Stay Matte

Skin, nails, lips, even clothes and shoes can be matte, you just have to know how to keep it under control.
Matte skin is usually easy to achieve but, if you do it wrong, it will end up a disaster. First, start with an oil-free, possibly shine control if you have oily skin, moisturizer my favorite is the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer. Next, use a oil-absorbing primer, all over your face or just on your T-zone. Never use too much foundation, tap over your entire face with your fingertips or a beauty blender to blend it well. If your foundation feels too cakey, wet a makeup sponge so it is damp and dab it all over your face.  My number one foundation which rarely looks close to cakey is the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation!  For the powder, lightly sweep it all over your skin, focusing on oilier areas like the nose and forehead!  My favorite powder is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder!
Next, matte lips. This one you can just use a matte lip stain and be done with it, or you can use your favorite lipstick color in a matte finish. If you have a shade you love but it’s not matte, simply tap some white powder over! First, rub a warm towel over your lips to get rid of any flakes. Apply a light balm, let it soak in for a minute then wipe off what is extra. Use a lip brush to apply your lipstick to have more control over the precision of the color. Powder your lipstick slightly with a white powder to give it the matte finish. You can also use a liquid lipstick that dries into a matte finish, like the colourpop ones.
Last is… matte nails! First, buff your nails, I like using a 4 sided nail file. Next, apply your matte polish in very thin coats. If you don’t have a matte topcoat, heat a pot of water, then hold your freshly painted nails over the steam to give it an extra boost of matte-ness. Make sure to only do this for about 3 seconds, you don’t want wet nails.


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