How to Keep a Matte Finish Look All Day

by Pamela Simmons

Ladies with oily skin have all been there -- it's midday, and your face is entirely too greasy. Even the best makeup looks can be ruined by an overly oily face. If you have oily skin and find your face getting shiny before the day's over, don't fret. Instead, use a few beauty tricks to keep your skin matte from sunup to sundown. All you need is a few extra minutes in the morning and your oily skin will be instantly transformed.

Wash your face with a shine-control cleanser to remove any excess oil.

Apply a light, oil-free moisturizer to your face. Allow your moisturizer to sit for a few minutes.

Apply a primer to your face. Primer not only soaks up oils, but it keeps them at bay. Apply your primer to the areas where your face gets oiliest. For most ladies, this is the T-Zone, which includes the nose, chin and forehead. An eyelid primer can also be applied if needed.

Over your primer, apply a matte, translucent powder foundation. To apply, swirl a foundation brush into your powder and tap off the excess. Apply your powder in light, circular strokes.

If you decide to apply any other makeup, use oil-free versions that will keep your skin matte and dry.

Add a light dusting of finishing powder to set your makeup.

Throughout the day, check your face. If it looks a bit oily, use a blotting paper. Simply dab it on your face to remove oil. You can find blotting paper at any beauty supply store. If you don’t have a blotting paper, a toilet seat cover will do in a pinch.

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Items you will need

  • Oil-free face wash
  • Oil-free moisturizer
  • Face primer
  • Eyelid primer
  • Translucent foundation
  • Setting powder
  • Oil-blotting sheets (optional)


  • Use an oil-absorbing face mask up to twice a week to clean your pores of excess oils. Simply leave your mask on for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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