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beauty how-to: SWEET MATTES

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hey gorgeous! Are you absolutely sick of shimmery and shiny faces all over the place? SO AM I! Sometimes you just have to change it up and get into matte-mode, especially in this blazing summer heat. Mattes are great to control oil and they're especially useful for people with textured or acneic skin. Hide that bumpy skin elfette, instead of exaggerating it with shimmer and shine. If you've never experimented with our amazing HD POWDERS, here's your chance! 

STEP 1
Esther is normally oily, so I began by dusting her face with the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder to create a matte canvas before foundation. Then I applied a few, light, layers of the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Foundation in Beige using the Studio Powder Brush. This brush is amazing for powder foundations, as it creates soft-focus coverage.

STEP 2
Pick up a matte pink shade from the e.l.f. Studio 18 Piece Eye Shadow Palette, using your "C" Brush and then apply over the lid. I used a pink that is blue-based in order to work with Esther's tan complexion. Pat the shadow on up to the crease to even out the lid.

STEP 3
In honor of our birthday celebration, I whipped out my PINK, Crystal Brush Set to blend a matte, grey color onto Esther's edge. This allows for light definition in the eye! Blend, blend, blend until the grey is diffused.

STEP 4
These eyes really pop with a liner! I used the e.l.f. Mineral liner in Ash, very close to her lash line. This helps to give the appearance of more lashes and a bigger eye. Plus, the grey really enhances her brown eyes.

STEP 5
Time to focus on your skin. I covered any small acne marks by using the Flawless Concealer Brush and a combination of HD Powder with Concealer. Mixing the cream and powder creates a very strong formula that is sure to stay on the cheeks without easily smearing or sweating off.

STEP 6
Esther's cheeks are flawless with the e.l.f. Mineral Pressed Blush! I applied it using my crystal brush set and then blended into the skin. Finish off your look with a Matte Lipstick, like Tea Rose. This color never fails :)

ARTIST TIPS
For light use of the HD powder, use a brush. For a very matte feeling under or over foundation, try using the e.l.f. Essential Powder Puffs. If you're being photographed, try not to use too much HD powder to set your makeup at the end but use it before foundation to avoid a ghostly face!

What is your favorite matte product? Let me know in the comments and I'll feature you next week!

xoxo
@soniacmakeup


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