Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Matte Makeup Menu


It's about time I started talking more about what makeup I'm loving and wearing on a day to day basis or specific makeup looks I've tried and loved. Back on New Year's Eve I dressed up to stay in and realised afterwards that all the makeup I used was matte - a rarity for me as I do adore shimmering eyes and sheeny lips. However I absolutely loved the look and I've worn it quite a lot since. This is what makes up my current matte makeup menu.

Base
Many of you can probably guess my foundation before I say it - the Vichy Dermablend Foundation (review). Being full coverage it gives me an almost flawless finish without looking heavy and unnatural. There's no dewy or even slightly satin finish with this - it's properly matte and having an oily t-zone, I like it very much. I then concealed my dark circles and any redness still peeking through with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (review), which is just the best concealer I've ever tried. To set this all in place I used the Green People Pressed Powder (review). It's very fine so doesn't add too much colour and finishes a matte base off nicely. 

Cheeks
After last summer it took ages to wean myself off of cream blusher, but now I'm firmly back on the powder wagon with the gorgeous Frat Boy Blush by theBalm (review). This peachy pink powder contains no shimmer and packs one seriously pigmented punch. I only need to swipe the brush lightly across the pan twice to get a beautiful flush on both cheeks.


Eyes
The eyeshadow that's opened my eyes to the wonder of mattes is the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (review), which contains five neutral matte shades and one demi-matte shade. The lighter shades are perfect for daytime and the darker shades can create a gorgeous brown smokey eye. I use Naked2 (taupe) all over the lid and apply Faint (dusty brown) to the outer corner and along the crease and then blend, blend, blend. Then I take the Crownbrush SS006 Deluxe Angle Liner (review), dampen the edge and pat into the darkest shade Crave (black) to apply it as an eyeliner across the upper lash line. This method works so well - you still get a really pigmented line but it's a lot softer than using liquid or gel. I then finish with a few sweeps of the Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara in Ultra Black for thicker, darker and longer lashes.

Brows
I'm currently having a moment with the Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Blond (review), which is a double ended pen with a soft, waxy crayon on one end and a powder that's dispensed via a sponge applicator on the other. I use the pen to define the shape of my brows and fill in any gaps, then set and add some extra colour with the powder. This equals a defined but natural looking set of brows. 

Lips
After hearing that the Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in East End Snob was a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, I snapped one up pretty quickly. I don't really own any matte lip products, so this dusky pink liner makes a really nice change. The colour looks gorgeous on its own and lasts a good few hours - I just make sure I use lots of lip balm beforehand because it doesn't have the most hydrating formula.

What products are on or would be on your matte makeup menu?

Beauty Bird xx


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26 comments

  1. The Balm's Fratboy Blush is one of my all time favourites - such a pretty shade! :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  2. Hahaha I'm stuck on cream blusher at the moment too. I have no plans to wean off that! Lovely post.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. I'll definitely be going back on the cream blusher at some point but I am loving the powder right now. Thank you :-) xx

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  3. I'm a huge fan of matt makeup! Love the look of the naked basics palette x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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    1. The Naked Basics has become a real staple for me, highly recommend it xx

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  4. TheBalm blusher looks great! I really want to try the Rimmel lipliner too x
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely ones to add to your wishlist I reckon :-) xx

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  5. This is just my kinda post...I am a matte girl without a doubt. Plus you've picked out a few of my favourites, especially the mascara!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Aw so glad you like this Annabel! :-) xx

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  6. I absolutely love that NARS concealer. It's my favorite!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

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    1. I don't think I could ever be without it to be honest! xx

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  7. So gorgeous, thank you for sharing! I love some nice shimmery shadows or glossy lips every now and then, but I also tend to gravitate towards matte looks for everyday wear :)

    xo, Dolce // http://www.mydailysweet.com/
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    1. Thank you Dolce! You can't beat shimmer, but I'm loving matte now too, so tend to alternate :-) xx

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  8. Great selection - I love East End Snob!

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  9. The NARS concealer is on my wishlist :) Great Post

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    1. You so need the NARS concealer India! xx

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  10. I need to get round to buying that foundation! My other Vichy one does give a dewy look.

    Tara x

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    1. Not to be an enabler but Vichy is a 1/3 off on Essential right now ;-) xx

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  11. Fab post, I’m really loving East End snob - it’s such a gorgeous shade and an absolute steal!

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thanks Charlee! It's such a pretty shade, I love it so much xx

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  12. I really need a Naked Basics palette, I only ever use my regular Naked palettes and it's almost always the matte shades that I go for. The Nars creamy concealer also sounds amazing! x
    www.beautiful-solutions.co.uk

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    1. I do love my Naked Basics, I get so much use out of it! The Naked Basics 2 looks great too. The NARS concealer is amazing, I can't recommend it enough xx

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  13. Great post :D I am definitely with you on the Naked Basics palette - it's what I reach for when I want a simple, matte eye look :)

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Dannie :-) I have my eye on the 2nd one now xx

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