Matte Foundation To Achieve The Perfect Velvet Skin
Matte Foundation To Achieve The Perfect Velvet Skin

Matte Foundation To Achieve The Perfect Velvet Skin

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Matte foundation is having a serious moment in the make-up world right now. And while natural, glowing skin will never go out of fashion, there’s still something so appealing about making our complexions look flawlessly airbrushed with the help of some blurring matte coverage. Of course, we are not forgetting their extra staying power, too – perfect for the social season. But whether matte foundations are already your usual go-to or you’re yet to jump on the hype, here are the best velvety matte foundations to pack into your beauty arsenal for peach-like skin. 

What is the Best Matte Foundation? 

Clarins Everlasting Foundation, £34 

clarins everlasting foundation

A must-have if you want to eradicate excess oil. This 24-hour wear base is enriched with a wide array of skin-loving ingredients, such as bamboo powder to mattify, quinoa to pack in hydration and organic oat sugars that instantly tighten and lift facial contours.  

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Satin Silk Longwear Foundation, £27 

sculpted foundations

Brimming with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this hydrating satin-finish base is perfect if you want a matte finish that isn’t too heavy. Plus, it contains niacinamide to help boost collagen production. 

Too Faced Born This Way Matte 24-Hour Long-Wear Foundation, £34 

too faced foundation

A super-full coverage that’s still light and undetectable? Look no further. Available in 34 shades, this formula is the ultimate shine and oil-busting base. 

Huda Beauty #FAUXFILTER Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation, £36 

huda foundation

The foundation does what it says on the tin. Creating a blemish-free and soft airbrushed finish, call this marvel a ready-made beautifying filter.  

Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation, £66 

tom ford foundatin

A matte coverage with a silky texture, this skin-loving formula contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and caffeine to wake up lacklustre skin.  

Clarins Everlasting Compact Foundation SPF9, £32 

clarins compact foundation

A long-wearing powder-based foundation, this compact is perfect for popping into your handbag to keep you topped up when you’re on the go. It can also double up as a powder to eliminate any shine that pops up throughout the day.  


What is a Matte Foundation Exactly?  

Matte foundations contain minimal oil in their formulas, making them perfect for mattifying and getting rid of excess shine on the skin. As a result, they usually provide fuller coverage than other base products and sometimes have better staying power. It’s also possible to get matte foundations in different consistencies, which you may see less of with other types of foundation finish. For example, depending on your skin type and the coverage you are looking for, you could opt for a powder, liquid or even cream formula.  

What Skin Type is Matte Foundation Best For?  

Typically, matte foundations are better for oilier skin types. However, it’s all down to personal preference. Some prefer a thicker matte foundation for special occasions or photographs, as it tends to have better coverage and keep shine at bay for longer. Need help determining your skin type? Learn how to figure it out here

Can You Use Setting Spray on Matte Foundation?  

You can find setting sprays that perfectly complement matte foundations. Just because you are applying moisture to your skin, it doesn’t mean you are adding dew or extra unwanted shine. A setting spray is an excellent way of ensuring that your make-up stays in place, and if you opt for a mattifying setting spray, it will also help to fend off excess oil production. Try Urban Decay All Nighter Ultra Matte Setting Spray, £27, or Clarins Fix’ Make-up, £24.  

When Should You Wear Matte Foundation?  

If you have acne-prone skin and fear adding too much oil to your face, a matte foundation might be best. Most matte foundations contain oil-busting properties that help absorb excess oil from the skin’s surface.  

NEXT READ: Foundations for Mature Skin: Everything You Need to Know

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