3 Matte Products Every Subway Commuter Needs For A Shine-Free Face

Because there is nothing worse than walking around looking like a boiled hot dog.
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July 24, 2014
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nars, oily skin, illamasqua, mac, matte makeup, shine-free

Just when I thought NYC was going to escape the harsh heat wave that tends to take over the month of July, we were hit with 90-degree weather--and with that weather comes sweaty, greasy faces. I can manage in the sun and heat while walking down the street, but when I step onto the subway platform, all perspiration lets loose.

If you think 90 degrees is hot (not you, Wendy), consider this: Temperatures underground can increase by as much as 10-15 degrees. So I may be an easy, breezy cover girl on my way to the train, but my cute hair and makeup does a 180 the minute I walk down those stairs.

And for someone with oily skin, there is nothing worse than walking around looking like a boiled hot dog. Especially at 8 AM when your day hasn’t even started yet. To avoid hot-dog face, and because I’m just not the person who does her makeup on the train (I’d rather zone out on my commute), I decided to try an all-matte makeup look. Here are my three no-fail matte favorites.

Primer: Illamasqua Matte Veil

I typically prep my skin with rosehip oil, but it can be slow to absorb when it’s this hot out. I don’t normally use primer, so I have nothing else to compare this to, but I could feel the gel formula absorbing excess oil while still leaving my face moisturized.

It comes with a tiny spatula to ensure that you put the correct amount on your face (about a couple pea size scoops). Do not rub it around as if it’s a moisturizer; pat it onto your skin using your fingers. I encourage you to wait at least three to five minutes for it to fully set before you apply any concealer or foundation, to make sure it reaches full mattification.

Foundation: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

Trust me when I say this NARS Sheer Matte Foundation lives up to its name. Not only is the formula light and easy to apply (I used my fingers because at least I know they’re clean, versus my stash of nasty makeup brushes), it also somehow managed to provide full coverage.

I wouldn’t recommend using this if you have dry skin or normal skin with dry patches, because I noticed that a couple areas on my chin looked flaky underneath the foundation, and I had to apply a little extra rosehip oil to those spots.

Lipstick: MAC Matte Lipstick

Though your lips don’t have the same oil issues as your face, imagine how much greasier your already-greasy face looks when they’re covered in gloss or a satin lipstick? Yeah, that’s not cute.

I know most women steer away from matte lipstick because it can give you crackled, dried-out lips, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I love the dry texture and the way it stains even after it’s wearing off.

To avoid flaky-lip syndrome, simply exfoliate your lips with a little sugar and water (or a lip scrub) and prime your lips with the most moisturizing lip balm you own. Then watch your matte lipstick glide on and look smooth and crackle-free.

These weren’t the only three products used, of course. I added on some MAC Mineralize Skinfinish to give my skin some life later in the day, because using too many matte products can give your complexion a cake-y look. I also threw on some powder blush, mascara, and filled in these grown-out brows. But after spending a day running around the city and being on muggy trains, this face survived the subway and remained shine-free.

Have you ever tried an all-matte matte look? What are your favorite mattifying products?