“Shiny” is a word we’d like to describe our jewellery—not our skin. In the ongoing quest to banish that telltale sheen once and for all, we spoke with makeup artist Elle Leary of Cloutier Remix and asked for her best shine-busting makeup tricks.
Click through the slideshow and say hello to your new, beautifully matte visage.
Photo courtesy of Richard Baker
“Using a moisturizer with mattifying properties will help kick shine to the curb,” Leary says. Look for ingredients like vitamin E and zinc, or mineral-based moisturizers, which help prevent shine. Learly recommends Embryolisse’s Emulsion Hydra-Mat ($40) for non-greasy hydration that gives you a smooth matte finish.
“Foundations targeted towards those with oily skin usually leave a matte finish, so I’ll use that in the T-zone or anywhere else prone to shininess, and a normal foundation everywhere else,” Leary says. She uses Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation ($36) in her clients’ T-zones and either Tom Ford’s Traceless Stick Foundation ($78) or Kevyn Aucoin’s The Radiant Reflection Solid Stick Foundation ($45) on the rest of their face.
“Immediately after you apply your foundation, always blot,” says Leary. “This will soak up any excess oil, as well as extra product.” Try Boscia’s Blotting Linens ($10) or Shiseido’s Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($19). On the go? She suggests this trick: separate a two-ply sheet of toilet paper and use it as stand-in blotting paper.
How do you deal with unwanted shine? Share with us in the comments!