Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
May 18th, 2017
For the past few seasons, glossy and shimmering iridescent makeup has ruled the runways, as well as our makeup bags. But this summer, that’s all about to change. New formulas and ever improving technology mean that matte is back for SS17 and it’s better than ever. So whether you decide to wear it on your lips, eyes or skin we’ve rounded up the best products for the job.
The easiest way to update your makeup for the current season is a matte lipstick. Vibrant shades such as red and pink were seen at Mary Katrantzou SS17 while pastel lips popped up on the runway at Thom Browne. Understandably, a lot of people shy away from matte lip colours – after all, they traditionally have a reputation for being drying and overall, pretty uncomfortable to wear. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore. Liquid lipsticks such as Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks (€18), NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (€8) and Lancôme’s new Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick (€23.40) offer intense, hydrating colour that feels as good as it looks.
There was a time when matte meant flat, especially in terms of foundation. The trade off, it seemed for avoiding unwanted shine was dull, lifeless skin. New formulas, however, such as the Clarins Pore Perfecting Mattifying Foundation (€34) and NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (€40) give skin a healthy, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day. For on the go mattifying action, Benefit’s Porefessional License to Blot (€21.50) is a specialist stick that can be used over foundation for targeting specific areas such as the nose or forehead.
Matte eyeshadow has been given a revamp for SS17 with palettes such as the new Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics (€47.50) leading the way. With its twelve highly pigmented, silky textured shades, it’s the type of palette that will see you through not just day to day but from season to season. If you’re looking for a slightly more cost friendly alternative though, the e.l.f Studio Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£12.50) should do the trick nicely.
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