Ever thought you were taking part in a Kardashian-style selfie session, only to be left dumbstruck by how shiny your mug was when you sifted through the shots? Yup, nothing throws off your camera game quite like ‘a gorgeous glow’ turning out to be chip-shop levels of shine. So, if you want to look a picture in person and in, well, pictures, meet your shine-proof party squad below.
Avène Cleansing Foam
Preventing shiny skin is all about the way you prep your complexion. Wash with the wrong stuff and you could encourage shine. Our pick for a perfectly matte complexion for party season? A softly-softly, matte-making cleansing foam that won’t aggravate skin and send it into oil-producing overdrive. This one has been formulated with glutamic acid, which helps regulate and control sebum levels. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Vichy Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Blemish Care Day Cream
Tempted to skip moisturiser in a bid to keep skin shine-free? Well, all that means is your makeup just won’t sit right and you’ll end up feeling tight, flaky and uncomfortable under your full face of makeup. Instead, plump for a moisturiser suitable for oily skin. This one provides long-lasting hydration, which sinks straight into the skin without leaving a tell-tale oily film.
L’Oreal True Match Mineral Finishing Powder
Instead of piling foundation on top of foundation before your party – more makeup equals more product to slip and slide around your face – set your base first with a lightweight dusting of powder. Tap any excess off your brush before applying to shine-prone areas (the sides of the nose and on the forehead and chin) to avoid a cake-face appearance.
Nip+Fab Mattifying Fixing Mist
If you’ve overdone it with the powder in a bid for the perfect complexion, fear not. A facial spritz over your makeup will help get rid of that powdery effect, while also locking in your foundation and seeing off shine. Pretty genius, really.
Superdrug Deep Action Mattifying Shine Control Papers
It might seem like extra faff, but if you want a matte finish in those snaps, use these nifty shine-control papers to soak up any excess oil. Unlike applying more powder, which can cake your makeup, they’ll soak up sebum and shine to leave your complexion #flawless.