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Matte makeup has long been lauded for its shine-free finish (meaning you’ll never have to worry about looking like an oil slick midway through the day)—but it also doesn’t hurt that it’s totally trendy. From matte lipstick to matte blush, matte is where it’s at. Of course, you don’t have to stop there. There’s a matte option for almost every kind of makeup product—and there’s no reason they can’t all be worn together. Below, find out how to wear matte makeup all over your face. It’s time to say hello to matte! Follow our matte makeup tutorial below for a totally pretty look.
Before you put on your matte makeup, it’s a good idea to start with a primer first. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base has a matte finish and helps smooth the look of pores and fine lines. Apply it all over your face or to targeted areas (like under your eyes and your T-zone). Primer can help create an even base for the rest of your makeup application as well as allow your makeup to wear more evenly.
Once you’re done priming, work your way through the rest of your makeup routine, starting with foundation. If you’re looking for a matte foundation option, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. The air-light demi-matte formula offers a flawless-looking finish that is long-lasting. To use it, apply a small amount of the foundation onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, then bounce the sponge all over your face to blend and buff the foundation in until you’ve reached your desired level of coverage.
To help maximize the wear time of your matte foundation, it’s always a good idea to set it with a powder. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, which will pair perfectly with your foundation. This long-lasting powder has a fine texture that never falls flat or appears cakey. Just swipe the powder across your face with the included applicator sponge.
Give your cheeks a flush of lively color by sweeping a matte blush over the apples of your cheeks. Blend out with a fluffy brush for a natural look sans any harsh lines.
You can’t complete an eye-catching look without eye shadow. Choose a matte eye shadow from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude to help define your eyes. Brush the color over your lids and blend out past the crease. (Here are 10 daring eye makeup ideas you should try this year.)
Before you start batting those lashes, you’ll need mascara. If you want eyelashes with the look of voluptuous volume and lush length (who doesn’t?), use the L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. Place the brush at the base of lashes and gently sweep through to the tips.
Layering lip colors helps lipstick apply more smoothly and last longer, making it a great idea to wear lip liner under lipstick. With the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, line around the edges of your lips, then fill them in completely with the pencil, priming them for lipstick. To fake the look of larger lips, try lining slightly outside of your natural lip shape. (For more lip liner hacks, be sure to check out this handy list.)
It’s time to complete your look! Pick the shade of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick that best coordinates with your lip liner and apply starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth.
Eight simple steps later and your makeup is totally matte! Next, give a gorgeous glowing look a shot with our best foundations for a dewy-looking glow.