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Glowing skin is our goal year-round, but there is such a thing as “too glowing”—which is best interpreted as “greasy.” A natural-looking matte complexion is our ideal for spring and summer, which is not-so-coincidentally when things start to get slick. Even if you think you’ve tried every mattifying product out there, we encourage you to give these 5 a chance… because how else will you get the flawless skin of your dreams?
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray ($30, urbandecay.com)
A weightless, non-sticky setting spray that deflects shine for hours on end—it sounds too good to be true, but this innovative mist, a collaboration between Urban Decay and the geniuses at Skindinavia, does that and more. Makeup really stays put with this product, eliminating the need for touchups throughout the day.
Boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens ($10, boscia.com)
Blotting papers are an absolute necessity for maintaining matte skin, but these “linens” go above and beyond by encouraging better skin as you blot. Bamboo water neutralizes bacteria, while willow bark-derived salicylic acid unclogs and purifies pores—and, of course, 100% natural Abaca tree fiber absorbs oil and perspiration.
Jouer Long-Wear Eye Brightening Primer ($24, jouercosmetics.com)
It’s not billed as a mattifying product, but this long-wearing eye primer ensures that eye makeup stays put exactly as it should, even and perhaps especially on oily eyelids. The neutral tone evens out the area around the eyes, concealing veins and preventing shadow creasing all in one go.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($33, tartecosmetics.com)
Of all the oil-fighting finishing powders we’ve tried, this silky translucent formula takes the cake. The trick is in its star ingredient, Amazonian clay, which balances skin by hydrating, smoothing, and absorbing oil for a flawless finish.
Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($38, coverfx.com)
Primer is an integral part of a shine-free face, and this gel-texture formula can’t be beat. It not only does the job of a primer, facilitating perfect makeup application and extending the wear of your foundation, but it prevents and heals blemishes as well thanks to salicylic acid—and yes, it gives an instant mattifying effect, so it’s basically the answer to all your skin problems.
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