7 Matte Foundations for a Shine-Free Beat
In a not-so-surprising twist, matte makeup is back and taking over our Instagram feeds. Don’t expect your favorite beauty gurus to rock perfectly shine-free faces, though. Many have been playing around with a more luminous take on the trend by experimenting with different finish combinations. Feel free to experiment on your own with dewy setting sprays or a more luminous base if you’re hesitant about giving the trend a try; it’ll help your skin to look more like skin while still delivering that airbrushed finish. We’ve rounded up the best matte foundations to try ahead — from the drugstore option with a versatile shade range to the luxe version we’d gladly empty our bank accounts for.
We love this drugstore foundation for its high coverage, versatile shade range and weightless feel. It also minimizes and blurs pores, making it easy to get that flawless finished look
This oil-free, long-wearing formula is beloved for its extensive shade range and natural finish. The coverage is also buildable, so you can achieve virtually any look with more or less product. A little goes a long way with this formula, so start with a small amount and work your way up.
Fans of the IT Cosmetics cult-classic CC Cream will love Confidence in a Foundation, which offers coverage and skin-care benefits like ceramides, squalane, peptides, hyaluronic acid and hydrolyzed collagen.
If you need your foundation to last all night (and day), we recommend Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Foundation — a long-wearing formula with a matte finish. It’s highly pigmented, so you only need a few drops to get the job done.
Powder foundation can be intimidating — especially if you have a dryer skin type – but its unquestionably great for getting an ultra-matte finish. If you’re considering taking one for a spin we recommend Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder Foundation, a versatile formula that can be used wet or dry.
We love a good luxe formula, especially if it delivers stunning results. Such is the case with YSL All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation, which offers buildable coverage and blurs the look of pores and fine lines. It also contains black tea antioxidants that hels to protect skin from environmental stressors like pollution.
This award-winning formula is loved for its high pigment, lightweight, second-skin look, which dries down to a velvet-matte finish that makes skin look airbrushed. We recommend this formula for combination to oily skin types, because it won’t move and break apart as oil production increases. Expect this one to last through the day and look flawless the entire time.