Step 1: Prep and prime
Start with a clean, moisturized face: Try MyTM Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer to hydrate skin without added shine. Follow with a primer suited to your skin type to help fill in any fine lines: Laura Mercier’s oil-free foundation primer is great for oily skin, while silicone-based Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-up Primer is perfect for drier complexions.
Step 2: Choose your foundation wisely
With a matte look, if your foundation doesn’t match your skin tone exactly, you could end up looking downright ghostly. Matte formulas, like Jouer Matte Moisture Tint or cream-to-powder versions like Urban Decay’s work best, but application is key. “Apply foundation with a round, flat-topped brush in a circular motion to diffuse foundation evenly and create an airbrushed effect,” Salgado says. To add some warmth to your look without adding shine, try applying a matte bronzer like Cargo Bronzer.
Step 3: To powder or not to powder?
Salgado recommends setting foundation with a colorless or high-definition setting powder such as Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder, but only if your skin is oily. “Never use a tinted powder, which can oxidize throughout the day and create a dry, cakey finish,” she says. If your skin is normal to dry, skip the setting powder altogether to preserve the velvety finish of the foundation.
Step 4: Coordinate your eye and lip looks
Salgado loves pairing matte skin with “a smoky eye, bold lip, or classic winged eyeliner.” Lip and eye colors with a subtle sheen are especially flattering against a matte complexion; think flesh-toned neutrals for eyes and warm-toned pinks and plums for lips.
Step 5: Maintain your gorgeousness
Despite our best efforts, oil still happens, so be prepared. Apply small amounts of blotting powder with a brush to any shiny spots, or try boscia®Green Tea Blotting Linens if you’re on the go. If dryness is your biggest concern, a face mist like Jurlique’s rosewater variety is the quickest way to restore suppleness without ruining your makeup.