Got Shine? The Beauty Products That Can Help

Living in Washington, D.C., my skin was dewy on a good day, an oil slick on a humid one.  I remember being in a bar once and a male friend asking me how I got my skin to look ‘so wet’ all the time.  The way he said it, it sounded like he thought this was an accomplishment, but it felt like a burn.

If you’re struggling with spring/summer shine, these products can help.

The issue with shine-removing blotting papers is that they remove makeup.  And adding more makeup just causes problems.  So when I spotted this Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Roller, I was like, “you have my attention.”

The porous stone in the roller absorbs oil and reduces shine without removing makeup.  One swipe, and my t-zone looks as fresh as it did when I left the house that morning.  Just rinse the stone with water from time to time to keep it gunk free.  #gamechanger

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen is the thing for hot, humid conditions.  It has SPF 50, and a weightless mousse texture that dries to a soft powder finish.  My one caution is that if you’re having photos take (ie. outdoor wedding), it will give your face a white cast in photos.  But on a regular day, this fab product will protect you from the sun and keep your skin looking matte all day.

My wedding was at 11:00AM on a hot summer day.  The party ended at 11:00PM.  So my makeup got put through its paces.  Urban Decay’s De-Slick Setting Spray kept everything in place and looking fresh for those 12-hours.  It is the best product for fresh-looking makeup in less than fresh conditions.

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  1. Pam says:

    Thanks for sharing these great products! Living in the DC swamp, I can’t wait to try them!

    May 19, 2021/Reply
  2. E says:

    Can vouch for the roller ball thingy. It leaves your makeup but takes the shine. I don’t get how it works but love it.

    May 19, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I can vouch for it. I roll it over my t-zone, the makeup is there, the shine is not. Maybe it’s magic elves. I may be losing a little makeup, but it is nothing like I lose with a tissue or blotting paper.

      May 20, 2021/Reply
  3. JS says:

    Totally second the praise for Urban Decay setting spray. I think I used their All Nighter spray for my wedding (August in New Orleans… ugh). Got the tip from a friend who is a news reporter. She uses it to keep her makeup in place when she reports on location during hurricanes. 🙂

    May 20, 2021/Reply
  4. Chelsea says:

    I like blotting paper — Tatcha makes a nice one.

    May 21, 2021/Reply