Rounding up the best mattifying powders for those hot, humid days
A not-so hot take to kick all this off: oily skin is actually something to be celebrated. Sure, this skin type has gotten a bad rep as it’s unfortunately associated with skin issues like clogged pores, an unsightly sheen and breakouts. It’s high time, however, that we look at its undeniable benefits as well. People with oily skin are known to encounter wrinkles at a much later time, have a better defense against sun damage, have a barrier that stays hydrated for longer and achieve that coveted dewy glow much more easily. It then becomes a matter of striking a balance: oil is great but not too much oil—especially during hot, humid days.
This is where reinforcements like blotting powders come in handy. Ahead, we round up the best face powders for oily skin that you can turn to so you can stay fresh all summer and beyond.
A matte finish without looking dull: this is the promise of Selena Gomez’s two-in-one compact. Rare Beauty’s Blot and Glow Touch Up Kit comes with two compartments featuring a talc-free powder puff to one side and super absorbent blotting sheets on the other. Apply over makeup to seal in your foundation or use for freshening up your beauty look during the day. Either way, cut the shine and not the glow.
Rihanna’s blotting powder comes with a fun bonus: its ingredients also blur the appearance of pores for a “filtered look on the fly.” Invisimatte is also translucent so shade-matching isn’t a problem. While it's a great product for touching up throughout the day, it doubles as a finishing powder, too, so you can use it to lock in your makeup.
With a subtle tint and classic compact packaging, the Ysabelle pressed powder is as straightforward as it gets. But don’t let the extremely wallet-friendly price point fool you. This lightweight powder is one of the best face powders for oily skin and a great product to have on-hand so you can reset your beauty base midday. It keeps you shine-free for hours without caking or streaking.
Here’s another long-wear product from the queen of stay-all-day makeup. KVD Beauty by Kat Von D includes a lightweight pressed powder that blots excess oil while rendering your makeup budge-proof. The Lock-It Blotting Powder is a heavy-duty product that’s still light as air (and looks like it, too!) so your skin never looks weighed down or cakey. Take your pick from KVD Beauty’s Fair, Light, Medium and Deep shades meant to cover a variety of skin tones.
A K-beauty favorite and with good reason, Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder is a white loose powder product that blends beautifully into the skin without leaving a white cast or causing flashback in photos. Its claim to fame is that it’s a non-irritating, oil-absorbing mineral powder suitable for all skin types that controls shine without drying out the skin. Pat this on and stay fresh all afternoon.
Done updating your makeup kit? Up next: other ways to play it cool this summer.