It’s time to shelve your summer shimmer for the look of the season matte makeup. The idea needn’t sound daunting using a matte palette doesn’t have to be dull or flat as the name may suggest, with these fabulous takes it’s easy to see why. Here are some tips for you to tweak & perfect your matte look this season.
Perfect Matte Skin
Your one stop beauty counter for matte foundation this Autumn should be Sleek MakeUp. From the lightest porcelain to the deepest chestnut skin tones you can find the perfect colour-match for you with Sleek’s Oil Free Créme To Powder Foundation. You’ll find The formulation is not only oil free for those troublesome skin areas but also has built in concealer helping you to save a whole step in your beauty routine. It glides on as cream and transforms into a flawless matte powder finish that is perfect for creating a truly seamless base. Choose from 17 shades.
Muted as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim
The Nude Lip - Lip Balm Treatment in Rain £17, NARS
Working in perfect harmony with a muted face, you can also keep nude lips matte this season. Simply apply a small amount of concealor patted over the top of the balm & you’ll have the desired matte finish. As well as creating the perfect muted shade, the lip treatment will leave your lips kissably moisturised.
Mod Lashes – Eylure Naturalites False Eyelashes in 040 £4.85, Superdrug
Ayako, NARS’ lead makeup artist, created the look by placing false lashes on the outer half of the bottom lash line. For a look that’s effortlessly fab and less Alex DeLarge avoid lashes with the fibres densely placed. Eyelure’s Strip Lashes in 040 are the perfect set, specifically designed for under eye use they’re lighweight & the glue provides excellent adhesion for prolonged wear.
Vintage as seen at Dolce & Gabbana
Perfect flicks – MAX FACTOR Masterpiece Glide And Define Eyeliner in Smoke £6.49, Boots
Aptly named Max Factor’s new Glide & Define Eyeliner, takes the hassle out of creating flicks, an easy to use applicator that can win over the unsteadiest of hands is all that we ask for. The formula is long lasting with great depth of colour.
Nothing says fresh faced better than a well suited blusher. For this look opt for a next-to-natural shade for a natural finish. For pale to warm & olive complexions Bourjois’ Pastel Joues range of blushers have a wonderfully velvety finish that’s perfect for complimenting your matte look. For Asian & brown complexions, IMAN’s luxury makeup not only provides cosmetics to suit all amongst her range you’ll find the best colour match to suit your skin tone without the dreaded ashen look.
Siren Pout – Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick £6.49, Boots
A classic red pout never fades out of style & for Autumn 09 every shade imaginable was on displayed on the runway. Whether you opt for a siren red or plum finish as seen at Dolce & Gabbana, the perfect hue is waiting for you with Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipcolour. Boasting a rather sensational 26 shades (48 in the US) the colours are grouped into pinks, plums, reds & naturals. Each boosted with nourishing honey nectar for a creamier feel & crisp colour derived from pure colour pigments. Try 315 Rich Plum to emulate the look seen at D&G.
Sheer Colour - Sleek MakeUp POUT POLISH £3.91, Superdrug & independent salons
Take a break from fully painted lips with Sleek MakeUp’s new POUT POLISH , a tinted lip conditioner that provides a sheer gloss finish. Each slender pot contains highly conditioning shea butter, almond jojoba & avocado oil to deeply nourish your lips topped with a hint of vanilla flavour. It also adds the perfect polish over your favourite lipstick.
80′s Luxe as seen at Chloé
Contoured Face – Sculpting Powder £16, MAC
This luxe 80′s countoured look is not for the faint hearted. It screams luxury, glamour & a girl who’s not afraid to use her makeup. Makeup artist, Charlotte applied muddied browns like MAC’s Sculpting Powder in Sculpt & Shadowy blended from the temples to the dent of the cheekbones to create a heavily contoured look, while a touch of concealer & balm were used on lips.
A good highlighter used along the nose, cheeks and around the eyes is essential for mastering this look. STILA’s Countouring Trio contains three shades: Light (a high-lighting powder), Dark (a low-lighting powder) & Flash (a soft neutral shimmer), simply work over your matte foundation.
Countoured Eyes – Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow 12 Hour Quads in N/Khakis & Blushed Wines £5.82, Superdrug
Charlotte also shadowed eyes in shades of taupe, chocolate & golds (MAC eyeshadows in Swiss chocolate, Mystery and Carbon) topped with several lashings of mascara. Revlon’s Colorstay Eyeshadow Quads work just as well, easily blendable, the fine shadow delivers rich, beautiful colour that looks freshly applied for up to 12 hours.
- The Skinny
Designer Collections from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dolce & Gabbana & Chloé took a retro spin from different eras this fall. Phillip Lim sent a slew of sixties inspired looks at New York Fashion Week. He also showcased Japanese model Tao Okamoto who he has referred to as his beauty inspiration, Toa was the only model to hit the runway with her own Mod inspired genuine bowl cut & more muted makeup, with the rest of the models following in suit in Tao inspired wigs.