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Matte Is Back! Or Did It Ever Leave?

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Ramya Manoj, Nykaa Army

Let’s be real, we all have been trying to chase the matte makeup trend since day one but in reality, we have been looking like a glazed donut waiting to be tossed and powdered in soft sugar. Looking like a snack is ideal but the struggle when it comes to getting rid of the greasy T-zone is not. I am someone who has been battling with oily skin and have spent my entire teen years trying to figure my way out of it, just to realise that I was running uphill for no reason and the only thing I needed was to add a sprinkle of matte in my makeup routine.

But the question arises. What is matte makeup? Well, let me fill you in with the deets. Ever wondered how your makeup ends up looking oily by the end of the day, applying mattifying makeup products not only enables you to eliminate the shine and extra glossiness from your skin but also gives you a poreless, porcelain look throughout the day!

So it’s time to put your cravings to an end with this perfectly curated matte makeup kit that caters to all my beauty fanatics who wanna ace the perfect beauty look and elevate your makeup game to a whole new level and ‘Savor The Flavor Of Matte’. Calling all makeup lovers, here’s your cue on how to attain the iconic matte finish makeup look and let us finally bid adieu to excess oil that plays peek-a-boo through your makeup.

Things Happen After A Primer

Maybelline New York Fit Me Primer

Nykaa Prep Me Up! Face Primer

Yes, you heard it. You have to prime the crime! A perfect mattifying primer will help absorb excess oil and grip your makeup throughout the day. The result? A poreless and flawless matte finish that you have been ‘mattifesting’ all this long! My top picks include the Maybelline New York Fit Me Primer, e.l.f. Cosmetics Mattifying Putty Primer and Nykaa Prep Me Up! Face Primer.

Build A Strong Foundation

Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation

Nykaa All Day Matte Long Wear Liquid Foundation With Pump

Flawless base all day! Here comes the most critical step to your matte makeup routine which is foundation. You need to get your hands on a matte foundation as it contains oil-absorbing properties, giving your skin a shine-free finish. So, here are my faves and It does exactly what it says on the foundation. I absolutely love the Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation, Nykaa All Day Matte Long Wear Liquid Foundation and Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation.

The Power Of Powder

Maybelline New York Fit me Loose Finishing Powder

Kay Beauty Matte HD Setting Loose Powder - Banana

The most underrated step is powdering your face and it should be considered the most integral step in your makeup routine as it is your golden ticket to a perfect matte base. It not only helps to extend the life of your makeup but also soaks up all of that excess oil and sweat in a flash. Some of my holy grails include the Kay Beauty Matte HD Setting Loose Powder, Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder, and Nykaa All Day Matte Compact Powder.

Eyes, Eyes, Baby!

Blue Heaven 4-in-1 Matte & Metallic Eyepop

Swiss Beauty Ultimate 9 Eye Shadow Palette

Don't bat an eye when it comes to eyeshadows! Eyelids do tend to get super oily but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing dazzling eyeshadow shades. Matte eyeshadows ensure your eyelids look bold and pigmented all day. So, get your hands on these matte eyeshadow palettes that are under ₹200 (read that again) that offer stunning shades that are blendable and will give the perfect matte look. I turn to the Blue Heaven 4-in-1 Matte & Metallic Eyepop Eyeshadow and Swiss Beauty Ultimate Shadow Palette for that extra pop!

Trust The Matte Lipstick

Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick - Wedding Day

Lakme 9to5 Primer + Matte Liquid Lip Color - MB2 Intense Latte

Team up with a trusty matte lipstick that is non-drying but leaves your lips looking plush matte this season. So, let your lipstick do the talking. I highly recommend the cult classic Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Lipstick, and Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick.

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