The Best Shine-Busting Products For Summer

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Summer is here and if you’re an oily skinned gal, that means it’s time for some serious shine busting. Even those who don’t normally have oily skin may find that they suddenly start getting shiny once the heat hits. Here are our favorite products for preventing oil slicks without having to blot your skin every hour.

Featured photo credit: Benefit Cosmetics

Mattifying Primer

A good primer is essential to fighting shiny skin. Applied over moisturizer it can help even out texture, conceal pores, and prolong makeup wear.

Recommended Products:
BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, $36
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, $36
Hourglass Veil Mineral Makeup Primer SPF 15 Oil Free, $24

Mattifying Moisturizer

Like primer, mattifying moisturizer helps keep shine at bay by preventing skin from producing too much oil. Often when our skin is dehydrated it overcompensates by producing more oil. Be sure that you’re not inducing oil production by dehydrating your skin. Use a mattifying oil-free moisturizer to keep skin healthy and balanced.

Recommended Products:
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 ,$29
La Roche-posay Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer, $25
Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, $35

Clay-Based Mask

When you have oily skin it’s necessary to do a deep clean weekly. You can easily get an at-home deep clean by using a clay based mask to purge pores of impurities and excess oil. Use at least once and week to keep oil under control.

Recommended Products:
Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque, $29
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, $9
Kiss My Face Deep Cleansing Mask Pore Shrink, $14

Long Lasting Eyebrow Makeup

If you have oily skin and you fill in your eyebrows you know all too well that eyebrow products are the first to fade. It’s important to use a long lasting eyebrow filler. Look for water resistant eyebrow makeup that is wax based for maximum wear.

Recommended Products:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21
Revlon Colorstay Brow Enhancer, $13

Stay Put Eyelid Primer

Creased eyeshadow is another problem oily skinned gals face. Try using a stay-put eyelid primer to keep lids oil-free.

Recommended Products:
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, $21

Matiffying Powder

A light dust of mattifying powder is essential for those with oily skin. Opt for a translucent formula that has a natural finish. Always use a light hand to avoid looking “powdery.”

Recommended Products:
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder, $39
elf Studio High Definition Loose Face Powder, $6

Makeup Setting Spray

Another product worth trying if you have persistent oily skin is a shine-busting makeup setting spray like Urban Decay De-Slick. This product is renowned for helping makeup last longer and stopping shine like nothing else.

Recommended Products:
Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish, $43
Urban Decay Deslick, $30

Oil-Free Foundation

We can often get caught up in the latest new foundation or BB Cream with loads of special ingredients, shimmery finishes and miracle anti-aging promises. The problem is these foundations can be majorly shine-inducing for those with oily skin. It’s best to stick to a simple mattifying foundation if you have oily skin. Many “anti-aging” foundations will turn into a major oil slick within hours so opt for a foundation made for your skin type rather than what’s trendy.

Recommended Products:
Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Combination/Oily Skin, $12
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $55
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $45

Oil Blotting Papers

These are a staple for oily skin. Best of all, a brown napkin or paper towel (such as the ones you find at Starbucks) works quite effectively if you’re in a crunch. Keep oil blotting papers on hand to deslick quickly.

Recommended Product:
NYX Matte Blotting Paper, $3.50


Lastly, if you have super oily skin that is caused by hormones, it’s worth looking into the prescription Spirnolactone. This medicine actually stops your skin from producing too much oil by balancing your hormones. It doesn’t come without side effects though, so check with your doctor for details and information about Spirnolactone.

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