Shimmer and matte makeup are two of the most common makeup finishes you’ll come across. These two textures are on the opposite ends of the makeup spectrum, but both have their benefits. No matter which type you prefer, both are capable of creating gorgeous makeup looks.
Let’s breakdown matte versus shimmer makeup to find out which type of makeup is best for you!
Matte makeup is pretty easy to spot, as it’s that poreless, airbrushed look that we all know and love. Generally, matte makeup does not contain any oil. Therefore, it can be ideal for people with oily skin. If you have dry skin, matte makeup can make it appear more noticeable.
How to apply matte makeup
Wash and moisturize your face before you apply matte foundation. Because it doesn’t contain oil, matte makeup won’t budge, but we always recommend using a primer first. If you have dry skin, our Studio Pro Anti-Shine and our Studio Pro Mattifying Primer are both great options to prep your foundation. Apply matte makeup using a blending sponge, as this will help to give your foundation that airbrushed look that you are after.
For matte eye makeup, it’s pretty simple. Make sure your eyeshadow primer also has a matte finish, like this long-wear primer. Avoid any eyeshadows that are too shimmery. Our Modern Neutrals 28 Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette contains lots of versatile, matte shades for you to choose from.
Don’t forget about your lips! Lucky for you, liquid matte lipstick is one of the hottest beauty trends in the industry, and one we don’t see going away any time soon.
Shimmer makeup is just what it sounds like…it shimmers! Unlike its matte counterpart, shimmer makeup contains sparkle and glitter. It’s known for giving that sun-kissed, youthful glow.
How to apply shimmer makeup
To get this look, choose a foundation that isn’t labeled as matte. It sounds obvious, but using matte makeup will create the opposite effect. We like liquid foundations for this look, but BB Cream will also make you appear radiant all day long.
Shimmer can come in various textures, but it’s most important that your setting powder contains shimmer. The powder will give you the illuminating look that you want. Once you’ve finished applying your foundation, use a light, fluffy brush to gently apply your setting powder. Don’t use too much pressure. Light pressure will give you that subtle shimmer that you want.
What better way to get that illuminating look you want than Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale collection? The Illuminating Shimmer works well as a bronzer or highlighter to create a glowy look that warms your skin. Don’t be afraid to apply this product to your collarbone and neck too. Our Blacklight Highlight palette is another must-have if you are Team Shimmer. Hint: you can also use it on your eyes!
For your eyes, apply a neutral shimmer as the base shade. You can also apply a lighter shimmer to the inner corners of your eyelids.
Finish with your favorite lip gloss, and you’re ready to shimmer and shine!
Are you Team Shimmer or Team Matte? At BH Cosmetics, we love a good beauty debate! Looking for more comparisons of your favorite beauty products? Check out our post that’s all about gloss versus matte lipsticks.