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Fight Shine! Makeup Artists Share Their Favorite Mattifying Products

Fighting shine doesn’t need to be a big battle! I asked makeup artists for their favorite shine-fighting, oil de-slicking, and mattifying products. They mentioned everything from a laxative (yes, really) to one of Hollywood’s best kept moisturizer secrets — and even a classic rice blotting paper that you can buy at the drugstore down the street.

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    Makeup artists share the products they can't live without when it comes to fighting shine.

  • Hollywood’s Secret Moisturizer ($16-$18) 2 of 17
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    Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion

    "Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion is my favorite way to ensure a smooth makeup application combined with a lasting matte effect. This product removes excess sebum from the skin while providing a smooth surface for makeup to glide upon. I've yet to find a product that competes with Embryolisse," says celebrity makeup artist Elizabeth Moore.

  • Multi-Purpose Cream ($25) 3 of 17
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    Nuturing Force Blot Out

    Makeup artist Christina Farrell (also the beauty blogger at The Makeup Blogger) swears by Nurturing Force's Blot Out Offensive Cream. "This is an all-natural cream that is an oil-control powerhouse! Use this as primer before your normal foundation."

  • Primer (High-End and Drugstore!) ($14.99) 4 of 17
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    Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Transparent Mattifier or YSL Matt Touch primer

    Celebrity makeup artist Veronica Lorenz (also the creator of the beloved Beauty Blender Sponge) has two go-to makeup primers when she needs to provide a matte finish. The Sonia Kashuk is a clear gel than can be used under or over your favorite foundation to help smooth imperfections and get rid of excess shine. Matt Touch is a primer with unique Spherical Micro-powders that help control oil, while radiance-boosting pigments hide imperfections and brighten shadowy areas.

  • A Laxative?! ($6.49) 5 of 17
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    Milk of Magnesia

    "Milk of magnesia is an insider secret for hyper oily skin. Use it as a primer!" says Christina Farrell. Find out more about how to use milk of magnesia as a primer.

  • Mattifying BB Cream ($39) 6 of 17
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    Embryolisse Artist Secret BB Cream

    This BB Cream is a favorite of television makeup artist Mary Ann Saitta. It promises to soften fine lines and wrinkles, covers imperfections, and acts as a primer. It is available in one universal shade that works with most skin tones.

  • Barrier-Forming Primer ($15) 7 of 17
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    StarLooks Sensation Primer

    This primer contains a "collagen-like ingredient" that fills in pores and battles oil that comes through, acting like a barrier between oil and your makeup. "This product gives your foundation a velvety, no-shine texture and look that is wearable all day," says StarLooks founder Marci Star.

  • Flawless Duo ($45 and $29.50) 8 of 17
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    beautyAddicts Face-to-Face Foundation and beautyAddicts Flawless Cover Powder

    beautyAddicts' Jenine Pizza swears by this combination. "Face-to-Face Foundation for a crème-to-powder finish and Flawless Cover powder as a last step with a matte finish."

  • Colorless Powder ($25) 9 of 17
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    MAC Blot Powder

    "I regularly see people attempt to combine shine by adding a great amount of powder to mattify the skin. This can often result in a "caking" effect, but one product I've used changed my mind: MAC Blot Powder. This powder is void of color and is strictly used for absorbing shine. A light application of MAC blot powder after you've completed your makeup can leave a lasting shine-free (and "cake-free") finish," says Elizabeth Moore.

  • Non-Caking Powder ($24) 10 of 17
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    CoverFX Blotting Powder

    "This is an amazing setting powder for the t-zone that never looks cakey and blends well over any foundation," says Christina Farrell. The powder is available in three shades.

  • Hollywood Classic, $6.99 11 of 17
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    Coty Airspun

    "I also love a light pat of Coty Airspun Translucent Powder," says Hollywood makeup artist Emma White. This classic is easy to pick up at a drugstore near you.

  • A Favorite of MAC Fans ($39) 12 of 17
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    MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

    I love the feel of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish. It's my favorite mineral-based powder and really keeps the skin looking soft and not powdery. You can wear it by itself or on top of foundation," says makeup artist, and creator of the Beauty Mark App, Hope Henderson.

  • "Bridal" Makeup Spray ($29) 13 of 17
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    Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish

    This spray keeps down the shine while helping makeup look dewy and fresh. "The perfect setting spray for when you want to keep your makeup fresh and shine-free day all day," says Christina Farrell.

  • Makeup Sealer ($12.50) 14 of 17
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    Ben Nye Final Seal

    Emma White swears by a spritz of Ben Nye Final Seal. This spray can be applied before makeup to prevent sweating and after makeup to set the products.

  • Setting Spray ($29) 15 of 17
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    Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

    Created jointly by Urban Decay and Skindinavia, this spray is the maximum in oil control. "Perfect for oiler skin types that leaves a matte finish," says Christina Farrell. Check out a review of the Urban Decay setting sprays.

  • Blotting Sheets ($16) 16 of 17
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    MAC Blot Film

    "Blotting sheets are your makeup's best friend! Many lines (including MAC, Clean & Clear and Bobbi Brown) make blotting sheets. Most function similarly to one another and offer an immaculate way to truly REMOVE sebum and shine as opposed to adding product to the skin. They travel effortlessly and are a perfect way to touch-up makeup at any time." says Elizabeth Moore. Celebrity Makeup Artist Veronica Lorenz prefers the MAC Blot Film.

  • Classic Rice Paper ($4) 17 of 17
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    Palladio Rice Blotting Paper

    Emma White prefers the Palladio Rice Blotting Paper, which she says "fight shine big time!"

Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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