5 Tricks to Banish Unwanted Shine
“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.
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 favourite? Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser. [Ed's note: Kate Somerville's Detox Daily Cleanser is a good dupe, and available in Australia.]
“Using a moisturiser with mattifying properties will help kick shine to the curb,” Leary says. Look for ingredients like vitamin E and zinc or mineral-based moisturisers, which help prevent shine. Leary recommends Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat for non-greasy hydration that gives you a smooth matte finish. We love Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator ($60) for the exact same reasons.
“Foundations targeted toward 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 Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation ($61) in her clients’ T-zones and either Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation ($118) or Kevyn Aucoin The Radiant Reflection Solid Stick Foundation 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 Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers ($17). 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!