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It’s always time for you to shine, but you might not always want your skin and makeup to. Matte finishes are having a major moment—and whether you want to experiment with a gloss-free lip or you have oily skin that needs help keeping light-reflection to a minimum (especially in hot, humid climates), these are our top picks for the must-have mattifying products you need right now.
Replenix UltiMATTE Perfection SPF 50+ ($43)
Combining all-day oil-control with the benefits of a primer, BB cream and sunscreen in one tube, this mattifying, antioxidant-enriched multi-tasker has all your skin’s needs covered. Used on its own or under makeup, you get a universal tint that evens out skin tone plus broad-spectrum mineral-based UV protection, a hefty dose of good-for-your-skin ingredients and a long-lasting matte finish.
Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Crayon ($26)
Combining the impact of a matte liquid lipstick with the application ease of a pencil, one swipe of this chubby stick serves up long-lasting color that keeps lips comfortable and looking on-point from morning to night. Available in 10 luscious shades ranging from vibrant pinks and reds to fleshy nudes and even a statement-making black, this is the easiest way to get your lips on the matte track.
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation ($40)
Sure this foundation’s buildable coverage is perfect for crafting a flawless, matte face, but we’ve also come to rely on it for creating the illusion of picture-perfect legs when wearing dresses. With a waterproof formula that stands up to extreme conditions—including spin class, high humidity and anything else that would make other makeup melt away—and 40 available shades so there’s a perfect match for every skin tone, we can’t wait to put this foundation to the test this summer.
OPI Matte Top Coat
We all know how a manicure starts to lose its luster after a few days. But instead of fighting the inevitable decrease in shine, why not embrace it and give your nails a fresh, new finish? This mattifying top coat instantly updates your nails with an edgy, matte look—and just might help you get a few more days out of your polish.
Professional treatment: Baby BOTOX
BOTOX isn’t just for smoothing lines and wrinkles—and it can actually help decrease oil and sweat production as well as the visibility of pores. A burgeoning trend you’ve been hearing a lot more about are micro-injections of this toxin in the uppermost layers of the skin to provide a skin-refining boost that reduces shine from oil production and sweating without the risk of looking unnatural.
“BOTOX (Allergan), Xeomin (Merz Aesthetics) and Dysport (Galderma) used in micro doses can be very effective for tweaking facial lines in younger patients while preserving a natural look, and also for producing changes in the skin. People with larger pores, for example, tend to have oilier skin, and when pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, it can turn into blackheads which make the pore more visible. Over the years, skin loses some of its elasticity as collagen production slows down, and pores tend to appear larger. BOTOX can be injected in a superficial way just under the skin’s surface to treat oil production and sweating,” says Dr. Darren Smith, a New York City plastic surgeon.
So, if you struggle with oily skin that prevents makeup from staying put, especially on your cheeks and midface, it’s worth asking your dermatologist or injector about this treatment.
Note: Replenix was provided for review. Other products were purchased or sampled in-store. All opinions are my own.