An Easy Guide to do a Matte Makeup Look

by Kirrily Santos
How to ace matte makeup looks

Looking to find a way to prevent an oily base? It’s your time to go all matte! Here’s a step-by-step guide to rocking matte makeup looks, day in and day out.

We can’t help but marvel at the absolute stunning and flawless matte makeup that celebs and models don on runways and in real life. And we know you love it too! Even makeup enthusiasts go gaga over it and admire the matte makeup avatar for its shine-free finish. It gives you that picture-perfect porcelain look, unlike dewy makeup that lends a glowing finish. So, simply put, matte makeup helps in blurring imperfections by giving you a gorgeous oil-free finish and the bonus advantage is that it’s totally in trend. Jackpot!

From foundations to lipsticks and even nail lacquers, matte is where it’s at. But we’re not just stopping here and you don’t need to either, because there is a plethora of matte options to choose from and there’s one or more for everybody. With old cakey formulations and heavy makeup biting the dust, matte makeup has completely revolutionized makeup trends. Products that go into this look are made up of the finest product particles that settle well on skin and do not give a crude appearance. Made up of raw materials such as iron oxides, matte makeup has a low reflection point and is free of luster and shine. But, the question remains…

Why matte, exactly?

We’re big lovers of trends that keep coming in but honestly speaking, we have an everlasting love for matte. And we have our very valid reasons for that. We’ll tell you why.

  • Matte makeup is long-lasting and stays put for a longer time than any other cream or glossy finish makeup.
  • As matte makeup is devoid of any oil, it doesn’t crease or smudge easily either.
  • It takes attention away from wrinkles and fine lines by covering the inconsistency in texture, unlike shimmer makeup.

End result? A smooth, flawless look! Lastly, it’s the perfect match for oily skin in that it’s absorbing and keeps you from looking like an oil-slick throughout the day. It is the best form of makeup for oily skin and works well in different modifications for other skin types.

Makeup artists are mostly swamped with appointments, in any season and can be seen acing the matte makeup looks they create. And while we all love getting our neighborhood salons to help us ace these looks, you can also create and rock different matte makeup looks at home, by yourselves! We swear by a few steps that you can follow too. 

Here’s how!

SUGAR Aquaholic Pore Exfoliating Scrub

Exfoliate and Tone

When it comes to prepping our skin, cleaning it is of paramount importance. Exfoliating our face using a mild, oil-free scrub can do the trick here. It removes dirt, grime and unwanted oil that can get accumulated in certain areas on our face, such as the sides of the nose, forehead, and chin. We also can’t stress enough on the fact that toning shouldn’t be left out of your process. We go for a mild, alcohol-free toner so that it can help maintain the natural pH level of our skin. You can pick a light-on-the-skin toner that suits your skin type, dab a little on your face using a cotton ball without rubbing it in. It seeps in completely and does its magic!

Moisturize and Prep your Base

You thought oily skin doesn’t require moisturizing? Wrong! We tell you otherwise because even the oily-skinned stunners need proper moisturizing to avoid any flaky appearance once the makeup is done. Going for a water-based moisturizer, like the Aquaholic Priming Moisturizer or a vitamin E based cream solves the problem as they keep the skin nourished and hydrated, without adding any extra oil to the face.

SUGAR Aquaholic Priming Moisturizer
SUGAR Base Of Glory Priming Moisturizer

Prime and Conceal

We harp on the fact that priming is essential, because it absolutely is! Using a mattifying primer is of utmost importance to remove any traces of excess oil from our face. Mattifying primers, in a pea-sized amount are enough to control oil presence on the face, specifically the T-zone. They blur the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles making your skin look smooth. Try the Base Of Glory Pore Minimizing Primer; it’s one thing that we always turn to when it comes to priming our face. With prepping mineral-based concealers such as the Magic Wand Waterproof Concealer, since it absorbs surface shine and provides a complete matte finish.

Once you’re done applying the concealer, you can blend it out using a concealer brush to reach a smooth matte finish.

Lay the Foundation and Set

Getting the right matte finish with a skin-friendly foundation is of prime importance. We mostly go for matte foundations that are mineral based and that let our skin breathe. They provide the desired coverage and keep the skin protected from dryness. We repeat, getting a foundation that’s a perfect fit for your skin tone is vital because that’s what will give you the right look!

Apply matte foundation on your nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin and then blend it well using a brush. We recommend Rage For Coverage 24HR Foundation for a flawless matte finish. Alternatively, you can opt for Ace Of Face Foundation Stick in your shade too! It comes with a built-in brush for blending on-the-go, as well. Next, set it using a mattifying setting powder or dab a little compact powder to absorb any excess oil that might have managed to seep out. Powder Play Translucent Compact and Dream Cover SPF15 Mattifying Compact are two of our favourites that you can pick from.

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Blush, Pout & Wing it!

Applying a little colour on your cheeks adds that extra jazz to any look you’re going for. There is no scarcity of blush options in the market and you can pick any mineral based powder blush off the shelves. It will add that gorgeous flush of colour to your cheeks that’ll not just make heads turn but complement your complexion like none other.

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With everything set on your face, the final steps that remain are donning your fave matte lipstick and creating wings on your eyes. Matte lipsticks are bestsellers for a reason. A majority of them come with nourishing ingredients that keep your pucker protected and hydrated. It’s completely up to you to pick whichever you like, swipe it on and get ready to pout. You can explore the matte lip colour ranges with SUGAR! But don’t stop at that. Wing it like you mean it with a perfect matte eyeliner. Our personal favourite is Eye Warned You So! Double Matte Eyeliner because it’s as matte as it gets. It stays put from AM to PM, is waterproof and adds a whole lot of matte drama to the lids.

There you go folks! Matte makeup isn’t too difficult to replicate ourselves, in the comfort of our home. Once you learn the tricks of the trade, it’ll take you all of 10 minutes to ace it.

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