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Strobing has been taking over the makeup world over the last couple of years and we heard from makeup experts that it’s time to bring back the matte. For us living in Singapore’s perpetually hot and humid climate, this article won’t just be about products and tips that can help you achieve the matte complexion look. It would also work great to make sure you don’t end up with a hot (and oily) mess on your face at the end of the day!

matte makeup tips

1. Matte ≠ Not moisturised

With all the mattifying products that you’ll be using, you wouldn’t want to end up as dry as a piece of dry tofu (before you put it in hot soup).

tofu skin

This is how they look.


So don’t forget to moisturise your skin before anything else. If you skip moisturiser, chances are your skin might end up creating more oil as a response to it being dehydrated.


Try: Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream (SGD33.90). This product locks in moisture in your skin for up to 120 hours without any feeling of stickiness on your skin. Moisturising your skin sufficiently will ensure your matte look still looks hydrated. (The two qualities aren’t mutually exclusive!)

2 . Prime for success

If you fail to prime, you’re primed to fail. Using a primer ensures your makeup glides onto your skin smoothly and stays on for a longer time. It also smoothens out any fine lines that are easily emphasised if you use makeup that gives a matte look.

Matte Complexion_MUFE Mattifying primer


Try: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer (SGD68). While all the primers in the Make Up For Ever Step 1 range is fantastic in their own way, this particular one is one of the best primers around that can help to mattify the skin and to make foundation or any base product last longer. It is especially great for those with oily skin types who wish to rock the matte complexion look. This product is available at Sephora and at the Make Up For Ever Pro-Loft and Academy.


3. Invest in a touch up powder

Powder is your best friend when it comes to the matte look. Invest in one that has a translucent and lightweight finish so your makeup won’t look cakey and overdone. This compact can also act as a great touch up product to put in your makeup pouch; apply it on areas that looks shiny in the middle of the day.

matte complexion_mac blot powder

Try: MAC Blot Powder. No matter what primer or products we use to help mattify the skin, chances are that the natural oils in our skin will still be visible after an extended wear of makeup. Fret not, because once you dust this powder onto the oily areas of the face, it will take the shine away without caking up your face.

4. Avoid BB or CC Creams

Matte complexion_BB cream

Well, unless you’re willing to take the extra step of setting it with powder.

BB and CC creams have ingredients in them to help hydrate the skin, and most of the time, they have a dewy finish. They’re also an all-in-one type of product for those who just want a quick fix to even out the skin tone. If you can’t let go of your BB or CC creams but still want to achieve the matte complexion look, take one extra step and set your base with powder just to take the dewiness and shine away. But you’ll risk a heavier-looking finish.

You don’t have to go out and purchase a matte foundation to achieve the matte look! Matte foundation may or may not work for you, and it all depends on your skin type. So if you’d like to achieve the matte complexion look, manipulate it using the products and tips we’ve highlighted here.

5. Don’t forget your blusher

Your skin won’t look like it’s “glowing” unlike that of a dewy makeup look. To make sure you have a healthy radiance, don’t forget your blusher. The only thing you have to take note of is to use a powder blusher, instead of a cream one, to keep the matte finish.

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Try: Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder (SGD39). In nine shades, this blusher may have a matte finish but gives a soft and 3D look to give your features more defined.