“Glowy, dewy, and luminous are some of the adjectives I hear most often from my clients to describe the makeup look they’re after,” says L.A.-based professional makeup artist and Priv pro Anais Cordova. “Unfortunately during summer, a glowy look can sometimes turn into a weather-worn mess”—which means, of course, grease and shine. The right products, however, can absorb, hide, and prevent excess oil from summer without leaving skin looking overly matte. Ahead, the eight shine-fighting products Cordova keeps in her kit.
Mai Couture 2-1 Blotting Bronzing Papier
Why Anais Loves It: “No need to carry around bronzer anymore! Not only does this paper absorb excess oil, it also gives you a bronzed sun-kissed look while eliminating unwanted shine. This company carries blush, highlight, and powder foundation blotting sheets. Genius, just genius! My best tip: Do not rub. This will smear your makeup. Simply blot areas with unwanted shine and leave a bronzed, contoured look along the way.”
Shiseido Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother
Why Anais Loves It: “This amazing formula acts like a smart filter that immediately absorbs excess sebum from your skin’s surface. I always send my brides off with a sample of this serum. It works like a setting powder, but you don’t even need a mirror to apply. With its velvety, lightweight texture you’ll have a long-lasting matte finish throughout the day. Simply dab a small amount onto fingertips and pat into skin over shiny areas.”
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
Why Anais Loves It: “I think there’s a misconception about charcoal peel-off masks. Not all of them pull out deep blackheads. This one here, however, is a detoxifying peel off mask that is meant to naturally clear blackheads, impurities, and excess oil over time using charcoal. Combined with a brightening formula, the mask also reduces hyperpigmentation and softens fine lines with anti-aging vitamin C and antioxidants.”
Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash
Why Anais Loves It: “When I notice a client has a little more oil on her face than usual, I have her wash off with this oil-control face wash right before applying makeup. With its calming formula, this face wash won’t over-dry skin. It’s been clinically proven to effectively remove excess oil, impurities, and makeup that can clog pores.”
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Why Anais Loves It: “With countless of options out there for facial oils, finding the right one can sometimes be trial and error. But I found that this multitasking oil helps brighten and calm excess sebum production on oily and acne-prone skin. I especially love the weightless feel. I apply two to three drops onto a clean face—or sometimes I mix a few drops into my liquid foundations for a more dewy, radiant look.”
Why Anais Loves It: “I carry this mattifying moisturizer in my kit at all times. It’s hard to pass up on a product whose name says it all—and this one really does do what it claims.”
Phillips Milk of Magnesia
Why Anais Loves It: “This drugstore product keeps your face matte and your makeup looking fresh even in the hottest of days. Use it as a primer by applying a thin layer onto your face with fingers or a fan brush—or just apply to any specific area that may be oily. There might be a white chalky residue once it dries, but this can be rubbed right off!”
Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist
Why Anais Loves It: “This setting mist is meant to hold your makeup all day long, giving you less to worry about. Not only will it set your foundation, but it will also keep your eyeshadow and lipstick in place.”
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