What Is Matte Foundation

What Is Matte Foundation

There are so many variations when it comes to foundation that you may be overlooking the finish of the formulation you’re using. Not all finishes are suitable for everyone and if you get it wrong, you may not like the texture or look of your complexion. It is important to find a foundation that’s going to work for you, not against you. 

When it comes to finishes, there are several options to choose from. Some of the most common are dewy, satin, and matte. They all have their pros and cons and some skin types may want to stay away from certain finishes. 

We are going to go over what each of these means and if matte foundation is for you. You will learn what makes a product matte and how to apply it for the best results. 

Different Foundation Finishes

You may already know that there are many different finishes on the market. You have to decide how you want your skin to look and what kind of coverage you want. 


A dewy finish gives you a glowy youthful-looking appearance. Foundations with this finish will allow your skin to show through but make it look more luminous. It's best suited for people with dry or mature skin

However, the dewy glow is not going to be flattering on everyone. This foundation formulation can look wet, and people that struggle with oily skin may not love it. This finish can also enhance blemishes and draw attention to deeper wrinkles. 

It is a go-to finish for people who want that second-skin feel and avoid heavy makeup. It's ideal for days when you want your skin to look natural and don't need full coverage. 


A satin finish is a combination of dewy and matte. It's the perfect in-between for those that don't want the wet look but still want a little glow. This finish doesn't look as flat as matte but isn't shiny either.  

All skin types can wear this finish, but oily skin types may want to use it with a translucent powder. The satin finish won't accentuate any imperfections like deeper wrinkles. It isn't as lightweight as dewy makeup, but it isn't heavy. 

You can achieve a higher coverage level with satin finishes. You can also have a touch of radiance without looking shiny. 


Matte finishes offer no shine and look dry on the skin, making them ideal for certain skin types. People with combination or oily skin generally love a matte foundation. It can reduce the appearance of pores and won't look greasy. 

They can give you full coverage all day, making them perfect for when you need long-lasting flawless looking skin. This finish is great if you're running around in the heat since they keep shininess at bay. 

HIDE Premium Foundation offers a soft-matte finish. It won't make your skin look dull but will keep you from looking greasy. Plus, it will give you lightweight, full coverage that’s the perfect match for your skin. Your skin will be able to breathe, but it's also sweat-proof. 

Pros and Cons of Matte Foundation

Now that you have a general idea for a matte foundation, let's dive deeper. We are going to go over the pros and cons of this finish. 

Pros of Using Matte Foundation

  • Full Coverage: This finish gives the best full coverage and can hide any imperfection. It won't draw attention to a blemish and will even out your skin's texture. 
  • Shine Proof: If you struggle with shininess, you need a matte foundation. They are formulated to absorb oil and keep you looking matte all day. 
  • Long-Lasting: Matte formulas are the best for all-day wear. HIDE Premium Foundation lasts for 12+ hours. 
  • Oil-Free Formulas: Matte foundation formulas are oil-free. You want to avoid added oils in your makeup since they can clog your pores

Cons of Using Matte Foundation

  • Can Look Too Dry: Ultra-matte foundations can make your skin look too dry. A matte foundation can enhance flakiness if you already struggle with dry skin. 
  • Enhances Wrinkles: Fine lines and wrinkles are just a natural part of aging. A matte foundation can draw attention to these wrinkles if you're not careful. 
  • Feel Too Heavy: Some matte formulations can feel very heavy like you're wearing a thick layer of makeup. They may not allow your skin to breathe and look cakey if you don't blend them out properly. 

HIDE formulated a full coverage matte foundation that doesn't feel heavy. The pigments mimic natural skin, and a small amount will hide imperfections, and you won't look cakey. You'll forget you're even wearing foundation!

How To Pick the Finish for You

Dewy, satin, or matte? So many options available when selecting your foundation. Before settling on a foundation finish, you have to think about your skin type and your coverage level needs. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference and how you want your skin to look. 

Consider Your Skin Type

You want to consider your skin and how it looks under makeup. You want to find a finish to complement your skin type and counteract any problems. 

Dewy foundations can be ideal for people with normal to dry skin types. People with oily skin may feel too oily when wearing a dewy finish. Satin finishes are more suitable for mature skin, and matte finishes are ideal for combination to oily skin. 

However, if you have oily skin and want to embrace the shine, you can use a dewy or satin finish. Likewise, dry skin types can still wear a matte foundation and look great. These aren't hard and fast rules. 

What Coverage Do You Need?

There are just as many coverage levels as there are foundation finishes. Sheer, light, medium, and full coverages are all options. You can achieve all of them when you use a satin or matte liquid foundation. 

If you don't like the way, makeup feels you may like a dewy finish since it offers light to medium coverage. A matte foundation is better suited for people that want full coverage and don't want to stop for a midday touch-up. 

How To Get the Matte Look

Before you apply a matte foundation, you'll want to prep your skin. If you have oily skin, you can use products that eliminate shine. Certain moisturizers and primers can help in creating a matte base. 

There are matte foundations in powder and liquid formulations. If you choose a powder, you'll need a powder foundation brush. Dip the brush in the product and tap off the excess powder. Begin buffing the powder onto your face. Continue this process, dipping, tapping, and buffing until you achieve an even complexion. 

You can use a brush or a makeup sponge for liquid foundation. Buff or press the product onto your face starting inwards and working your way out. Don't forget your neck when blending out the foundation. 

You can set your foundation by using a translucent powder or setting spray. HIDE products set themselves, so this step may not be necessary. 

Choose a Finish

The finish for you is what you like best. There are many options to consider, and trying out a few may help you decide. A soft-matte foundation can work for all skin types. It's long-lasting and offers full coverage. 

HIDE products provide excellent coverage while still feeling light on the skin. They may be a good place to start if you're looking for a new foundation. 

Get the Look

Get the look at HIDE for a foundation with a soft-matte finish. It won’t make you look too dry and will prevent shininess. 

  1. Foundation: HIDE Premium Foundation
  2. Concealer: HIDE Premium Concealer


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