When is matte skin not matte skin? When it has a luminous finish, as debuted by Philip Lim and Balmain on the autumn/winter 2010 catwalks Creamy velvet complexions gave the impression that models' skin was in soft focus. While the surface is shine-free, an inner glow emanates from within to create an almost ethereal feel.
At Philip Lim and Balmain,
At Emilio Pucci, luxe fabrics were teamed with luxe skin while cashmere complexions and glossy hair formed the perfect partnership to compliment Gucci's grown-up glamour. A far cry from summer's bare-faced chic, this look is 'expensive', sophisticated and perfectly flawless.
It's not hard to see why Cate Blanchett was signed as the ambassador of luxury skincare brand, SK-II. Her perfectly flawless – almost airbrushed-looking – skin even inspired its own range of products.
Cate is the ultimate reminder that when it comes to make-up less is most definitely more. But if you weren't blessed with the Blanchett gene, don't worry. Today's makeup technology allows us lesser mortals to cheat our way to ethereal radiance.
The key to this look is in the prep. No amount of foundation is going to give smooth results if the skin underneath is uneven so massage clean skin first with a primer.
Don't be tempted to choose a heavy foundation. You want the skin to be flawless but not too matte. For a silky velvet or 'cashmere' finish opt for a mousse foundation with a light, whipped texture.
Apply a light-reflecting concealer beneath the eyes and anywhere else you might find shadow, such as around the bottom of the nose and under the lower lip. It's the closest you'll get to being retouched.
Thought matte and luminous was a contradiction in terms? Not if you choose a powder that has light-reflecting particles in it. Dust over forehead nose cheeks and chin to erase excess shine without losing radiance.