Can Matte Skin Work in Real Life?

Welcome to our new feature, ask an artist! We’re kicking things off with Wendy Rowe, the British makeup genius behind Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, more Vogue covers than you could possibly count, and a stellar blog, she also consults for Burberry’s flourishing cosmetics collection.

I've read that matte skin is really popular for fall, but I don't want my face to look flat or dull. Do you have any tips to pulling it off?

The skin trend for fall is not ultra-matte, it's more of a satin-matte finish. You have to remember that what you see in catwalk shows is sometimes taken to the extreme and it's not about copying trends directly, but taking elements of the trend that works with your own skin and tailoring the look to you. For example, if high-waisted dresses are in fashion and you don't have the right body for that look, you wouldn't wear them. You have to think about beauty trends in the same way.

A satin-matte finish stems from the consistency of your foundation—not an increased use of powder. (Yes, powder will mattify your skin, but you’ll also lose your highlights and there’s nothing natural-looking about that.) Use a long-lasting liquid foundation with a satin-matte finish and just powder through the T-zone to avoid looking flat or dull. My favorites are Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Foundation ($48), Estee Lauder Double Wear Light ($37) or NARS Sheer Matte Foundation ($44). More suggestions, above!