10 Products That'll Fight Shine Fast
There's a big difference between a natural glow and too much shine. Here are a few ingenious ways to help you stay matte all day.
By Amber Kallor
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Sephora Collection Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papers
Slip this sleek book of 100 double-sided sheets into your tiniest clutch. Highly absorbent charcoal, infused into each blotting linen, leaves skin refreshed without residue.
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Bobbi Brown Oil Control Lotion SPF 15
Get sun protection plus hydration and
a shine-free finish—seaweed extract absorbs excess oil while lavender soothes irritated skin.
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JK Jemma Kidd Show Stopper Water-Resistant Bronzer
There's enough bronzer in this jumbo compact to use on your face, décolleté and anywhere else you need a little matte color.
Olay Shine Control Lathering Cleanser
Forget waiting for a face full of goop to dry (or scaring anyone who happens to walk in on your at-home spa treatment)—this creamy face wash detoxifies and mattifies skin like a mud mask but rinses off instantly.
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Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
If you're prone to shine but hate the idea of a heavy, masklike finish, try this weightless base that blends well and doesn't cake in fine lines.
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Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen
We love this oil-free SPF, not only because it provides broad-spectrum coverage, but also because it dries to a powder finish so skin stays protected—minus the shine.
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Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
Not only does this primer reduce the appearance of pores and smooth your complexion, but it also helps control oil so your foundation doesn't melt off midday.
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Revlon Matte Powder Blush
Shimmer draws attention to shine—dust this on the apples of your cheeks to add a pop of nonglittery color.
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Laura Mercier Secret Finish - Mattifying
Apply this clear gel over makeup to mattify on contact. Unlike powder, however, this fragrance-free formula won't pill or dry out skin—sesame seed, argan and palmetto extract regulate sebum while vitamin E moisturizes.
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Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips
Unlike the kind we've used in the past, these pore strips not only pull out dirt and exfoliate dead skin but also deposit witch hazel (to kill blemish-causing bacteria), peony root extract (to prevent the formation of blackheads), silica powder (to refine and smooth skin), menthol (to cool) and activated charcoal (to absorb excess oil and reduce buildup all day).
$15 for six strips; BosciaSkincare.com