It’s official: matte skin is in (no? just ask Pat McGrath, who gave models enviable velvet-like complexions at over 12 shows this season). Case in point: Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana.

For the last five or so seasons, the buzz words backstage have been ‘dewy’, ‘sheer’, ‘radiant’ and ‘luminous’ – great, if you’re Anna Ewers and blessed with good genes and a spot-free complexion, but not so great if your skin falls short of perfect.

On the flip side, until now, we’ve been under the impression that matte skin means ‘dull’, ‘heavy’, ‘flat’ or ‘cakey’ but this isn’t the case when it’s done right.

Our friends at MAC let us in on a little secret – the key is to keep it light and luminous, but without the shine.

How exactly? Read on… some of these tricks surprised us.

By Carmen Hamilton.