Stop summer shine

By Amy Lawrenson


A little glow to your complexion is lovely, too much shine and you look plain greasy. In the summer this is a tricky problem to beat, translucent powder can look too heavy or caked and a different shade against your sun-kissed skin. So what works? Get your hands on a mattifying gel or cream. They work to absorb excess oil without adding extra colour or make-up to your face.


My top three picks are Secret Finish, £23 by Laura Mercier (; de-slick in a tube, £16 by Urban Decay (; and Shine Eliminator, £24 by Fashion Fair (

All three can be applied before make-up application for very oily skins and over make-up, during the day, for touch-ups on the go.

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