If you want to look ﬂawless, a matte ﬁnish is the only one that works in our heat and humidity. This is not the hard, cakey, ﬂat matte of the ’90s; this is the matte of 2018, which is soft and natural. It works best in lipstick and foundation.
Soft Matte Finish, 1 of 2: Red Lipstick
Part way between a cream and a matte ﬁnish, a soft matte lipstick won’t: 1) dry up lips 2) set into lip lines to make you look older or 3) look ﬂat. It’s perfect in red, because it won’t look as vampy as a lacquered or glossy red, nor will it be as old-fashioned as satin or cream. It’s also way more forgiving of mistakes, and kinder to older, not-soplump-anymore lips.
"Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge in #999 Ultra Dior, $50."
"Pony Effect Coverstay Cushion Foundation, $59.90, in four shades."
Soft Matte 2 of 2: Foundation
Dewy, glowy skin looks great on Instagram. But control so your foundation won’t melt and slide off after you’ll also end up looking lunch. You look natural. You greasy by midday. The newgen foundations give the perfect in-between ﬁnish – matte, but with a glow. They lightly blur imperfections like freckles and redness for a your-skin-but-better effect. It also has slight oil look naturally radiant. You look like you. – KT
For a list of the new soft matte foundations and red lipsticks to buy, go to our digital edition.
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