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How to Stay Matte All Day Long

Stay Matte All Day With These Face-Powder Application Tricks

Most of us are tempted to reach for the compact to ward off shine, but the last thing you want is to create a cake-y mess as a result. Whether you choose pressed or loose powder, CoverGirl celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey has discovered a foolproof method for maintaining a matte look. All you have to do is apply it once — the right way.

  • The basics: Bailey recommends using a light formula that matches your skin tone in the morning, concentrating your application on the centre of your face. "Most people say put powder in the T-zone, but really it's more like the middle zone," he explains. Sweep product on your forehead, chin, and nose, and don't forget the area around the nose.
  • For touch-ups: Carry blotting papers instead of a pressed powder compact to avoid caking on more product during the day.
  • Insider tip #1: Putting powder on the cheeks can draw attention away from your laugh lines.
  • Insider tip #2: If you are planning to have your picture taken, powder the entire face. Then use highlighter along your jawline to bring out a subtle shine.
  • Insider tip #3: Bailey also likes to put powder on the inner eyes. Just use a clean eyeshadow brush to cover lids and help eye makeup last.

Source: Flickr user Jonathan Kos-Read

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