During a humid summer, I sometimes shift over to a more matte finish in my liquid foundation to combat the natural shine that comes from the heat and moisture in the air. I most prefer a medium coverage, but I found a nice full coverage option that still feels flexible on the skin and wears nicely!
Lancome Teine Idole Ultra Wear is a 24H full coverage matte foundation. I wear shade 260. It applies really nicely and I have to say I’m really impressed with the wear. It looked great toward the end of the day when my foundation will sometimes separate or cling to dry patches. I like to apply it with a brush (my current favorite is the Artis Oval 7) and occasionally set it with setting powder if I feel like I need it. My go-to setting powder these days is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, though another fantastic option for staying matte all day is the Urban Decay All Nighter Lightweight Loose Setting Powder. I use a fluffy brush, such as this large powder brush, to tap it onto my face, and use soft circles to blend it out!
Another foundation I love is the Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation. It’s a long-wear medium coverage matte foundation that somehow stays matte all day. It’s difficult to find a good matte medium coverage, so this is a big winner in my book for the summertime! My shade is 31NN and it’s a pretty great match for my skin. I’ve applied this with my fingertips, as well as the foundation brush I mentioned earlier, and love the results for both. Fingertip application is typically more natural-looking and sheerer than brush application, so the decision is based on how I want my makeup to look that day.
The last step of my makeup, always, is setting spray. I love how it brings everything together and “locks it in”. The Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray in Ultra Matte is my favorite to use all summer long. It’s the kind of makeup product that if I forget to use it, I can tell within a few hours.