Oh, you like my highlight? …Is it actually highlighter, or is it my forever shiny skin? Any gal with oily skin knows this time of year is the worst – and it seems all those articles on combating summer shine are written with the barely-there oil ladies in mind. If you have shiny skin year round, this round-up is for you. Keep reading to see which products I love for keeping my skin as matte as possible.
First things first: Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize. For perpetually shiny skin, I like the lightweight Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer. Then, once it has dried I prime with OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel and Colorescience Mattifying Perfector Prime Mattify Protect. The OC8 option smells sort of like glue but is INCREDIBLY effective and totally sheer; the Colorescience option adds some SPF and a bit of peach color for a small amount of coverage. If I’m really looking for more coverage – or a little pore blurring – I grab the Pore Fessional by Benefit.
The only concealer to ever survive my shiny skin is Tarte’s amazing Shape Tape. Set this stuff with a bit of powder and it does not budge!
Speaking of powder, I switch between two: The Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation and the Colorescience Natural Finish Pressed Foundation SPF 20. Once I have all the coverage I need, I move to the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and go to town. Just when I look like I am covered with powder I add an extra layer, then top it with 8 to 10 spritzes of the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray – by the time I leave the house, my oily skin will settle any leftover powder into perfection.
Like any forever-shiny gal, I always keep a few touch-up items in my purse. I like the Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 50 and Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for on-to-go help. Oh, and a stack of Starbucks napkins because… class. (But for real, they’re great blotting papers.)
When I get home, I’ll wash off using the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay if I’ve been feeling extra oily. Then, I rotate a few oil-control masks including the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay, a peel-off mask; GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment wash-off mask; and Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, which somehow helps with shine and dryness at once.
While these aren’t all the products I use, these ones really seem to help control (or survive) the shine, even during the summer. Ready to try one? Shop my favorites below.
How do you control your summertime shine?