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The Finish of Makeup Part Two: Satin Finish + Video Tutorial

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

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

Here are the Finishes defined;

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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 Two focuses on a Satin Finish.

Satin Defined:1444048216_satin-finish


  • Healthy
  • Translucent
  • Rested
  • Natural
  • Alive
  • Attracting
  • Fresh


Regardless of age, a Satin Finish sends all of these  messages.








When heightening the Satin Finish in key areas, it subtly attracts people to where you want them to look.

Young natural African woman.


Our eye is drawn to where light most reflects.

For her it is the pillow of the lips and the glow on the eyelid just above the upper eye lashes.


For her it is just under the eyebrow and inner corner of her eyes.

To test the Satin Finish reflectivity of any product, smooth it evenly onto the back of your hand and then roll your wrist.

Watch how much light reflects from the thinly smoothed product. Choose products that reflect to your desired aesthetic.

Here is a Makeup Gourmet How-to Tutorial for Satin Finish eyes.

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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 Three I will discuss a Shimmer Finish in more detail.


Chris Scott
3rd 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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2 thoughts on “The Finish of Makeup Part Two: Satin Finish + Video Tutorial

  1. I bought your book when it came out last year. I don’t seem to be able to watch your videos. Is there a reason?

  2. Hi Louise,
    To watch the Face with a Heart companion video tutorials, please login first. If you have never logged in before, simply provide your email and private password after clicking ‘login’ at the top right of the page and your personal account will be made. This unlocks these exclusive videos for you.
    If you have any more concerns, call me at 415-431-9800 and I will walk you through the process. Thank you.

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