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We all love a matte moment, but occasionally a fresh, dewy finish is more desirable—especially if you really want your skin to be the star of the show. A typical matte foundation has more of a powder-like finish, is full coverage and longwearing (which is why we love it for big events when you need your look to be budge-proof). Take Too Faced’s Born This Way Foundation—it provides a semi-matte, medium-to-full coverage finish. Another example of a classic matte-finish foundation is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup: its formula promises a longwearing, non-creasing, true-colour finish which holds up in even the most hot and humid environments.
The key to adjusting your matte foundation to more of a dewy, luminous finish is all in the glow-enhancing products you mix it with. Try a few drops of Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Dew Drops in your go-to matte foundation—it’ll bring a subtle, dewy effect to the finished look. This product is designed to be a multi-use highlighting face serum, providing skin with a glow sans the use of glitter, pearls or mica. If you really want to go hard on the dewy finish, use this on top of your foundation for an instant glossy finish.
ReVive’s Glow Elixir Hydrating Radiance Oil is another great option if you want a juicy finish to your foundation—it makes for the perfect oil to mix with your chosen base, as it’s lightweight and nourishing and enriched with natural oils to help soften and hydrate.
Another method of dewy-fying your foundation is to take a small amount of moisturiser and apply it over the makeup with either a sponge or fingers, using a light patting motion. Be extra gentle when doing this, as you don’t want the foundation to move around or separate.
There are times where you want to be able to adjust your foundation based on the look you’re after. If you fancy a low-fuss finish that’s light coverage and let’s your skin show through, then try thinning out your foundation formula with a moisturiser; think of it as a DIY tinted moisturiser.
Try Kylie Skin Face Moisturizer, which is suitable for all skin types and conditions the skin for a soft-to-the touch finish thanks to oat and orange-peel extracts. It’s consistency makes it easy to mix into your base, just pump a few drops on the back of your hand along with your foundation, mix, then apply with your fingers for a real-skin finish.
If you want to tone down the luminosity of your foundation, it’s easy enough to mattify your base in a few ways. Firstly, try applying a mattifying primer under your makeup (this one from bareMinerals contains zinc, sulphur and kaolin clay to help reduce shine and refine pores). You could also look at applying more concealer—rather than foundation—to your problem areas and then a loose powder to eliminate any shine. A mattifying setting powder, like Morphe’s Mattifying Continuous Setting Mist is an air-powered spray contains translucent powder. It delivers a controlled application—perfect for when you want to change your base to look matte before you run out the door.
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