Beauty Finds

Beauty Test Drive: How Do I Get This Season's Matte Face?

Use these brilliant products to mattify your complexion without looking powdery or cakey

In her new weekly column, beauty contributor Andrea Karr tries the latest products on the market to give you the real deal on what to try and why. Check back every Wednesday for her take on the finds worth adding to your makeup bag.

Victoria Beckham Spring 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Victoria Beckham Spring 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

For spring and fall 2013, the “It” skin look is no longer dewy and illuminated: It’s totally matte with zero shine or shimmer. That’s not to say that a team of armed robbers could pry our favourite highlighters and cream blushes out of our hands (they couldn’t!) but—for a trendy alternative—the minimal look of the moment can be achieved with the right primers, concealers and powders.


Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application, $31 at

This creamy primer feels just like a moisturizer and can be applied with your fingers in the same way. We love that it doesn’t clump or create a residue if we touch or scratch our faces (unlike some other primers), plus it allows makeup to glide on flawlessly and holds it in place all day—even if you have skin that’s on the oily side.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer subtly illuminates dark areas while concealing imperfections, $30 at

You want a matte face, but you don’t want to look cakey. One way to avoid that pitfall is to use an illuminating concealer. It will create a lit-from-within glow while maintaining an overall matte look. We like Nars’ new Radiant Creamy Concealer because it offers good coverage (you can keep adding layers until you reach your preferred level of opacity) and can be used under eyes and on blemishes.


Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder will keep your face shine-free all day long, $4 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix.

Even though this powder is white, it won’t create a chalky finish. Instead, it absorbs oil and sets makeup. Even after lunch your face will look as oil free as it did at breakfast. We use a fluffy powder brush to apply it in the morning and we’re good to go for the rest of the day.


If your skin is extra oily, make sure to have a pack of blotting papers on hand at all times and dab your face when necessary instead of applying more makeup. Try Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers, $19 at

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