Here’s How to Keep Your Makeup From Looking Shiny in Photos

July 26, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal

Many of us can recall situations where our makeup seems perfect in the mirror, but yet somehow looks oily in photos. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for a dewy, glowy look, but it’s safe to assume that no one wants to look shiny in all the wrong places. Thankfully, there are a few mattifying products that you can add to your makeup routine that help keep your makeup from looking greasy, sweaty or shiny in photos. Read on for our tips. 

Start With a Mattifying Primer

Before applying any makeup, start with a mattifying primer, like the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Mattifying Face Primer. We love that it has an instant mattifying effect, which helps prep your skin to be a smooth, oil-free canvas for the rest of your makeup. 

Opt for a Powder Foundation

To keep things matte, switch out your liquid foundation for a powder one. We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24Hr Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder to keep your beat fresh and matte without looking cakey. The full-coverage formula hides imperfections while blurring away excess grease and shine, even on the hottest, most humid days.

Set Your Makeup

After you’ve finished applying the rest of your makeup, grab a shine-minimizing pressed powder, like the NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop All Day Mattifying Powder. Apply it with a brush to the most oil-prone areas of your face (read: your forehead, chin and nose) and then throw it in your bag for easy touch ups throughout the day. If you’re worried about flashback, we recommend using a banana powder like the Maybelline New York Lasting Fix Banana Powder Loose Setting Powder to smooth and illuminate the skin while keeping things matte and shine-free.


Lock It In

For extra measure, you can lock everything in place and keep shininess at bay with a few spritzes of a setting spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Ultra Matte Setting Spray is our favorite because not only does this long-wearing, shine-control setting spray contain oil-absorbing kaolin clay, it creates a soft matte finish that will last for up to 16 hours. 

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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