Summer is officially here (hooray!) and the weather is slowly but surely heating up. Keep your makeup looking flawless with one or two of these mattifying heroes, and you'll look picture perfect in all of your holiday snaps.
For touch ups on the go, Daniel Sandler's Invisible Blotting Powder compact is both travel-friendly and super easy to use. This sleek luxury compact has a large mirror, comes with a powder puff to pat shine away, and the pressed translucent powder inside won't disrupt or change the colour of your makeup base, so it's suitable for all skin tones to use. The powder feels and looks invisible, yet manages to keep oily areas of the face shine free for hours to come.
(2) The Blotting Papers: Superdrug Deep Action Mattifying Shine Control Papers* (pack of 65 sheets, £2.69, link)
If you prefer blotting papers, Superdrug's own brand Deep Action ones offer a budget friendly alternative to keeping your t-zone in check whilst you're out and about. You get a pack of 65 small sheets and each one has a light layer of translucent powder on them. Simply tear one out of the pack, apply to where you need it and it just sucks up all that excess oil in an instant. There's something oddly satifying about seeing it on the paper afterwards! Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.
(3) The Loose Powder: MUA Skin Define Matte Perfect Loose Powder* (15g, £3, link)
Loose powder has a multitude of uses and I love using them for setting my foundation and concealer, as well as for keeping my face matte and shine free. This one from MUA has a yellow tint to it which works wonders for brightening up my complexion and it really helps to keep my concealer and foundation from melting off in hot weather. If you're a fan of the 'baking' trend, this is perfect for that too. A £3 beauty bargain!
(4) The Mattifying Foundation: Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation* (30ml, £42, link)
Liquid foundation fans can simply switch over to a matte version during the summer months, so check out what your favourite brand has to offer as most now stock oil-free or special mattifying formulas. D&G's offering above is one of the most mattifying that I've tried, to the point where I would only recommend it for those who have very oily skin as it will cling to any dry patches otherwise. It keeps your face matte though!
(5) The Mattifying Sunscreen: Eucerin Face Sun Fluid SPF 30 (50ml, £15, link)
Sunscreen is an essential for summer but many formulas are still greasy or sticky feeling which puts a lot of people off using them. This one from Eucerin gives you an almost matte finish (it's not 100% matte, but definitely more matte than most others) and provides a great base for applying makeup over as it feels a bit like a primer. It also doesn't leave you with a white or grey looking cast on the skin, so it's no surprise that I've been using this brand for a couple of years now and I always stock up when it's on offer in Boots. Available in a SPF 50 version if you want higher protection or have paler skin.
What are your favourite mattifying products for summer?
Have you tried any of these?