Staying Matte



It’s no secret that mattifying beauty products have become all the rage these days. No one wants to look oily or greasy throughout the day, and some go to the extents of avoiding people and photographs if they catch themselves not looking as matte as they wish. A lot of beauty and skin care brands are coming out the products that target this issue and help us to keep looking fresh and not oily through a long day, and I’m going to do a quick little review about a few of the items I’ve personally been using in my everyday makeup routine.


The first and possibly most common product to stay matte is a mattifying pressed or loose powder. I currently own two translucent pressed powders that help do the trick. My first is a bit on the high street side of the spectrum, the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder. The second is the Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder, and can be found in pretty much any drugstore for a cheaper alternative. Just because one is pricier doesn’t exactly mean it’s that much more effective. I have found both of these products to be great and don’t let me face shine in a bad way throughout the day. There comes a time when my face can appear dew-y, but that in just a very natural glow that your face should have. I light dusting of these powders on your face, all you honestly need is to cover your T-zone, and you’re good to go!


I’ve mentioned this product in the past, but it is always worth bringing back to remind you how great it is. The Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray is a great way to keep all your face oils at bay and to keep your makeup lasting longer throughout the day. There are a few different sprays in the product range, but this one is the best for “de-slicking” your skin. Some people spray this only after all their makeup is done, but I tend to spray it half-way through my makeup routine as well, after my BB cream and any sort of concealer is used before I move onto the powder-based products. This is a dual item as it fights to keep you makeup intact and from looking oily.


If all else fails, carry around some blotting papers to keep a more matte look throughout the day and reduce the excess shine. I’ve been using the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets when in dire need and feels it does the trick. As we start transitioning from summer into fall, you may not find your face as oily as the heat starts to fade to a more temperate temperature, but it is always good to have a backup for days that you know will be long and any extra help is needed to look calm and collected with a matte finish to your face.