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How to Stay Matte for Every Occasion

  • 2 min read


Oily skin is often a challenge in the summer months. We spoke with our Global Makeup Educators Edgar Dominguez, Hannah Hatcher, Shawn Towne and Tricia Campbell, to get tips on how to stay perfectly matte and oil-free whether you're at work or heading to a wedding.

How to stay matte all day

According to our Global Makeup Educators, there are three steps to an all-day matte finish.

smooth affair oil control primer, mattifying primer

  1. Start with a good base. If you have oily skin, we suggest using Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer. It contains a revolutionary PoreAway technology that helps reduce shine, the appearance of pores and clogged pores, and create a smooth matte finish.
  2. Apply your foundation and makeup as usual; Hannah suggests using “a lightweight matte foundation like Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer to help cut down on oily shine and to help keep you matte all day.”
  3. Finish your look with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder or PureMatte Finish Powder. They both contain Rice Starch to soothe skin, absorb oil and eliminate shine. If you need a boost throughout the day spritz Balance Hydration Spray on your face; it’s formulated specifically to help balance skin’s oil production and pH.

How to stay matte at the beach

beyond matte HD mattifying powder

If you’re heading to the beach or doing any activity where you’re likely to sweat, Edgar recommends increasing the oil-control power by using Beyond Matte HD Mattifying Powder. “It contains an ingredient called acrylates crosspolymer, which is amazing for oil absorbing,” he says. “Having that special water-resistant ingredient also makes it the perfect summer product, especially in the hottest most humid climates.”

How to stay matte at a wedding or party

absence oil control primer

If you’re attending a wedding or any special event where you’ll be in front of the camera, our Global Educators have two suggestions – Beyond Matte and Absence Oil Control Primer. “Beyond Matte is better for people with especially oily skin or for special occasions when you really want your skin to look matte for longer periods of time,” says Shawn. “The proprietary technology in the formula helps control shine for hours and minimize the appearance of texture. It literally makes the skin look smoother.” For brides, our Global Educators suggest using Absence as a primer because it keeps your makeup color true all day and contains Kelp Extract and Hydrated Silica, which holds up to seven times its molecular weight in moisture, to balance and absorb excess oil.

How to stay matte without makeup

Oil control is not just something that should be managed on the surface. “You have to work from the inside out,” says Tricia. She suggests combining a daily supplement of Skin Accumax with a good overall skincare regimen and lots of water – often times, oily skin can be a reaction to dehydration. What are some of your favorite products for a velvety matte finish? Share them with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale and #OilySkinSolution.