While dewey, shimmery makeup makes sense for those balmy summer days, matte makeup is really pretty as the weather starts cooling off.  The key to a flawless matte look is a well moisturized face.  Any flaking will be more noticeable and powdery finishes highlight cracks.  So start by establishing a good moisturizing routine.  Don’t skip the night cream and apply moisturizer at least 10 minutes before putting makeup on.  For supple lips, use a lip scrub or soft toothbrush to gently (and I mean gently – you don’t want to rip the delicate skin on your lips) buff away any flakes.  Immediately follow with a good lip moisturizer.

For this look, you’ll have to shelve the shimmer.  Start by blending a mattifying primer on forehead, cheeks and nose.  Pick a foundation that has a powder finish, or use a mineral base powder with a little coverage.  Dot concealer on blemishes and under eyes. Keep lids bare and pack on the mascara with a bright pink, red, or dark lip.  Make sure lips are flake free before applying a matte lipstick.  To get extra staying power without a lip pencil, apply a coat of lipstick, blot translucent powder on top and finish with another layer of lipstick.  If you’re feeling sallow, add a little bit of powder blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Keep this look modern by making sure your hair has a lot of shine.  Make it sleek by pulling the hair back in a high ponytail using a little gel to keep flyaways at bay.  Or, if you want to keep it down, add some hair oil or shine spray to keep strands from looking dry.


From Top Left:
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet
Phyto Professional Wet Gel
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel
Nars Velvet Matte Pencil
Tarte Matte Lipsurgence
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Concealer
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

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