MFW: This forgotten beauty product will be making its way back into your kit ASAP

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Amerley Ollennu
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Matte skin was back in a big way at Milan Fashion Week - and we’re seriously into it.

The Korean glass skin trend took ‘dewy’ to another level, but matte complexions are set to make a comeback if the looks at Sportmax, Etro and Ermano Scervino are anything to go by.

“I’m happy that powder is being used more this season as it did go out of fashion for a while. It’s no longer about just dusting it on the t-zone, but rather all over the face and then juxtaposing that with flashes of gloss which was how I modernised it at Etro,” says make-up artist Mark Carrasquillo. 

There’s a definite texture conversation happening in beauty, and now that powders come so finely milled, they have the ability to “blur the skin and not fall into lines and wrinkles,” says Carrasquillo. who cites Serge Lutens Finishing Powder, £120, Kiko Matte Fusion Pressed Powder, £10.90, and Benefit Hello Flawless, £28, as his favourites.

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The focus here was the ‘Janice Dickinson’ smokey eye, which was given a modern twist by adding a wash of gloss just before the models hit the runway. In order to make eyes truly shine, skin was matte and devoid of luminosity. 


At Sportmax, the contrast of matte and shine was played upon once again. The clothes in the a/w 2018 collection were colourful and graphic and so the make-up was as subtle as can be. A gloss was applied over the eyelid in an exacting shape at the edges (you can use tape to achieve this) and powder was used on the face to keep skin matte.

Ermanno Scervino

Skin was super-matte at Scervino as models were meant to look like moody teenagers. A little more expertly applied than the typical teenager, powder was used in lieu of foundation and concealer covered any blemishes. 

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