myblueballs asked: Hi, Hilary! :D I've been a big fan for quite some time and read your posts religiously. I've been wondering: What the difference between a mattefying look and a dewy look and all the other kinds? I'd love to soak up more knowledge. Your blog is ace! :)
Hi! Thank you so much, it’s so awesome having kind, loyal followers <3
Beauty gurus, makeup artists, and bloggers tend to use a certain kind of language that we never really explain! I know that I’m guilty of it, so I apologize to everyone if sometimes I use weird words when I’m describing products or looks! I definitely encourage all of you to just shoot me a quick message if you don’t know what I mean by a phrase or word, I’d be happy to private answer the meaning back to you!
Your question seems to revolve around different textures/finishes of the face. I’d say that the most common ones in this category are matte, dewy, satin, and natural. Matte finishes are completely shine-free. They are more flat, opaque, and almost powdery, with no shimmer or gleam to them. Dewy is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum - these finishes have high shine. Depending on what we were talking about, a dewy finish could also be described as creamy or glowing. If you think of a morning dew on the grass, you’ll imagine a wet, shimmery look - dewy finishes are similar when we discuss foundation or highlighter! Satin and natural tend to be the finishes that are right in the middle of dewy and matte. If we were talking about foundation, lets say, a natural finish would be one that looks just like skin.. something that doesn’t have a ton of shine, but isn’t flat or dull. Satin tends to be something that’s free of shimmer, glitter, or wet texture, but has a certain sheen to it that keeps it from being entirely matte!
I hope that helps you to envision these things a bit better! I also have a page on my blog that I never quite finished, but has a lot of similar information on it. I’ve called it my Beauty Glossary - find it at http://drugstoreprincess.com/glossary :)