FOTD: Matte Neutral

I put this look together and decided that it looked very… dated. Like 90’s dated. fotd matte neutralRemember when we were rocking all those neutral colors and doing monochrome ochre and what not? No? Okay, maybe that was just me.

Anyway, since rehabbing my skin I’ve been pressing a zinc based sunscreen into my skin before buffing my foundation over it. Zinc is normally my enemy, what with the white cast and all. But Jennifer taught me to ‘press’ the sunscreen in, instead of rubbing it (which brings up the white cast), and it has worked wonders. She also taught me to put just a light dusting of Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder over my bare skin before stepping out the door makeup free. Because I’m so oily, all that oil acts as a ‘magnet’ and attracts everything under the sun. Then I end up with dirt and oil and BAM! Pimple.

This foundation is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Now before you get excited, know that this foundation tends to fade on me after about 4 hours. BUT with the use of the zinc sunscreen … which acts as a really powerful primer… the Magic Foundation has actually  been staying on my oily skin. It doesn’t matter how many times you layer this foundation, it is a solid medium coverage, despite full coverage claims. I have scarring from the acid and I have to go back over those areas with a strong cover-up to make my skin uniform. But it does stick to the skin nicely, and my match (9) is exquisitely complementary. The color selection in this foundation is fabulous.

I did set the foundation with Innisfree, and put Guerlain Peach Party Blush on my cheeks and the ashy (matte) highlighter that Chanel came out with a few years ago (we were all so pissed when we found out the shimmer was actually just an overlay. Who does that? Rude). It actually worked for this look because it highlighted without shimmer.

The eyes are strictly Viseart Neutral Mattes palette (which I don’t use nearly enough to justify the price). Medium Peach on the lids and Dark Peach (under waterline) and Cool Brown in the crease. Bone on the browbone and inner corners of the eye. Anastasia Dark Brown Brow Definer in the brows and Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner (still my ever favorite) on the lashline. Tom Ford Metallic Mink pencil on the waterline and Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara.

Lips are a combination of Louboutin Lipstick in Zoulou (still my favorite of the bunch) and Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork.



  1. LaTeisha Elliott says:

    It’s SO pretty, doesn’t look dated at all. It’s a soft, fresh look!

  2. Thank you! It’s SO MATTE like the 90’s though. LOL

  3. Linda says:

    Pressing the zinc. Eureka! I had just officially given up on physical sunscreen last week. Thank you so much. Which sunscreen are you using?

  4. I live by Kose Sekkiseo Sunscreen (spf 50) and now add a little zinc from Badger and PRESS instead of rub! Makes all the difference in the world.

  5. I believe so. But I honestly only use a teeny bit. Most of it is the Kose Sunscreen, which disappears. I have really oily skin too, and it doesn’t seem to bother it. Good alternatives are Dr Goldfaden Sun Visor (which you can spray over makeup) but it goes bad fast. A lot of people like NIA 24. Not my favorite, but it might work for you. Otherwise, I’m all for an amazing bb cream with spf 50. LOVE Laniege BB cream or AHC tinted sunscreen is good but it runs a little on ashy side. Even with pressing I get flashback on that one.

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