Matte’s in for Fall—Here’s How to get The Texture
Step 1: Moisturize
Adding a shine-reducing daytime moisturizer will prep your skin for makeup by absorbing oil. Try Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid ($39) or La Roche-Posay’s new Effaclar MAT Daily Moisturizer ($31)—the latter pulls double-duty by tightening pores, too! Super attached to your lotion? Apply Philosophy’s Total Matteness Serum ($40) beforehand.
Step 5: Set Skin
Again, you have options. Dust Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder Compact ($8) or Jouer’s Mattifying Translucent Powder ($30) over skin for a powdery finish, or try a makeup-setting spray. Dior’s new Airflash Matte Touch ($49) and NYX’s Matte Finish Make Up Setting Spray ($8) both soak up oil and mattify without covering your makeup.
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Bonus Step: Keep it Matte!
Now that you’ve created a shine-free complexion—keep it that way! Urban Decay’s De-Slick Mattifying Powder ($32) is a sheer, lavender-tone formula that blends into makeup on the go. Laura Mercier’s Secret Finish Mattifying Gel ($27) may look like primer, but it’s actually meant to be patted onto skin over makeup for mid-day touch-ups. Or try our office favorite: Tatcha Blotting Papers ($12).
We’ve been talking about matte skin for a while, but now that fall is officially here, it’s time to go shine-free. Need convincing? It might be easier to list the F/W 13 shows that didn’t feature matte skin than those that did. Just about everyone—Lanvin, Thakoon, Balmain, Chanel, Dior—ditched illuminator in lieu of opaque, but still healthy-looking skin. It’s easy to get the look if you’re armed with the right tools—all of which you’ll find in our step-by-step guide.
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Beautifully Matte Foundation,
Matte Finish Make Up Setting Spray,
Total Matteness Serum,
Dream Matte Powder Compact,
Effaclar MAT Daily Moisturizer,
Mattifying Translucent Powder,
Secret Finish Mattifying Gel,
Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer,
Sheer Matte Foundation,
Anti-Shine Foundation Primer,