As much as we love the warmer weather, it’s hard to keep your complexion looking fresh and perfectly matte when the sun is pounding and the humidity factor is high. There’s no real way around it: you’re going to sweat and face some oily, sticky situations during the humid, swampy months ahead. But it’s easy to stop the greasy madness with these oil-control primers, moisturizers and powders that give you fresh-faced skin and flawlessly shine-free finish without clogging pores or bringing on new blemishes.
Here are some of the best shine-busters that really live up to their claims so you can say bye-bye to that oily face…
Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($16.99) – Formulated for oily, acne-prone skin, this gentle fragrance-free moisturizer provides broad spectrum protection from the sun’s harmful rays while helping control shine with a long-lasting matte finish. The lightweight formula works well alone or under makeup.
Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine ($30) – Perfect for quick midday touch-ups, this ultralightweight mattifying loose powder with built-in brush applicator is the ideal purse companion!
BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36) – This oil-control primer goes beyond extending makeup wear, specifically targeting oil-prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day. It can be used alone, before, or after foundation to control excess oil, while minimizing the appearance of pores. The formula is sweat- and humidity-resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($3.99) – When you want to bring in the big guns, this lightweight pressed powder creates shine-free skin for hours while providing great coverage and minimizing the appearance of pores.
boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens ($10) – When you’re on the go, throw these oil-blotting papers in your bag to instantly blot away excess oil and perspiration without disturbing your makeup. Not only that, these blotting sheets also contain complexion-clearing bamboo and willow bark extract (a natural salicylic acid) to purify pores and help prevent breakouts.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray ($14) – This weightless setting mist helps control oil, deflect surface shine, and keeps your makeup from fading, sliding or smudging. Just spritz it on before applying a foundation, to help it stay put and keep skin looking smooth, but never shiny.
Covergirl Clean Oil Control Liquid Makeup ($7.99) – You can’t beat the price and performance of this drugstore foundation that covers and controls oil for the matte (yet natural) look, without any drying effect on the skin. And you can rest assured that the ultra-lightweight formula won’t clog pores or trigger breakouts.
tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($33) – This translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay instantly soaks up excess oil and keeps makeup in place without ever appearing chalky.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 l PA++ ($39.50) – This is a shine-reducing moisturizer that controls oil for up to eight hours while protecting blemish-prone skin from sun damage by delivering powerful UVA/UVB sun protection. It helps regulate oil production throughout the day while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish.