6 Mattifying Products to Keep Midday Shine at Bay
Whether your skin is naturally oily year-round or only when it’s exposed to heat and humidity — a good mattifying product is likely a firm fixture in your beauty arsenal. Achieving a natural-looking matte complexion is easy with the right products. Ahead, we rounded up six favorites, from blotting papers to primers that will help you kiss excess oil goodbye.
For a budge-free finish, this new primer by Urban Decay is perfect. It will keep your skin looking fresh up to eight hours and leave your skin feeling hydrated, soft and supple. Not to mention, it’s extremely lightweight and will keep oil from cropping up.
For an ultra-matte finish, the new All Nighter Spray from Urban Decay is a no-brainer. This oil-absorbing formula has a flash-proof finish, will control shine throughout the day and helps makeup stay put up to 16 hours!
In a world of seemingly endless skin-care products, toner doesn’t always get the praise it deserves. The truth is, toners are a welcome addition to any skin-care routine. For oily skin types especially, toners can help to remove lingering dirt and grime after cleansing, but some can even mattify skin — like this non-drying formula by Kiehl’s, which is formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface. Made with imperata cylindrica root extract and antarcticine, this toner helps to soothe and hydrate skin and gently removes any remaining residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture.
When your skin is oily, it can reflect light in a way that causes pores to appear large and in charge. If that’s your reality, try this lightweight primer to achieve a sleek, mattified complexion. The formula smooths the appearance of skin’s texture and helps minimize the appearance of pores.
When it comes to absorbing excess surface oils in a pinch, few products work as instantaneously as blotting papers. Sure, these blotting papers are only a temporary fix for greasy situations, but they leave the skin looking matte without disrupting makeup, so we’re not complaining. The pulp papers are available in four unique variations — Matte, Fresh Face, Green Tea and Tea Tree — and are perfectly portable for use while on the go. All you have to do is gently dab the paper onto areas that appear shiny. If there’s any oil absorption, you’ll notice it transfer onto the sheet.
If you haven’t already picked out your sunscreen, now’s the time to start (because, yes, you need one year-round). Oily skin types should reach for this broad-spectrum sunscreen, which is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays and help prevent sunburn. Unlike some sunscreens, which can leave behind a greasy residue, Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 boasts a matte finish, thanks to its oil-absorbing base and weightless mousse texture. Apply the formula liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours.
Editor’s note: For the best line of protection for your skin, pair daily sunscreen with other sun protection measures, such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and avoiding peak sun hours.