My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Day 17 – Matte

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Ever since I started using makeup at all, I’ve always tried to mattify my face as much as possible. So challenging myself to do a matte day has very little point, as I think, in my case, the list should have rather included a dewy day for a change. Do I want to do a dewy makeup instead? Well, not really, I’m not a massive fan of it, plus that would mean extra work which I feel too lazy for. So let’s stick to the list!

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Right after I dab the under base all over my face, I apply some compact powder, and not foundation as I do in most other cases.

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The foundation, however, is not consigned to oblivion – it is used in the next step. Moreover, it is used with such enthusiasm that it ends up being applied in enormous quantity, which makes my face looks like a pancake. But never mind, as long as this makeup is only done for the purpose of taking photos – if I had to go out, though, I’d definitely need to redo it!

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More powder is applied on top of the foundation, making the face look even more matte and, at the same time, even more pancakey!

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I’m going to really keep it simple with the eyes. First I pick a matte brown eyeshadow to fill in the eyebrows.

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Then I use the same brown colour to cover the whole upper eyelid.

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A black eyeshadow is then used for the lower half of the eyelid – basically looking like an extremely thick line along the lash line.

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I want the lips to look brown as well – for some reason brown is the colour that seems the most ‘matte’ to me. So I apply some lip colour, and kiss a tissue to make the colour look even more matte.

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Et voilà! The matte look does indeed look matte and not cakey at all. I assume, that’s the magic of photography – and I am not even using a particularly advanced camera, or lighting equipment, or Photoshop. So one could only guess how many kilograms of makeup professional photo models have to wear in order to look nicely made up in the pictures!

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