Five Essentials to Help Keep your Make-Up Shine Free this Summer

When the weather surprisingly gets warmer in the UK, it can sometimes be a struggle to keep your make-up sweat-proof. You may be going for the matte look but finding it a struggle. Or you may be a fan of the dewy look, but in summer you struggle to achieve such without looking just plain sweaty. So, if you’re looking for shine free make-up these summer here are five essentials to help minimise the shine…


summer make up


It’s important to have a good base to give your make-up a fighting chance. A mattifying primer is the best to use at it helps to reduce the amount of shine. NYX Angel Veil Primer is a great one to try. It promises to create ‘a smooth uniform canvas that minimizes shine and makes application flawless’ whilst also being bank account friendly.



nyx angel veil primer

Loose powder

Loose powder helps to set your make-up which is definitely needed in hotter temperatures. If you use a lot of liquid and creamy make-up products the powder helps to keep them in place and reduce the shine. A tip numerous YouTubers recommend is to use loose powder as well underneath your make-up. This can also help to keep your make-up sweat-proof. However, this may only work for those with extremely oily skin as you don’t want your face looking dry or ashy. MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder are a good ones to try.

laura mercier loose setting powder

Pressed powder

Pressed powder is definitely more convenient when on the go and can be easier to apply. One of the advantages of these over loose powders is that they are normally available in a wider range of shades. This means you can also use them to add coverage in combination to them also helping to set your make-up. MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation comes in a wide range of shades.



Mac studio fix powder

Setting spray

It helps to keep your make-up lasting all through the day. There are different types depending on what kind of look you’re going for. So, if you like a dewy look but still trying to keep your make-up shine free, a setting spray with a dewy finish may be the one for you. Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray is amazing but if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative you can try setting sprays by Revolution Pro or NYX.

urban decay all nighter setting spray


Blotting paper

These are a must-have and you should always have some in your handbag for when you’re on the go. Thankfully they’re nicely affordable and compactly packaged making it easy to slip into your bag. They’ll fit even when you’re carrying the smallest of handbags. You can easily pick up these at your local drugstore.

nyx blotting paper

Post Author: Chiamaka Echeta

Chiamaka Echeta
I am a pharmacist with an interest in beauty and lifestyle. I also enjoy fitness, travelling and baking. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m most probably listening to music or binge-watching the latest TV series. Follow me on Twitter @chi_chi8 or Insta @chichi_92

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