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The Finish of Makeup Part Three: Shimmer Finish + Video Tutorial

The finish of our makeup, namely Matte, Satin or Shimmer sends a clear and unique message.

finish image

This applies to all makeup; skin, eyes, lips and cheeks.

Here are the Finishes defined;

medium light


Matte – Does not reflect light. In a way, almost absorbs light.



Neutral copy


Satin – Reflects light similar to how the water and oil in our skin naturally reflects light.





Shimmer – Reflects light in a sparkling fashion. Hyper-reflection.



Each of these finishes send a distinct message.

How we mix and match these finishes influences how we are perceived when wearing makeup.

The following observations are based solely on my experience with makeup and do not necessarily reflect any scientific study.

Part Three focuses on a Shimmer Finish.

Shimmer Defined:Golden-Blues-Shiny-Shimmer-Makeup-2

  • Eye catching
  • Festive
  • Fun
  • Glamourous
  • Extroverted
  • Party over here
  • Wanna dance?



Subtle shimmery glow in just the right places illuminates a look.











Heightening the placement of shimmer to the whole face cannot help but attract attention, be conspicuously glamourous, and promote emotions from those who experience you.









Here is a Makeup Gourmet How-to Tutorial for glowy shimmery skin.

Experience the Gourmet Collection: Eye Shadow Quintets

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There is no right or wrong finish when using makeup.  when better understanding how the Finish affects the overall look, it only enhances the effect you want to create.

In Part Four, the final part to this series, we will look at how to mix and match all of these finishes to achieve our desired effect.


Chris Scott
1th of February,  2016



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CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.

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