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Currently Coveting: Mattifying Skin Care

By Klaudia Tirico / May 14, 2013

There's only so much oil powders can handle before your face looks like it has layers of dry icing spackled on it. With summer just around the corner, it's all about minimal makeup for a fuss-free, yet pretty, look. But let's face it, oily skin has a mind of its own and your pretty, no makeup-makeup will be melting off before you know it. That's why these matiifying and oil-controlling products are necessary for your makeup (and skincare) routine this season. It's time to start living in a matte, matte world!

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment, $38
Get ready to be blown away by this multi-tasking product. It's a gel primer that sets the stage for flawless makeup, keeps shine at bay, and fights acne. What more can you ask for? It's made with willowbark extract, which naturally contains acne-fighting salicylic acid, that gently exfoliates the skin to reduce sebum buildup. Sign us up!

Philosophy Total Matteness Pore-Minimizing & Mattifying Cleanser + Mask, $25
Cleanse your way to an oil-free (and poreless) complexion with this new mattifying cleanser from Philosophy. It's made with glacial clay to unclog and reduce the appearance of large pores and leave you with a smooth, matte finish. It can even be used as a purifying mask!

Nyx Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, $8
Before you reach for that setting powder, give this mattifying setting spray a whirl. The lightweight, water-based fluid refreshes skin and locks makeup into place. That's one less layer of makeup you have to wear this summer.

Peter Thomas Roth Clini-Matte All Day Oil-Control SPF 20, $48
This SPF lotion is sheer enough to wear under makeup, but strong enough to regulate oil levels and fight shine. Skin is left flawlessly matte all day long. It's a must-have for your beach bag.

Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier, $36
We've found a reason to get rid of our blotting papers, and it comes in this little jar. The light cream is made with thyme and tapioca starch to absorb oil from deep down in your pores and keep shine away. Use it as a primer or dab it on top of your makeup for touchups.