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5 Tricks to Banish Unwanted Shine

  • 5 Tricks to Banish Unwanted Shine
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    When it comes to avoiding shine, start with your morning beauty routine, specifically, the products you use to wash your face. “Cleansers with salicylic acid in them really help cut oil production,” Leary says. Her favorite? Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser ($26).

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    To prevent unwanted shine from creeping up throughout the day, make sure to prep your canvas. “Mattefying primers are one of my favorite ways to bust shine,” Leary says. She swears by Colorescience’s Mattifying Face Primer SPF 20 ($46) and Arbonne’s Makeup Primer ($38).

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    “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.

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    “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. 

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    “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!

“Shiny” is a word we’d like to describe our jewelry—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

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