Like matte skin once upon a time, hydrated, glowy skin has been on-trend in both skincare and makeup for the last few years.
And while we love a good hyper-moisturized, glass skin look, can we also admit that it can be a bit over-the-top and hard to maintain at times?
This is why using matte foundations for your “no makeup” makeup looks is such a good alternative. They offer up something impressively realistic—mimicking clear, natural skin.
If you’re completely over the glowy skin trend and just want something more down to earth, here are 5 foundations that’ll give you a natural skin look without all the shine.
One of the most frustrating things about wearing makeup as a black woman is that it’s super noticeable when our foundation transfers.
When we hug a date or put on a mask or do anything at all, you’re going to see an unsightly brown streak of makeup somewhere.
However, this is no problem when you wear this 16-hour longwear, transfer-proof Soft Matte Complete Foundation from NARS.
It’s full coverage, doesn’t cake up, and has a natural, skin-like finish that doesn’t look orange at the end of the day. What’s not to love?
Our girl Rihanna Robyn Fenty has been holding it down in the makeup realm for black women of all shades for a few years now.
From poppin’ lip glosses to summer-ready body shimmers, FENTY offers everything we need to truly look and feel good from head to toe.
But this Pro Filt’r Longwear Foundation? Chile, it’s absolutely insane.
It’s a soft, buildable matte foundation where absolutely no blemishes peak through. Plus, fading isn’t even an issue!
It’s made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity.
When life gives you lemons, you use them to formulate a full coverage foundation! We know that’s not the saying, but that’s exactly what WLGYL did with their Hi-Function foundation.
It isn’t just some high quality makeup, it actually has a skincare element to it.
It’s made with niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B that helps reduce skin congestion.
So long story short, if you’re someone who struggles with acne and breakouts, you can wear this foundation without worrying about clogged pores, breakouts, or a rough skin texture.
The blur effect is one of the best things to happen to social media filters because it makes your skin look totally blemish free.
But what if I told you that there was a matte foundation that did the same exact thing without you ever having to edit any of your pictures?
Seriously, no joke— it’s Milk Makeup’s Blur Liquid Matte Foundation! It’s full-coverage (obviously) but also very lightweight and works well on oily, dry, and combination skin alike.
Not to mention that it minimizes the appearance of pores, which is a huge win!