6 Mattifying Products for Oily Skin
Whether your skin is naturally oily all the time 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. Note: All products are owned by our parent company, L’Oréal.
For a budge-free finish, this new primer by Urban Decay is a must. It will keep your skin looking fresh for up to eight hours and leave it feeling hydrated, soft and supple. Not to mention, it’s extremely lightweight and will keep oil from cropping up throughout the day.
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, which is designed 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 remove 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 larger than they really are. If that’s your reality, try this lightweight primer. The formula smooths the appearance of skin’s texture and helps minimize the look of pores.
When it comes to absorbing excess surface oils in a pinch, few products work as instantaneously as blotting papers. Sure, 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 NYX pulp papers are available in four unique variations — Matte, Fresh Face, Green Tea and Tea Tree — and are perfect for use on the go. All you have to do is gently dab the paper onto areas that appear shiny, and if there’s any oil absorption, you’ll notice it transfer onto the sheet.
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.
For an ultra-matte finish, the All Nighter Spray from Urban Decay is a no-brainer. This oil-absorbing formula has a flash-proof finish, controls shine throughout the day and helps makeup stay put for up to 16 hours.