Photo-ready Makeup: 5 of the best anti-shine products for oily skin


Forehead glare, shiny nose, we've probably all been there. Unfortunately it happens to us at the times we don't want it to right? For example, you're out its all hot and sweaty, you have that pic at the club with your mates and you see it the next morning...WHY MY FACE SO SHINY?! Unlucky for us, when your in a hot environment your skin produces oils to protect it from the environment around it. Before you know it it's straight to the nearest toilet to pack on the powder...but we don't like this powdering look right? 

I, myself use to suffer from having those problem area, e.g. my forehead and top of my nose which use to get quite oily throughout the day. I hate powder foundations & translucent powders, as i prefer more of the dewy make up finish. But I didn't wanna look oily. I never used to wear primers because I didn't believe that they did anything or lengthen the time of my foundation wear. I had a change of mind a few months back and decided to start trying some primers and alternative products that decreased the shine to my face. 

These 5 products are tried and tested and are ones that I LOVE that I want to share.

1.  No7 Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer.

This is an oil free, non pore blocking primer that sits flawlessly on the skin. It prepares your skin for make up applications giving it a longer lasting finish, locking in the make up. This product helps to block the shine and protect the pores. I used this products everyday for a week wearing Estee lauder double wear foundation. As this foundation has a long time wearing period anyway this helped to keep the foundation looking as fresh as it was when I first put it on.

2. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation.

This foundation literally does what it says on the tube. At £7.99 it is a bargain buy and provides you with 24 hour wear. NOT that I am every going to be wearing it for that long! This foundation has a waterproof formula, which provides you with a non-cakey finish. This foundation definitely stamps out all element of shine. When wearing this foundation I recommend still wearing a highlighter to give you that natural, healthy glow.

3. Urban Decay De Slick Makeup Setting Spray.

Wherever I'm going on a daily basis I have to finish off my make up with a setting spray to give me that peace of mind that my make up is all blended and going to stay like that. This setting spray is one that'll leave you that dewy, fresh faced look without looking to shiny a definite for a night out. The formula is like a strong hairspray to the face like old times. You can definitely rely on one spray in the morning lasting you all day.

4. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

For those people, like me, who don't like putting powder on top of their foundation. This product will make you change your mind, but only for this setting powder. It's so lightweight and sheer it doesn't even feel or look like you've put on any powder. It's so silky and reading the ingredients you can see why. This product contains the finest french cashmere talc which includes a radiant,light-reflecting formula. This product is completely oil free and can be used on your t-zone or all over your face to finish your look. It lasts all day and trust me, your make up doesn't budge and you look so airbrushed and flawless which is such a positive and wins over looking cakey and powdery!

5. Nyx Matte Bronzer.

This bronzer is perfect for all year round, not just the summer. It is very subtle with no shimmer to complete your matte look. It glides on flawlessly over foundation and powder and doesn't move around your face at all. It's perfect for that desired glow without looking to over the top. It's available in so many different shades you can't go wrong.

So there you have it, my guide to keeping a matte face whilst wearing some of the most popular products. I hope this helps you guys. Let me know what your face routines are with the type of skin you have. 
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