Shimmer verses Matte MakeUp

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There seems to be a lot of debate lately over shimmer verses matte makeup; eye shadows in particular, but it does run over into blush and lipstick too. What exactly is the difference between shimmer and matte? Shimmer has a small amount of sheen to it. Where it might look slightly wet, or have very very small specks of glitter. (Glittery makeup is something completely different all together though) As opposed to matte, which has absolutely no sheen to it. It is completely void of any reflecting light properties.  So how does this effect your makeup and your looks?

Lots of eyeshadow lately has shimmer in it. It is very very popular and trendy at the moment. It gives a great dramatic effect, will lighten your face, and can, if not overdone, make you look younger. This is because of the light reflecting property that the shimmer has in it. I do find though, that with some shimmer eyeshadow, it settles into all those little fine lines on your eye lid. Where as a matte will be more subtle and blend more into your skin. It won’t bounce the light around, so it can’t highlight those fine lines. For me, I tend to wear the shimmer eyeshadow out at night. Light will be lower, so the shimmer will bounce off the little amounts of light. This will showcase your eyes and bring more attention to them. Also, with the lower light it won’t highlight your lines as much as in full sun light. My go to day look is mostly mattes. Soft, neutral, less is more type attitude during the day.

You can find blush with both shimmer and matte. My personal opinion is to use shimmer on one area of your face at a time. If you are wearing shimmer eye shadow, please please please use matte for the rest of your face to avoid shimmer overload. However, during the day, when you are staying away from shimmer eye makeup, a little bit of shimmer in your blush is a wonderful thing. It will not only make you look more awake, it will perk up your entire face. Any day time blush, should have a smudge of iridescence in it.

Lip products come in very matte lipsticks, to very shiny lip glosses. This is really more of your opinion as to what you like and what texture you want on your lips. While matte lips are incredibly sexy, glossy lips will make your look fuller. It is the exact opposite of shimmer eyeshadow though, matte lipsticks will show off ANY chaps, lines or unevenness in your lips. Making them/you look older and your lips smaller. Where as, the shiny gloss will cover over any of those imperfections. Giving your lips a full, soft, pouty look. The choice here is to decide what look you are going for and what your natural lip shape is.

What are you thoughts on shimmery very matte makeup? What do you typically wear and why do you like it?

21 thoughts on “Shimmer verses Matte MakeUp

  1. I haven’t given much thought to shimmer vs. matte before, but I love the idea of something that makes me look younger & brightens my face. I had melanoma on my face a year and a half ago, so I’m very self conscious about my face… anything that makes me feel prettier is a bonus.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Don’t be self conscious, rock the skin your in!! Feeling pretty is so important. I know that sounds really superficial in the grand scheme of things, but it really makes a huge difference on how you interact with the world. You are BEAUTIFUL!!

    • Try throwing on some blush, and see the difference it makes. Foundation covers up our natural flush. A little blush will go a long way. Have a great day

  2. I LOVE shimmer eyeshadow because it looks and makes me feel so glamorous. I also love matte eyeshadows, but hate working with them. I wish I could pull off a matte lip, but my lips can’t handle it! I keep forgetting to try out matte looks when I go out, but I am going to try and remember!

    • Matte eyeshadow can be tricky to work with. But I have found that better makeup (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Too Faced) are much easier then drugstore brands. I think matte lips are hard to pull off. You have to really take care of your lips to be able to do it. Thanks for stopping by!!

      • Oh definitely! The drugstore mattes are pretty ick most of the time. I didn’t feel like looking through my stash this weekend so I just grabbed my drugstore type palette and did a matte look, it turned out quite nicely. I went to grab a shimmer set, but then I remembered this post and grabbed some mattes. I am going to organize my stash this week and then I can see if I have any decent branded mattes.

  3. As a makeup artist, and beauty pro, I love all sorts of makeup and feel as if they each have their own time and place. I tend to shade and contour my eyes and face with matte products and highlight with shimmery ones. That being said, I have tons of shimmer blushes and glosses, and lots of nude and neutral shadows (with a few shimmers in there for my lids and brow bone)

    But I can’t lie. I love both!

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