We love a dewy base but there’s something incredibly satisfying about a velvet, matte complexion. Effortlessly flawless, matte makeup keeps you looking picture-perfect all day. But there’s a fine line between a smooth, velvety base and looking like you went a bit OTT on the powder. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. From primers and foundations to concealers and setting sprays, there’s an array of mattifying products to add to your makeup routine stat.
STEP 1: PREP & PRIME
Start as you mean to go on. When creating a flawless, matte finish, primer is key. Not only does it help to remove any excess shine, but it also creates the perfect, smooth canvas for your makeup. For normal to dry skin types, the Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer and the Lancôme Prep & Matte Primer are ideal for nourishing the skin, while improving its look and texture. If excess shine is your nemesis, Tom Ford Beauty's Traceless Soft Matte Primer is a makeup bag must-have. Looking to treat yourself? Gucci Beauty’s Mattifying Primer is the one for you. Infused with a blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerine and salicylic acid, this skin-loving formula controls shine, blurs the looks of pores and improves makeup wear. Sign. Us. Up.
STEP 2: APPLY FOUNDATION
As much as we love the glow of a dewy foundation, there’s something so satisfying (and cool) about a matte base. Luckily, the days of thick, cakey formulas are behind us. Now, we’re spoilt for choice with a spectrum of hybrid foundations that deliver long-lasting, flawless coverage. For makeup that won’t budge, Estée Lauder’s iconic Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is a must. If you’re after something a little lighter but still matte, NARS’ Velvet Matte Foundation Stick delivers a second-skin finish that's still breathable. Plus, it’s infused with SPF 30 – music to our ears. Oily skin? Check out Clinique’s Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, a lightweight gel-cream texture that provides a mattifying finish and feels as comfortable as wearing nothing at all. For a bit of luxury, you can’t go wrong with Tom Ford’s Traceless Soft Matte Foundation, packed full of hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, it’s a real treat for the skin.
STEP 3: CONCEAL
We don’t want any imperfections ruining our flawless finish. Cue the concealer. Trying to erase any trace of a late-night? NARS’ Soft Matte Complete Concealer and Benefit’s Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer are your best friends. Delivering full coverage, both formulas cover everything from heavy-duty circles to blemishes and discolouration. For something a little less hard-hitting (but still effective), Armani Beauty’s Power Fabric Concealer provides a thin, comfortable, second-skin feel that lasts all day. Looking to hide your imperfections while treating them? Infused with antioxidants, to help nourish and protect the skin, MAC’s Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer is a must.
STEP 4: SET
Time for the touch-ups. There’s nothing more annoying than spending 25-plus minutes on your makeup, only for an unwanted layer of oil to melt it away. For the on-the-go, we’re obsessed with Gucci Beauty’s Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel Beauty Powder. Complete with an ultra-soft sponge applicator, it’s perfect for those hard-to-reach areas. Arguably the queen of setting powder, Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder is a weightless formula that delivers buildable coverage with a multi-dimensional matte finish. Take your makeup from day to night with YSL’s All hours Setting Powder. Offering up to 24hrs of matte wear, it’s ideal for a night out on the town. It’s no surprise that Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish is a favourite amongst celebrities and makeup artists. Ft. hydrating rose wax and almond oil, it moisturises the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and preventing excess shine. To lock it all in, Urban Decay’s All Nighter Ultra Matte Makeup Setting Spray is a must. A weightless formula that absorbs excess oil while controlling shine for an ultra-matte finish that lasts up to 16 hours.
SETTING POWDERS & SPRAYS