“Fresh Matte:” Spring’s Favorite Skin Finish—And How to Get It
As previously mentioned (on multiple occasions), minimalist beauty was one of Spring’s big, overarching trends, as clean complexions, sculpted contours, and, in a lot of cases, no mascara at all became the norm from New York to Paris. But within this new world of less-is-more makeup, a preference emerged for a particular skin finish that looks to have some staying power off the runway. Gone was the dewiness that typically comes with spring’s warmer clime; in its place, a bright, velvety texture that never verged on chalky. “Fresh matte” is how Pat McGrath described it backstage at Valentino, where she was channeling Dutch stunner Maud Welzen’s soft peaches-and-cream complexion. “A lot of people don’t want shiny faces anymore,” McGrath pointed out—and by “people,” she was referring to the laundry list of big-name designers and magazines that entrust her with face-painting duty each and every season. “When you’ve got HD cameras and sweaty faces, it just doesn’t work,” she rightly pointed out. The secret to achieving the kind of matte skin that still looks breathable and bright? Pulling out your powder compact after you’ve applied everything else, according to McGrath. That’s right—the makeup maestro actually blended in her blush, contours, eyes, and lips, and then swept on a veil of fine pressed powder.
We realize this sounds relatively crazy—especially to those of you for whom powder never even factors in to the equation (we’re with you). But the right powder just might make a believer out of you yet. Hitting shelves this month are two great options, from Hourglass and Make Up For Ever, that put a new spin on more traditional mattifying compacts. MUFE’s Pro Finish multiuse palette can be applied wet for a sheer satin effect or dry for a fuller matte finish that still reflects light, thanks to a formula bolstered by the minerals silica and sericite, as well as ximenia oil and aloe vera to ensure a smooth application. Hourglass’ new Ambient Lighting Powder filters out harsh, unflattering rays as well, using color-correcting particles in six different shades to reveal super-fresh, shine-free skin. Dust on liberally.
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