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A Matte New Year

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

By Laura Bissessar

I love all things that glitter and sparkle. But this new, dark blue hair had me with all the matte makeup feels. Here's what I used...

My serious face from running late

I'm all about makeup looks that are wearable. By that, I mean makeup that will need very few touch-ups throughout the day and will look great in any kind of lighting (the photos: black and white filter, incandescent lighting, and natural light). No ring lights needed here. I also mean looks that only take 15-20 minutes for special occasions, and 5 minutes for everyday wear. If only I didn't spend half that time on my lashes, I'd be done even faster!

For this particular look, I wanted to go dark, but I was also at a party at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Color balance was the difference between garish and gorgeous (toot toot, I looked fly that day).

I have a loose definition of the term "matte."

I haven't quite decided on the format for the makeup portion of this blog, but I like to give tips on top of what I used, so keep reading...

Primer - I don't usually wear primer, but I do make sure my skin is well moisturized. And I use a spritz of Evian spray before the main event.

Base - My go-to for my combination skin - Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Medium Tan Sand and Tarte’s Creaseless Under Eye Concealer. Everyone has different needs for their skin, and this is where your timing can vary greatly. I don't use very much foundation, and can, fortunately, slap mine on pretty quickly.

Blush/Bronzer - NARS in Bumpy Ride and Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. Whew, I'm so relieved that that NARS blush wasn't named something I don't want to pop up on Google searches.

Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. They. Will. Not. Budge. Yet still look effortlessly natural; can't you tell?

Eyeshadows - MAC Vanilla (base), NARS Albatross (highlight), and MAC Embark (crease). I also used MAC Antiqued as my blending color. Instead of blending my crease color out, I used Antiqued to blend everything across the eyelid into the highlights (inner corner and brow bone), and to create the lifted effect. I also used Antiqued to soften the eyeliner on the bottom.

Eyeliner - MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved.

Mascara - Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara in Black.

Special shout-out to the best eyelash curler in the world: Shu Uemura. There is no equal. <3

Lips - MAC lip pencil in Burgundy. For the perfect dark, soft matte lips - Use a lip scrub or a soft toothbrush to slough off the dead skin on your lips. After that, moisturize before you start your makeup, and wipe off any excess before you start painting.

Still rockin' it in daylight.

Happy 2019!!

My goals as a blogger? More readers and #shameless sponsorships, of course!

All photos and content are original by Laura Bissessar.

Please do not use without my written consent. Or I will find you. Thank you!

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