundation and skin look, you should start with mattifying skincare,” says Black (her favorite is the new Saint Jane Luxury Pore Smoothing SPF 30 ($38), which gives a natural-matte effect).
Ideally, a matte primer will blur pores and moisturize while imparting a soft finish that will set the stage for a complimentary foundation. In terms of building the look, Black says there is no hard and fast rule, meaning you can keep everything uniform or experiment with different textures. “For a more classic look, pair matte with matte,” she says. “Or get creative and mix mattes with satin or glossy finishes.”
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