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Makeup Mattifying Products to Help Control Your Bridal Summer Shine

It may not be official but, the hot, humid South Florida Summer months are here. And that can be brutal on a bride’s skin during her big day. So how do you mattify and control shine during your lovely hot weather wedding?


There’s a fine line between glowing, dewy skin and an oily, shiny face.

There’s a fine line between glowing, dewy skin and an oily, shiny face.


Quite often excess oil and shine can be a problem because the skin is over stimulated due to weather conditions,  sun exposure and humidity. Lucky for you there are several products on the market that will help control shine and excess oil production. They are broken down into four categories of products:

  • serums (primers and gels)
  • powders
  • sprays
  • blotting tissues

Each category works differently but they all work towards the same desired effect of eliminating shine.

Serums are light weight products with a gel like consistency. They are applied to the skin before the makeup is applied. They are great for the skin because they work as a primer as well as an oil absorbing product. This type of product will help the makeup glide on better and stay on longer and the oil absorbing properties will control the shine. Some important ingredients to look for when looking at gels are silicones and Acrysorb (brand of Acrylates Copolymer) –  micro-particles that work to permanently trap up to 6X their own volume in oil.  It is only necessary to apply this type of product once a day but can be used over makeup for a touch up in the T-zone area. Be careful to apply this product over makeup, especially foundation because it can change the appearance of the makeup. Some brands to look for when searching for a primer/gel are Smashbox anti-shine, Peter Thomas Roth anti-shine and OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel.

The most popular solution to oil control with cosmetic products is the use of a powder. This will absolutely absorb oil and one of its main functions is to give the skin a matte or dull like finish. However, the issue most clients have when using a powder is that the desired effect does not last long enough and the more powder that is applied to the skin the more heavy or caked on the powder begins to look.

Some brands recognized the need for a colorless lightweight powder that can be applied several times a day and keeps the skin looking natural. These products include ingredients such as Kaolin clay, Amazonian clay, or oil absorbing rice powder. They come in loose or pressed formulas and leave the skin looking soft and smooth. Highly recommended brands include Urban Decay De-Slick, Tart T-Zone and Arbonne’s FC5 oil absorbing powder.

Mattifying sprays are great for touch ups before an important event or a long evening of long lasting makeup wear. These are an extreme lightweight mist that has oil absorbing properties such as rice powder and temperature control to prevent against your skin becoming over stimulated by any situation. This type of product is best used before you leave, but does not travel well. The light reflecting properties that this product has also helps the skin to appear younger and softer. The No More Shine Makeup Finish from Skindanavia ($29) controls oil and holds your makeup in place for up to 16 hours. Also the Keep Your Cool. Skindinavia Makeup Finish Spray  releases cryogenic technology to lower makeup’s temperature by a chill 20 F, thus keeping everything—foundation, eye shadow— in it place. It’s a favorite for my Summer brides.

The last option that many people lean towards is the use of blotting papers. Although they are great for absorbing excess oil, they can also and often times take away makeup product when used. They are only good for T-zone or chin areas and should be of good quality. Some less expensive brands contain mineral powder or oil; this actually can clog pores and make the skin worse in the long term. Better quality brands will have linen or rice paper and should contain flax seed which absorb the oil. For a calming effect, look for the ingredient bamboo. Shiseido PURENESS Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($18): For most brides, these are the reliable standard. They have the lightest covering of translucent powder on them, which ensures a matte finish post-blot. Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers ($12): From a purely shallow perspective, these come in second. They’re effective in de-oiling. But the gold-flecked, black-and-tan sheets are so perfect that you could gladly share with your groom.

I love instructing as much as I love makeup, so writing this little blog and sharing tips with my brides is a great joy for me. I could go on and on but having faces as canvases for me is what keeps me so in love with what I do! And why I’m obsessed with bringing out each bride’s unique features with a light hand and not creating a mask with a heavy hand. When thinking of new entries for my blog I try to think of fun and new techniques that simplify everything and make it less scary. Or for those of you that are very comfortable with makeup, I try to create pretty looks that will inspire you and offer the products and tips on how to achieve them. And I love reading your comments and feedback! It’s truly been an amazing journey so far!

Have a beautiful and blessed day!


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Posted in Beauty and Beauty Tips and Bridal Makeup and Makeup Tips and Skin and Skin Care by adminbm333 on June 3rd, 2013 at 12:11 am.

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