Jane Iredale Beyond Matte

The transition to High Definition (and within the foreseeable future the move towards 4K) has meant that we are seeing the world on our screens in much finer detail. Assuming you have a screen which is capable of an HD output, you will have seen sharper, more precise images which can expose make-up hits and misses…

One of the biggest make-up problems caused by working in a tv studio is keeping on top of shine whilst not overloading the skin with product (which becomes visible). Whilst the go-to product for much of the industry is MAC Blot Powder, Jane Iredale Beyond Matte HD Ready Finishing Powder is a staple in my kit and one product I am never without. Even if I am doing the most minimal male grooming make-up, you can almost guarantee that the skin with become a little bit too shiny at some point
Beyond Matte is a tinted pressed powder designed to eliminate shine and to help refine pores which give the appearance of a smoother surface and a flawless finish. As with all powders, you do get build up if used consistently over the course of a day, so to combat this I try to combat minor issues with just a tissues or blotting paper.
I initially apply Beyond Matte with a duel fibre brush once I have completed the make-up; sweeping over the t-zone and very lightly onto the cheekbones. Once on set I am monitoring the skin, looking for areas of high shine and strong reflections from the lights – these I deal with during commercial breaks or in between shots (depending on whether what we are shooting is live or pre-recorded), going over the offending areas with a lightly loaded powder puff (Camera operators hate loose powder- especially at close quarters!).
One of the great things about Beyond Matte is that you can (to a lesser or greater extent) vary the finish without too much build up on the skin by simply changing your method of application. A sponge will give the densest coverage and a matter finish, where as a duel fibre (or fan) brush will simply leave a flattering glow on the skin.
Available in four shades, The two I use most frequently are the skin toned powders; Translucent is a halfway house between the MAC light and Medium blot powders and is designed for fair to medium skin tones, whilst Dark (similar to the dark blot powder) is most suited to medium to darker skins (up to a point) and can be used as a matte bronzer on lighter skins. The other two shades are Peach and Lilac (the powders give minimal colour so don’t be afraid of them); the former having been designed for warming up pale skins and the latter for brightening sallow complexions.
Beyond Matte Finishing powder is available in both compact and refill options and is priced at around £28.00 and £19.00 respectively.
Have you tried Beyond Matte?
(vegan, Does not contain wheat)
Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Acrylates Crosspolymer, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

Images Courtesy of Jane Iredale
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