The best matte powder foundation to stay shine-free and sun-kissed

The best matte powder foundation can give you that smooth matte "Just back from Saint Tropez" complexion that French women are so famous for all year-round. Read on for how to master French beauty using the best matte powder foundation!
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The French sun-kissed glow is unique. Far from the Californian surfer girl tan, and a million miles away from over-baked bronze, the French sun-kissed look is just as much about the quality of the skin as it is the subtle glow. Whether they're just back from winter skiing in the Alps or a summer spent on the Côte d'Azur, French women know that the best matte powder foundation is a must-have beauty tool for every woman's skin in all seasons...

The French sun-kissed look is just as much about the quality of the skin as it is the subtle glow

Summer fun, minus the make-up meltdowns

For days spent by the beach followed by evenings at sunset, you want your skin to give off a healthy, sun-kissed glow. However, not only is too much sun exposure bad news for the skin, but when we're on holiday we don't want to spend our time in front of a bathroom mirror. Make-up needs to be high-quality, but low maintenance. Cue the effortless "no make-up" make-up look, created using the Teint Idole Ultra Compact by Lancôme known as one of the best matte powder foundations thanks to its long-lasting mattifying properties that balance the complexion: discreetly covering uneven pigmentation, blemishes and even fine lines without leaving any tell-tale residue.

Matte powder foundation in winter: stay trend and skin-aware

There's no reason winter should mean you can't keep up on gorgeous make-up looks. The best matte powder foundation is not only your summer ally: one of winter's biggest beauty trends is a flawless, velvety matte complexion.

Why is matte our go-to texture for the colder months? Winter can be harsh on our skin, leaving our faces looking pale and fatigued, and emphasizing imperfections. Lancôme's Teint Idole Ultra Compact provides subtle, even coverage and a smooth matte finish that's beautifully comfortable – ideal for harsh winter weather.

The best matte powder foundation can be more than just beautifying, it can help improve the quality of your skin! Not only is the skin left feeling light and smooth, but the Teint Idole Ultra Compact powder contains extracts of cinnamon.

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French sophistication for any season

For moments when you need extra coverage or some last-minute shine protection, the Teint Idole Ultra Compact is the best matte powder foundation for carrying in your purse. Its chic black and gold casing and quality mirror make it as much a luxurious accessory as a must-have make-up tool!

For those who prefer not to use BB cream or foundation, the weightless Teint Idole Ultra Compact powder can be used over a mattifying moisturizer like the Bienfait Pure Focus Day Cream or Gel Pure Focus. The compressed powder's unique formula contains 25% perlite, a volcanic mineral known for its sebum-absorbing properties that give a flawlessly French matte/blur effect whatever the season.

Lancôme expert tips

Lara Srokowski, Lancôme Australia National Make up Director(1), loves using Teint Idole Ultra Compact as the finishing part of a smooth, matte make-up look created using Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation in different shades as part of her contouring technique.

By dusting the powder over the skin right at the end with a large soft brush, she seals the make-up in place and gives a natural-looking matte finish. Focus on the nose, forehead and chin areas, and always apply in sweeping outward motions. The result: a velvety complexion that looks healthy, radiant and shine-free for summer.

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