Shiny-skinned gals, you’ll know well that the pursuit of a properly matte complexion can be a tricky path to navigate. Layer your products poorly and you’ll end up with cake face; skip primer altogether or get a little too handsy with your moisturiser and you’ll be met with makeup meltdown by midday. So what do you REALLY need? Prods that deliver the real deal for mattifying and soaking up shine, of course. Get your debit cards at the ready and get right into this lot.
The zit-zapping primer
Shiny skin is a result of an excess of sebum, and sebum is the bad boy behind blemishes. This pore-perfecting primer, formulated with tea tree and salicylic acid, tackles the two, giving skin a satin-smooth, matte finish that creates the perfect base for foundation. It’s heavy-duty stuff, so you only need a little.
The complexion correctors
Oily skin can be prone to enlarged pores, so while you might want to reach for the most mattifying foundation you can find, we swear by going for a slightly more forgiving formula. Nip+Fab Makeup Foundation provides medium coverage, which has a soft-focus effect that hides any lingering redness or dark spots from previous breakouts. It’s buildable and blendable, so you can add additional coverage when you need it without worrying that’ll it’ll cake.
If you need to cover up pesky pimples, reach for a high-pigment corrector. We love Vichy Dermablend Corrector Concealer, which is rub-resistant and will stay put even when your skin starts to get a bit oily. Set your makeup once in the morning with a fine veil of loose, translucent powder such as MUA Pro Loose Mattifying Powder.
The shine solver
While it can be tempting to reach for your powder when you’re over your face looking like the contents of a deep fat fryer, piling on powder over powder will lodge your foundation in pores, giving a patchy, imperfect look. Instead, mop up shine with blotting powders which won’t upset or move your makeup. Superdrug Deep Action Mattifying Shine Control Papers soak up shine and have a slight mattifying effect.