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7 Best Anti-Shine Skincare Products

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Like clockwork, summer begins and the oil intensifies on my T-zone. It’s the last thing I need, since it can cause makeup to run and my face to break out. If you share my T-zone tribulations or have other oily skin areas, you can keep glowing without the grease. Here are my top seven tried and trusted products to help combat shine all summer long. Just choose your preferred texture and ideal application method.


Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, $39

This translucent, refreshing powder dusts on like a mist. It employs fine, light-reflecting particles to smooth fine lines, blur imperfections and reduce pores for an airbrushed-like finish. Bonus: it also sets makeup for extended wear. Apply after makeup.


Boscia Blotting Linens , $10

Blotting sheets are the perfect portable solution. Made from 100% natural abaca tree fiber and infused with a soothing green tea extract, these sheets absorb excess oil and perspiration, reducing shine without disturbing makeup. Keep these handy for on-the-go, easy touch-ups throughout the day—whenever, wherever.


Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner, $55

This unique formula transforms from a treatment gel into a water toner as it is massaged into the skin. Targeting oily and acne-prone areas, it mattifies excess oil, reduces pore size and redness, and tightens the skin. Use in the morning to keep makeup set, or at night after cleansing for a smoother, shine-free complexion.


Hourglass Setting Powder , $46/$20

Infused with light-reflecting diamond particles, this translucent setting powder blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles while absorbing excess oil. With an invisible finish, it enhances the look of your natural skin without any caking and sets makeup for a longer-lasting wear with a second-skin feel. Apply post-makeup.


Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel, $32, $13

This lightweight, water-based gel will give your skin a soft-focus blurring effect. It works overtime to absorb excess surface oil and minimizes the appearance of pores for a natural-looking matte finish. Use before makeup application.


Bioderma Sébium Mat Control , $19.90

Sébium Mat Control is formulated with eight hour “Mat & Smooth Technology” to regulate shine, refine texture, tighten pores and reduce the appearance of blemishes. We’re talking real results for naturally beautiful skin. Use morning and/or evening after cleansing.


Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, $21

A liquid that acts like blotting paper for fresh matte skin? Yes, please! This priming perfector targets oil-prone areas and minimizes the appearance of pores. Use as a primer before makeup or throughout the day to touch up areas as needed.


Illustrations by Megan Badilla