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Create a Matte, Luminous Base: Make-up Trend A/W 2010-11


Matte luminous skin

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Every season we see a different skin trend. Natural-looking skin was big on the Autumn/Winter catwalks. Matte yet luminous skin sounds like a contradiction but it’s easy to achieve.


You want to create a fresh faced effect but still maintain matte skin. The work is in the preparation for this look. Use a

How to create matte yet luminous skin:

  • Use a primer if you have oily skin. This will help keep the oiliness at bay during day.
  • Those with dry skin should moisturise well before make-up application
  • Ensure your that your skin is exfoliated regularly. This means you have fresh, even skin to work with.
  • Blend your foundation well into your skin, leaving your skin looking polished without visible product.
  • Conceal any under discolouration, redness and blemishes.
  • Powder is essential for this seasons trend. A light touch is the way forward if you want a silky looking effect. Use a very finely milled powder that will let the skins natural radiance shine through without looking cakey. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural is perfect for this.
  • Then add a little highlight powder down the centre of the nose.
  • Carry oil absorption sheets if you have combination or oily skin or if you are in a humid climate.

This is a trend I will definitely be exploring this season. It’s also perfect for bridal and special event make-up – just make sure your powder doesn’t contain Titanium Dioxide if you are being photographed (it photographs white).

What way do you like you base – dewy, matte, satin?

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  • Jessie Elek

    I really enjoy the layout of your blog. Did you use an existing theme or did you have it custom designed?

  • francois

    Great post Amy. I really enjoyed reading it. I would love a video on this too

    • Amy

      Thank you :) Will do a video tutorial

  • Channeladdict

    I love the way you eplain everything Amy. Could you do a video tutorial on this? x

    • Amy

      I certainly will!

  • Abagail

    How do you apply your msf natural? I’m using a sponge but it’s not working very well. any advice would be appreciated – Abby

    • Amy

      I like to use a powder brush or kabuki. Occasionally I use a velour powder puff

  • Aine

    Hi Amy, what foundation would you recommend for this?

    • Amy

      Any foundation that is good quality. It’s hard work to keep a cheaper foundation on all day. Although revlon colourstay would be a good option. If you are looking for something cheaper rimmel stay matte would work.

  • Shelly

    This is great Amy thanks xxx

  • KellyWelly

    I love matte skin and am happy to wave bye bye to the dewy look. At least out makeup will last a little longer now :)

    • Amy

      Agreed! :)

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