More comfortable and long-wearing than ever, matt formulations promise coverage and shine-free skin all day. But there are some things to consider - mainly, your skin type. "If your skin is prone to dryness, use a primer prior to applying foundation," says Grant Power, national face designer at Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. "A matt foundation will then glide on...effortlessly."
Satin & radiant
This second-skin foundation offers radiance and satiny coverage in equal measure. "[A] satin finish is my preferred formulation as it reflects light on the high points of the face giving a healthy glow," says Liz Kelsh, make-up expert and ambassador for Max Factor.
Try: Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation Fluid, Nude by Nature Flawless Liquid Foundation, Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation, Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation
DO THIS: Multi-foundation. "Use a matt foundation on an oily T-zone, then add a dewy foundation on the cheeks where there are no oil glands." - Grant Power, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics
Sheer & dewy
We all want healthier-looking skin, and a sheer, natural-finish foundation can get us there fast. "A dewy finish to the skin is universally flattering," says Kelsh. If you're looking to enhance your foundation's radiance levels, enlist a luminiser. "If your foundation has a satin finish, try a cream luminiser," advises Kelsh. "If your foundation has a matte finish, go for a powder luminiser."
This article originally appeared in the March, 2018 issue of marie claire.