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Schermafbeelding 2014-04-17 om 16.07.43Everyone has essentials. Products, manners or rituals one can’t live without. The essentialist is my list of essentials for…well practically anything beauty related. This one’s all about mattes.

Move over sparkling diamonds, matte has arrived! Eyes, lips, face and even nails are victim of this trend’s finish. Playing with a texture or finish can totally change a look. While shiny, radiant looks make you appear younger, a matte finish is still vivid but more mature. Especially on nails it creates a cool and edgy look. On the face I tend to use 1 or 2 mattifying products a time because solely matte products make me look tired and somewhat frosted. And we don’t want that, do we?

All right, ready for my list? Here are my 5 essentials for total mattness.

1. Matte eye shadow ‘China Blue’ NARS
Particularly dark colors with a velvety finish create an instant mysterious look. Apply sheer for daywear and after the office hours: layer for a dramatic, sexy glance and go get ‘em, Tiger!

2. Matte topcoat OPI
This OPI darling takes a split second to transform any nail color from high gloss to matte. When I’m bored of my manicure (and there are no chips to discover yet), I cover my mani with a matte blanket for a true make-over. Blessed with a steady hand? Go for a French manicure 3.0. Apply your favorite glossy black nail polish and cover it with a matte topcoat. Now this is where the steady hand comes in: polish just the ends with the glossy black nail polish again and there you go: enviable nails guaranteed.

3. Stay matte oil-free make-up Clinique
A proper matte canvas is the basis for actually any look. Definitely a worthy essential and cannot miss on this list.

4. Satin bright orange MAKE UP FOR EVER
It was Rihanna’s collaboration with MAC that led to the birth of the immense popular Ruby Woo. An intense, reddish colored lipsticks with a matte and velvety texture. The overwhelming popularity didn’t go unnoticed and many similar babies followed. Just like this one, which is currently leading my wishlist: a bright, matte, almost neon orange colored lipstick from MUFE.

5. Prep + prime transparent finishing powder pressed MAC
Like the four seasons, trends come and go. So instead of spending your entire savings account on the latest matte make-up, consider investing in a mattifying powder. My favorite way of using a pressed powder is to dab it over any lipstick for a nonglossy finish. Grab a tissue and the biggest brush available, press the tissue over your freshly painted lips and gently dab the powdered brush over your covered lips. Remove the tissue et voilà: say hello to matte!

Do you like it matte or prefer a gloss here and there?


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