Dewy skin is of course a summer staple, but not all of us can maintain dewiness for long periods of time without venturing into oily territory. Lucky for us oily-skinned gals (and trend-driven beauty girls everywhere), the matte look is back in a big way. To nail the look, it is has to be deliberate. We’re talkin’ all matte everything. We turned to professional makeup artist Tara Shakespeare for Contour Fossa to help us create this matte magic.
- Start with an oil-free mattifying primer like The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It.
- Apply a full coverage foundation with a matte finish all over.
- Set the foundation by pressing — not dusting — pressed powder into the skin. You can use one that matches your skin tone or a translucent one like Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder.
- Use a soft, natural blush to add color and dimension to the face without looking harsh. Lightly dust a warm shade like Lancôme Blush Subtil in Blushing Nude across the cheeks.
- For the perfect canvas, conceal and powder the entire eyelid.
- Apply a light-colored matte shadow, like Walk of Shame from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, to the brow bone, center of the lid and inner corner of the eye.
- Use a fluffy brush to blend a darker shadow, like the crease color from the Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadow Quad in Chai Latte, into the outer corner and crease.
- To keep it totally matte, use a small precision eyeliner brush and dark brown or black eye shadow to define the eyes with a thin line of color close to the lash line.
- Use a sponge to dab cream concealer all over the lips.
- Apply your favorite matte lipstick. We kept it understated with the pale bubblegum pink color of Lancôme Color Design Lipcolor in Pink Preview.
- For the final mattifying touch, dust the lips with loose powder.
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Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography
Hair and Makeup: Tara Shakespeare for Contour Fossa
Model: Melanie Thompson