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Friday, 20 December 2013

mastering matte makeup

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estee lauder double wear foundation, kevyn aucoin sculpting powder, laura MERCIER mineral powder, Kate Moss matte lipstick, Barry M matte nail polsh, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

I’m a matte kinda girl. I like the matte look that is low shine but doesn't look dull or chalky. The perfect time to embrace matte makeup is during the winter months, it was all over the catwalks this season. So ditch the dewy skin and the glossy lips. Heres my picks for mastering matte makeup.

Matte Foundation: I think a big turn off for people when using matte foundation is using too much. Hence why it often looks cakey, dry or mask like. My matte foundation of choice is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, applied lightly with a buffing brush. A little really goes a long way and it gives a stunning flawless matte base without losing any of the glow from within.

Matte Bronzer: The most natural way to contour your face is to use a matte powder a few shades darker than your skin. Most importantly choose a tone that’s going to look natural on your skin. You don't want something too orange or muddy as it won't look natural.

Matte Powder: When it comes to powder again, less is totally more. You want to use a small brush to precisely add powder to the areas your skin needs it. Avoid the cheeks and dust onto the T-Zone. By using a small brush, you’re applying less product and also just adding powder to the areas that get oily.

Matte Lipstick: When it comes to matte lips you want something creamy without being drying. Generally Matte lipsticks don’t fall into that category. Satin like finishes like the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks are perfect for this because they are matte but also have a good amount of slip to stop them from looking dry.

Matte Nails: Matte nails are as simple as choosing your favourite nail polish and adding a matte top coat over it. My pick of matte topcoat would be. The Barry M Winter nail collection of Matte polishes is also so on point Essie Matte About You. My personal favourite is Barry M Matte in Espresso, a classic matte black. So chic.
Have you embraced the Matte Makeup trend?


  1. I love matte make up! I've accumulated a few lipsticks from the Kate Moss matte collection and Barry M's Expresso and Crush!

    Amanda x

  2. I am planning up a matte post for my blog at the mo, but you bet me too it! Love matte nails + lips the most

  3. This is such a good post as I also love matte makeup! I use exactly the same technique as you for foundation, I don't bother with lip products just a bit of vaseline or something to keep them moisturised.

    Gemma xx

  4. I recently got a matte lipstick and I am NOT a fan!!! x

  5. I love the matte look all year round, i'm using the Clinique stay matte foundation at the moment but I need to try the Estee Lauder foundation! xx

  6. I love matte lipstick! I like our point about not wearing too much matte foundation that is something that always puts me off.


  7. I love using matte bronzers and lipsticks, they're so flattering!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  8. I've always gone for matte make-up, because I am pale the 'dewy' look really doesn't suit me!

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

  9. The Barry M matte collection is brilliant :)

  10. What pump did you put on the EL DoubleWear? I'm looking for one that fits.

  11. Matte makeup looks amazing all year round, or that's just how I think it is. I kind of think matte makeup is the way to go. And to be quite honest, I love everything matte. It just seems better, I'm odd that way haha

  12. I love the matte look, so pretty for winter! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  13. I love matte make up for this time of year! The hourglass liquid lipsticks are my favorite matte at the moment!

  14. The Barry M matte polishes are so good

  15. I'm so obsessed with the Kate Moss lipsticks, my collection is getting out of hand!

  16. ive been loving matte makeup recently, great post!


  17. i definitely prefer matte makeup - especially the lips!

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

  18. Love matte nails and lipsticks, but I don't like the Kate Moss ones very much. Especially 107 which is the shade everyone goes on about!

  19. I love matte makeup. I just love a matte red lip.
    Miss Bows

  20. No foundation has the potential to beat double wear!

  21. I think I need to pick up a matte top coat soon! x

  22. You forgot to include which matte topcoat you like!

  23. I have never tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, but would love to give it a go.
    Becka x

  24. ahh i do love matte makeup :)

  25. lovely post

  26. Matte make-up is amazing, really want to try matte nails too though!

    (i am also running a chanel giveaway on my blog)

  27. I only have one Barry M matte polish and I LOVE it! Need to get my hands on some more *_* a matte black polish can do little wrong haha
    Also I love how gorgeous and chic a matte polish can look ontop of a glossy one (like in a polka dot pattern for example) so simple but so pretty!
    The Blushing Giraffe| The Blog Loving

  28. I love matte makeup! I've been wearing one of those Kate Moss lipsticks a lot lately, they're great!! :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

  29. Where did you get Estee Lauder Double Wear with a pump?

    Erika Nagode

    1. its a mac pump, they fit inside the EL bottles


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