Say Goodbye to Oily Summer Skin
For those of us with oily or combination skin, summertime can be a struggle; we all want to achieve a light, summery glow, but without looking greasy, shiny, or sweaty. Keep reading to see the four makeup must-haves to help you stay matte during this hazy summer heat. 1. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder: Whew, what a name. But this powder is, without question, worth all the syllables AND worth the price. This translucent powder does it all: eliminates oil and shine, creates a flawless, airbrushed look, and actually contains collagen and other anti-aging properties to help skin stay healthy in the high temps and humidity. Gently brush it on over your finished makeup, or wear it alone over moisturizer. Read more about it here. 2. NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray: This is another gem for beating the summer sweat. Spray it all over your finished makeup to not only keep your products looking fresh and fab, but it also dries to a perfect matte finish. Bonus: it's super affordable! Check it out here. 3. E. L. F. Mattifying Blotting Papers: Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably heard of/relied upon blotting papers in your summers past. I can remember seeing N*SYNC in 2001 at an outdoor concert and relying on old-school Clean and Clear blotting papers to keep me looking fresh Justin Timberlake. These blotting sheets by E. L. F. are the future of fighting oiliness; each paper is infused with translucent powder so you can gently pat away oil without messing up your makeup. And they come in an adorable portable compact for oil-control on the go. Get these essential blotting sheets here. 4. Stila Stay All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm: This product is really amazing. It's actually an oil-fighting gel that you can use before your makeup (as a primer) or after (as a mattifying finishing balm). The nice thing about the gel formula is that it doesn't leave a powdery finish, which could accidentally make your skin seem dull. Instead, the balm creates a beautiful, glowing matte finish. You need this balm, even if you have combination skin rather than super oily. Get it here. Just because the temperature is creeping up into the 90s and beyond doesn't mean your makeup has to suffer. Avoid shiny foreheads and chins by trying out any or all of the above products. Some can be found at your local CVS, while the others are Ulta or Sephora brands. For those of you luvvies who are smack-dab in the middle of attending a million weddings, these products aren't merely suggestions, but lifesavers. Enjoy your summer without sweating off all your hard work at the mirror.