Beauty trend: Marvellous matte

Last updated 05:00 02/04/2014

MATTE MIRACLES: Maybelline Colour Sensational Bold Matte lipstick, $19.99; Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, $129 and Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation, $28.99.

Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation, $28.99
ONE OF OUR WONDER PRODUCTS: OPI Matte Top Coat, $24.90, works over any colour.

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Welcome back matte. For years now, glossy lips, shiny nails and skin with a touch of shimmer have been key beauty trends. But the pendulum is swinging back the other way as matte textures come back into fashion.

Here are some of our favourite new makeup picks - all strictly shimmer-free - plus some tips on how to incorporate the matte trend into your look. 


We used to shy away from matte for lips thanks to its chalky, oh-so-90s connotations. But things have changed in lipstick, and not just because matte brown is no longer the must-have it once was.

These days matte textures are creamy and soft, with strong pigments contained in a lightweight formula. That means you don't have to cake on the matte lippy to get enough of a colour payoff, and it also means it won't dry out your lips like the old days. 

Maybelline Colour Sensational Bold Matte lipstick, $19.99, is my personal favourite because it has a creamy velvety texture and vibrant colours, like bright coral and hot pink, for less than a twenty.

If you are dipping your toe into bold lipstick, try a matte finish as it makes vivid colours seem more sophisticated. (Whereas if you add layers of gloss to red lips, it can be a touch too much.)

L'Oreal Paris have also just launched Colour Riche Moisture Matte lipstick, $23.99, which comes in eight colours. 


Too much shimmer on your face can look like a disco ball, but the flat, matte finish of old can look cakey and obvious. Instead, choose a creamy foundation such as Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation, $28.99 or 
Nars Sheer Matte, $89 from Mecca Cosmetica.

Both offer matte coverage with lots of moisture, for a more flattering finish. 


The shimmery smoky eye trend has given way to a matte look that's dark and smouldering with no glitter. (You can also go smoky in softer matte browns for a daytime look). 

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, $129, offers both a matte and shimmery version of each eye colour so you can keep your options open. Living Nature has released a new Mineral Eyeshadow in Slate (a soft matte black), $20, which is ideal for doing a dramatic smoky eye. 


Most nail collections have non-shimmer shades on offer (often called velvet or suede), but the best way we know to go matte is simply to add a slick of OPI Matte Top Coat, $24.90, over any colour.

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