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Matte Skin is IN!

matte skin trend

Photo: Mondadoriphoto, IMAXtree.com/Davide Gallizio

It’s official- dewy skin is out, and matte skin is in for Fall 2013! This season is all about elegant and fresh looking faces. For those of you who gasp in horror at the matte skin trend, it really doesn’t mean you have to look chalky and overly powdered. As we’ve seen from the runway, this year’s trend is more about clean, perfected complexions.

To achieve this look, you need the following products:

The matte skin trend is not about “matting” everything down. It really depends on your skin type and what parts of your face have a tendency to get shiny. For oily skin, you typically need to focus on the forehead, nose, and sometimes the chin. For dry skin, it’s more important to have a good moisturizer first. Otherwise, a mattifying powder will literally suck all the moisture out of your skin, making it look dry and flaky. To prevent it from appearing too powdery, you should moisturize your skin first and let it completely absorb before applying any makeup.

Apply your Face Primer first. To achieve matte skin, you want to stay away from using liquid products like BB Crème or Liquid Hydration. Those will give you the opposite effect and your skin will look more hydrated. Obviously, that’s a good thing for most of us. But for the sake of this trend, it’s better to skip that step and stick to your loose mineral foundation. You can apply your foundation with the Dome Brush to get a light dusting of minerals. Then, finish the look by applying either the Invisibly Matte or Matte Finishing Powder. You don’t need to dust this all over your face! Only focus on the areas of your face that tend to get shiny. If you’re not sure, think of photos taken with the flash on and if you’ve ever noticed any reflection on your face. On me, it’s always my forehead that gets the most shiny.

Next, you can add some warmth by applying a matte blush or bronzer. When you’re going for a matte look like this, you want to avoid shimmer on your cheeks. As far as the eyes and lips go, shimmer is OK. Having a combination of textures on the face will give you a more modern overall look. Otherwise if you go completely matte all over on the face, lips, and eyes, people will think you’re stuck in the 90s. Not good. If you want people to know you belong in this decade, keep the matte within reason!

Give it a shot, and have fun with this trend!

Your humble makeup blogger,
xo Kate