Self-help books, Mariah Carey songs, and doting elementary-school teachers all tell you to maximize your shine. Shine bright on the inside, whether it be by designing shoes or cultivating your e-commerce selection of adult sex toys. But rein in the shine on the outside by making your T-zone matte. Powders are a quick-fix solution, but you don’t need the grandma of matte solutions. There’s a whole crop of new products to help you mattify your makeup, including primers, sprays, or mysterious silicon-infused gels. Some work best as a primer, others over makeup, but here are the best non-powder matte-makers on the market.
– Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender
Despite sounding like a defense option in a tactical-war video game, the Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defense is a red-carpet favorite of makeup artists like Nick Barose. The challenge is finding the product. “Where is the product? What is this seal thing in the middle?” — these are all logical questions you will ask yourself when you open this compact. But the “seal” is the product. Each compact contains a circular well of dense gel, made up of a mixture of different matte-making silicons. Swipe the attached sponge into the product, as dipping is not an option (something I wish were the case in Major League baseball). Gently press (do not rub) onto areas where you want to reduce shine and minimize pores. This works best under (as a primer) or over foundation. Unfortunately, used over a product that has a bit of glide like a BB cream, it also tends to remove a little makeup.