I have combination oily skin which is also blemish prone so it is quite challenging when it comes to ensuring my T-zone is shine free. I don’t have too much of an issue during Autumn/Winter because my skin tends to behave itself and my makeup lasts all day. However, during the warmer season, my skin just goes nuts especially during summer. I have an arsenal of products that have been tested and trusted which help keep my skin shine free within reasonable limits. For the most part, they work well and sometimes, they don’t work as well because my skin decides to still be naughty. Now, I don’t use all these products at once but I combine them in various ways depending on how the weather is looking like, the occasion, duration of event and how my skin is feeling. I hope it does not look complicated at all and you can leave questions below if you have any. The most important thing is to test as many products as you can and stick to what works for you. Right, let's jump in....
If you want your makeup to last or if you want your face to remain shine free for a long as possible, you need to use the right skin care products. If you use any skincare product that encourages oil production, it would be difficult to keep shine away. I always look out for skin care formulas that are oil free or mattifying so I can nip any shine in the bud. One of my favourite moisturisers is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser (review here). It has been featured more than a few times on here because it is one of my HG skin care products. It does a good job in moisturising my skin without any greasy feeling and it gets absorbed so easily. I think some of its active ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid have some mattifying properties which prevent shine. I particularly like it because it still leaves my skin moisturised. Another new discovery which I have been testing out over June is the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser (review coming soon). I think it even deserves its own review because I have absolutely enjoyed using it. It has a gel-like texture which sinks into the skin and gets absorbed easily. Its mattifying effect is quite visible after use but it does not dry out your skin. I have used it on a few occasions without a primer and it helped control my shine so I am very impressed. Another skincare product which helps keep my face shine free is the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Sunscreen SPF 50* (review here). Yes, I know it is a sunscreen but it is a dry touch gel cream which means that it does not feel greasy at all. It can be a little drying if you don’t use it correctly. I apply a pea sized amount as my last skincare product and let it sit for a few minutes before I apply my primer. It really makes a difference and helps keep everything matte and shine free. It is indeed a dual purpose product for me because it acts as a sunscreen and keeps my skin matte/shine free which is an added value.
I already have a full blog post talking about all theprimers in my stash so you can check it out here. I always use a primer every time I wear makeup because I just can’t take chances with my grease ball of a face. However, I use various primers for different foundations because I realise that not all primers work well with some foundations and even skin types. During summer, I tend to use more of my mattifying primers which help control shine and they go well with my long lasting foundations. One of my favourite primers which has a lot of mixed reviews is the Kiko Matt Base Corrector Primer (review here). This is one of my favourite mattifying primers but it is one that you need to understand how to use to get the best results. I never use it all over my face because it just makes my foundation impossible to blend in. I just apply a teeny amount around my T-zones. Sometimes, I use my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (review here) underneath to help my foundation glide on smoothly. Another Primer which I am quite impressed with is the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Enhancer* (review here). I have been trialling it for the past two months and I have enjoyed using it. It is a primer hybrid which keeps the skin matte but does not leave your face flat/dull. It adds a subtle glow (not shine) which is perfect for Summer. If you don’t get on with the KiKo Matt Base Corrector, then a good one to try is the Mary Kay Mattifying Primer (review here). It is mattifying but it does not dry out your skin or make it feel tight. This is one that can actually be used all over the face because it feels quite moisturising.I have been using it for a really long while. It works best with the corresponding Mary Kay Time Wise Matte Wear Foundation. If you are after a primer that keeps the skin matte and helps your foundation last longer, then the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer (review here) is one to try. It's a drug store offering but it is one I am really impressed with. It goes on slightly thicker than some of my other primers but it has mattifying properties which helps my foundation last longer. It is very affordable and one I reach for when I am travelling because it is compact and well packaged. The last mattifying primer in my stash is the Kuddy Cosmetics All Matte Primer* (review here) which I love. It is a silicone based primer which helps my foundation apply ever so smoothly and it has mattifying properties as well. It is perfect for summer or if you live in tropical countries like Nigeria. I had a chance to try it out when I was in Nigeria alongside the Kuddy Cosmetics Waterproof Foundation and it held up really well despite the blazing sun.review here) and it is one I adore. As the name implies, it is a matte finish foundation but it does not leave the skin dry at all. Its formula is slightly creamy but it sets to a beautiful velvet/demi matte finish. I have used this foundation for years and I keep repurchasing it because it really works well with warmer season. When I lived back in Nigeria, I always wore this foundation because it held up really well with the warm Nigeria sun. The next foundation is the newest addition to my stash and it is none other than the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation. It was recently launched this year but the shade range is slightly limited. If you have darker skin, just buy it from America or any other country because they don't stock darker shades here in the UK which is such a shame. I would have a separate review up soon but this is one I have been wearing since I purchased it. It also has a demi-matte finish and it lasts for a really long time. I won't go as far as saying it is 24 hours but it truly lasts almost all day with minimal need for a touch up.
The next foundation in my stash is the Kuddy Ultra Waterproof Matte Finish Foundation (review here) which I have used for more than a year now. It is truly made for summer time because it is super matte and holds up well against any temperature. I feel this is perfect for combination oily skin but if you have dry skin, I suggest moisturising and hydrating your skin before use. It also works best with the Kuddy Mattifying Primer so I highly suggest using it if you have dry skin. The last two foundations are high end foudnations which have been tried, tested and trusted. The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation is one of my favourite foundations for summer and keeping my skin matte because it also has a demi-matte finish and it sets in such a beautiful way. As the name implies, it is a long wearing foundation which is also oil-free so it keeps the face shine free. The last foundation in my stash for a shine free face is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (review here) which I purchased this year after it launched. I think this is the answer to anyone who has combination oily skin and you want a light weight formula for summer. It is super light and applies like a dream provided you use your fingers, beauty blender or a good buffing brush. I ensure I don't use a mattifying primer with this foundation unless it would be super difficult to blend in and may even separate. I would not recommend this for dry skin at all because it may cling to dry patches unless you moisturise and hydrate your skin and even use a smoothing primer. The finish is a velvet/demi matte one with a nice glow which I love. I think this is definitely one of my favourite foundations for 2015 because it makes my skin look absolutely flawless and it stays that way all day.
Setting and Finishing Powders
Setting and Finishing Powders are the last step for me to ensure my makeup remains shine-free and matte all day. The thing with these powders is you need to understand which ones go best with different foundations. If I use a super mattifying foundation, I would just use a light weight setting powder like the Kuddy Cosmetics HD Powder* (review here). It is super light weight and translucent so it does not add any extra coverage to the face. Instead, it gives the face a soft HD glow and it really helps my foundation last longer. I even use it with the odd dewy foundation to ensure I still have the glow without the shine. The next powder which is my ultimate Holy Grail is the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder (review here) which is also light weight but it does an amazing job at preventing shine. It also adds a subtle glow to my face which looks flattering during Summer. I love my Collection Setting Powder in Translucent (review here) and I use this around my T-Zones because it acts as an extra insurance to prevent any shine. I don't use it all over my face every time because it sometimes makes my face dull. However, I still use it when I have a foundation that tends to be shiny/dewy. Last on the setting powder list is the W7 Ebony Range Powder* (review here) which I just discovered last month. This powder has such an amazing coverage because it is well pigmented. I would suggest using it with a light hand or as a touch up powder. I use this sometimes on its own (without foundation) on good skin days because it still gives good coverage and my skin stays matte all day. As a touch up powder, I just blot it around my T-zones which are the areas where I get shine on super hot days. If you hate wearing foundations during Summer or the warmer season, I suggest trying the W7 Blotting Pressed Powder (Ebony Range) or using a BB cream and setting with this powder.
Phew!! That was a long one, wasn't it? I hope you found this post useful and you discovered some products that can help you keep your makeup matte and shine free this Summer. If you have any more product recommendations, please leave your suggestions below. What's your favourite product for keeping your makeup shine free this summer?...xx
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