People everywhere are putting down their highlighters and picking up their mattifying primers and setting sprays to create a seamless, perfected complexion that somehow walks the line between natural and made-up with a delicate poise. Taking inspiration from the Haute Couture runways (think CHANEL Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2023/24) and the cool-toned makeup looks that have come back to the forefront in recent times, it seems that matte is back and better than ever. Here, we roundup our top tips for tweaking your makeup routine to embrace the trend (without having to buy a whole new slew of products).
THE BASE Let’s get one thing straight: matte makeup is not makeup that looks dry, flakey or cakey. Matte makeup is makeup that perfects the skin, evens the complexion and does it all with a subtle satin finish (rather than an all-out glow). This means, when it comes to base products like foundations and concealers, it is important to look for something that is both suited to the matte finish but also to your skin type.
THE CHEEKS It’s likely that your makeup case is filled with bronzers, blushes and luminisers galore. The only problem? They’re all laced with shimmer. But just because the complexion is now matte a la Kate Moss in the ‘90s, doesn’t mean we need to go without colour and definition. Swap out your glowy cream products for toned down powder or stick products to keep the skin looking smooth and shine-free. Our favourite matte bronzers include the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer, the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer and the Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder. We also love the Too Faced Cloud Crush Blurring Blush and the Rituel De Fille Inner Glow Creme Pigment as great matte blush options.