Beauty Battles: Matte vs Dewy skin

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While matte easily translates to ‘shine-free’, dewy is not as simple. Fresh? Just-got-out-of-the-shower? Youthful? Whichever works is for you to decide, here are my top tips for perfect results every time. By Pro make up artist Bolanle Okusanya Feyita.



  • Use Powder – makeup is less likely to transfer to areas like a shirt collar when matte but too much powder can look caked on.
  • The newly launched Skin Weightless Powder Foundation by Bobbi Brown, delivers a comfortable feel with a polished finish that looks like great skin.
  • For very oily skin types, use Oil Control Loose Powder in Sugar from Fashion Fair. It reduces shine, absorbs excess oil.
  • A mattifying primer is the perfect undergarment to any makeup base for a longer lasting effect.
  • Don’t forget your neck and décolletage too.



  • Over mattify the skin if you have naturally dry or acne-prone skin.
  • Try to mattify the entire face – focus on the t-zone for an effortless finish.





  • Dewy can easily transform to a melting hot mess when bad skin is a base. There are no truer words said than ‘the better the canvas, the better the painting’!
  • Begin by prepping the skin with lots of moisture for a naturally healthy glow. Exfoliate regularly and keep the skin hydrated.
  • Focus on the appearance of the skin with minimal but targeted makeup application.



  • Look oily – avoid this by using tissue to blot off excess shine from the t-zones and other shiny areas. Blotting removes oils without disturbing the makeup.
  • Apply foundation over the entire face, just a few drops where you need it most.
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