In this photo, my skin is dry, patchy, flaking, and post-reactive. Although my face was far from being appropriately primed or hydrated, I was so impressed with the coverage that I wanted to show its full effect.
The Matte Summer Hack
While studying up on mattifying beauty products for a Brit + Co. article, I learned an M.U.A.'s tip for making foundations matte that was perfect for the summer. Other than buying Urban Decay The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium ($34), this is the simplest DIY hack for turning your dewy finish foundations matte. I learned it from Paris Manning, makeup artist and the founder of Velvet 59 cosmetics, whose makeup styles have a certain airbrush-like flawlessness that I love.
For Manning's hack, all you need is translucent powder. She suggests priming with a hydrating base, applying your DIY blend, and letting it dry, before setting the T-zone/oil-prone areas with loose setting powder. This provides all-day matte coverage that stays put (and won't melt off).
If you're wondering why this is perfect for summer, it comes down to the inevitable shine of an oily complexion to which we can all fall victim in the summer months. Recent beauty trends have emphasized dewy-faced glows, what Victoria Beckham once dubbed the "sweaty-sexy" look. Because of this, fresh-faced foundation formulas — which are not ideal for shine control — are extra popular right now. My three newest foundations — new launches ‘Woke Up Like This’ by Lawless, the emollient-rich Rituel de Fillers Ethereal Veil Conceal and Cover line, and BareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation — all go for glossier finishes.
Since this finish doesn’t suit oily skin types or the summer weather, learning how to make any foundation both matte and melt-proof is necessary. I adjusted her hack to make it a smidgen cleaner; try out my adjusted formula below.
Note: Although I was testing a mattifying hack, my skin is actually crazy dry and post-reactive right now — with rough texture, dry patches, and peeling in areas like my chin and eyes. For best results, use this hack if you have a combination or oily skin type that tends to get shiny during the day (or if you're a compulsive blotter).
(1) Select a non-toxic, loose mineral powder foundation to mix with your liquid foundation. Tip: Use a tinted mineral powder with SPF for added protection and choose a non-toxic foundation — like Lawless — to make this extra-clean.
Pictured: Lily Lolo Foundation SPF 15 ($22) in Blondie + Bare Minerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation ($49) in my personally customized shade.
(2) Blend the foundations using a brush or beauty blender.
Pictured: Osmosis Beauty Sponge ($14)
(3) Thoroughly buff it onto your face and allow it to dry.
Try: Crunchi Vegan Brushes Flat Top Foundation Brush ($38) [Sold Out]; Try Lustre Pro Makeup Brush F103 Foundation Brush ($15) or Concealer Brush ($13)
(4) Set it. (Optional)
(Photo via BeautyEditor)
RMS Beauty "Un"-Powder ($34) in Untinted + Kat von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush ($38)
In case you're wondering, these are the rest of the products I used in the photo above. Underneath that airbrushed-looking coverage, you can see that my skin has dry patches, flaking, and imperfections galore. But inclusivity in beauty has included broadening the social perception of beauty to account for our natural differences, including our unique features, skin textures, tones, and even our temporary blemishes and imperfections to show through. Fake-looking, cookie-cutter beauty is on its way out; while sheer coverage over unedited, perfectly-imperfect, natural-looking skin is in.
Foundation: BareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation ($49)*
Powder: Lily Lolo Foundation SPF 15 ($22)
Concealer: Osmosis + Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer ($38)
Blush: Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder ($40)* in Mocha Spice Quad + NuEvolution Cosmetics Pressed Bronzer ($45) in Portofino
Mascara: Jane Iredale Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara ($24) + W3LL People Expressionist Mascara ($22)
Lipstick: Wander Beauty Read My Lips ($28) in Hot Gossip
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($23)
Upper Liner: e.l.f. Precision Liner ($3)* + RevitaLash Defining Liner Eyeliner ($28) in Raven
Lower Liner: Lustre Makeup Ultimate Eyeliner Professional Line Mini ($9) in Black
*Disclaimer: This is not an entirely clean regimen, but I'm constantly taking steps in the green-er direction with my choices. The ingredients used by the brands Laura Mercier, e.l.f., and bareMinerals are not deemed non-toxic by the EWG.
Featured photos by moi.
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