I hesitate to put these two against each other – they are both stunning makeup looks in their own right. However, if you are looking for a specific way to channel your makeup, a dewy finish will generally include a way more matte and shimmer; On the other hand, it looks matte and cushiony and plush.
Just one big caveat: Matter not synonymous with dry. “There was a time when we would instantly associate any ‘matte’ makeup products with unattractive finishes like dry, flaky, and patchy. Those days are gone!” Make-up artist Alexandra Compton, Director of Product Development at Clean Cosmetics says: doctrine. As formulas are on the rise, she continues, the category of matte makeup doesn’t refer to just one finish, but to a range of different outcomes: Think luminous matte, natural matte, 3D matte, velvet matte, And more. Maybe that’s why we’re seeing such a revival of matte makeup (well, that one and our affinity for everything ’90s-inspired, which includes a matte base with glossy lips).
“I see new types of technologies being used to create innovative ingredients, particularly within the powder category, like mica powders coated with vegetable wax that are designed to smooth and even out uneven skin texture while helping to keep skin moisturized and comfortable with wear,” Compton adds. The ingredient will feel super soft, almost creamy to the touch, and wear like a second skin.”
It also calls for elastic starch polysaccharides (used in place of microplastics or polymers) to create an elastic film without sacrificing skin hydration. “If combined into a matte formula, this ingredient will make the product appear extremely lightweight on the skin and will blend seamlessly while smoothing texture or fine lines,” she notes.
Results? Smooth finish, extremely comfortable and feels lightweight – a solid alternative for those who tend to shy away from heavy waxes and oils.