Matte not Flat
A good powder has been part of my routine for a long time, it is my safety blanket when I apply my make up and I don't feel quite right if I've not applied it. Over the years I must have tried most powders available and last year I moved onto more luminizing powders but you can't beat having a good mattifying powder in your stocks. When my skin is particularly shiny I want to look matte but I don't want to look flat and here are the options I have to achieve just that.
Last year I really started to discover primers and just how much they can help with make up longevity and really help control excess oils. By far my favourite mattifying primer is The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser, it instantly takes away any shine or oil and leaves the skin silky smooth. Whenever my skin has been really spotty and problematic I reach for this as with the added bonus of tea tree and it helps to calm anything down that is really angry. The odd one out here is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation, I don't use this the way you're supposed to, I use it as a powder. When I want my skin to look extra flawless I reach for this as a tiny amount adds enough coverage to provide an airbrush finish to the skin without being too much.
The most natural offering I have is the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, I've been using this for years now and it just seems to be never ending. It offers a small amount of coverage so is perfect paired with a tinted moisturiser and even when topped up throughout the day doesn't leave the skin cakey or unnatural. My current favourite at the moment is the Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder, we all know how I feel about the foundation so my sister bought me the powder to try for my birthday. It is incredibly messy so you really do have to be careful when applying it but it leaves a beautiful finish to the skin. It blurs over any imperfections and doesn't settle into any fine lines nor does it cling to any dry patches either. I've gone through many of the No7 Stay Perfect Powders, it was my go to all throughout university and it really is beautiful. It doesn't add any extra coverage it just simply mattifies the skin and helps my make up last all day, like the MAC it can be topped up numerous times a day which is when you have a long day is perfect. Another one I love is the Jurlique Rose Powder, which you can read more about here.
What are your favourite mattifying products?