When it comes to prepping your combination skin for foundation application, I never like to skimp the amount of hydration I apply as the dry areas of my face needs an extra dosage when possible. The Fresh Peony Brightening Serum* is a new addition, but one that does what it says on the tin, adding just the right amount of brightness without interfering with how matte my base looks after it. I feel like adding a moisturiser or a nourishing primer to my routine really helps to make my foundation sit better.
My base of choice is the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation which feels like it changes the way it looks every time my skin changes, but it's undeniably matte, but with a natural, lightweight feel that looks undetectable on the skin. It doesn't sling to dry patches, yet it keeps any shine from my oiliness at bay.
Face powders can be difficult for combination skin, but I find loose powders are the way to go as you get more control over how much you apply and you can dust away any excess with ease. The Glossier Wowder is great for longevity and for a healthy, yet matte finish, whereas if you want to minimise your pores, whilst adding a slight glow then the Bourjois Rice Java Powder is your best bet.
Most of my blushers aren't matte, but the NYX Ombre Mauve Me Blush is one that I've gone on about for years now. It adds just the right amount of colour to the cheeks and helps to blur the face powder and browning products too.
Matte bronzers aren't always the best option especially if they're powder in formula as they can almost sit on top of the skin if not used alongside a highlighter to add definition and a natural look to your skin. Saying this, the Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer* is still my favourite, but if I'm going for matte products everywhere else, I'd opt for the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand as it's a cream that blends into your complexion easier.
For a matte eyeshadow look, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette* is a great pick as it has seven matte shades that choose from to create a strong berry smokey eye or a more natural brown option. To finish the look off I apply a few layers of mascara and put on my trusty Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick* to pull it all together.
What are your favourite matte products for combination skin?
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