There’s always a fine line between looking luminous and dewy (hello, highlighter!) to looking oily and noticeably shiny. Especially in the summertime, even the driest of skins will have excess oil thanks to the rise in humidity.

Either way, wearing makeup in this heat can be a nightmare. So how do you pull off gorge, flawless makeup with an oil-free T-zone? Invest in the right products which will help lessen the grease and increase the matte finish.


Lucky for you, we did the dirty work and tested and tried a variety of beauty products. Here are the ones that passed our long-lasting matte test, and believe us when we say they are heaven sent!

tea tree toner The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Facial Toner $14
Ladies, this toner is magic — especially for those battling with acne prone skin. The tea tree oil helps keep the skin balanced, clean, and all around healthy. It’s a great product to use before you apply your moisturizer and SPF as it controls oil production and provides a nice grease-free base!

Caudalie Matte Fluid Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid $39
This top shelf moisturizer is wicked good. It’s formulated to be fast absorbing, while shrinking the visibility of pores. Any foundation or other beauty products that go on top of this moisturizer will instantly look matte, but won’t make you look scaly or dry.

dr brandt pore no more Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer $45
Beauty gurus understand the importance of primers when applying makeup, but finding the right one to fit your skin’s needs can be tricky. This fabulous primer seals the pores and prevents any excess oil from shining through! The moment you apply this over your moisturizer, you’ll instantly notice how flawless your skin looks (even without any other products on top!).

cover fx spf Cover Fx Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 $45
We cannot get over how bomb this sunscreen is. Its oil-free formula not only protects from UV rays, but it also smoothes out the skin to keep it grease-free even in the most humid weather! Fast absorbing without being drying, it’s an oily gal’s dream!

NARS velvet matte NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $44
Don’t trust foundation in the heat? We can understand. No one wants their face to practically melt off once peak heat hours hit. That’s why the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint will become your ride or die real quick. It’s a tinted moisturizer (with SPF, too!) and it packs a good amount of coverage — the perfect foundation substitute.

laura mercier powder Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder $38
If you’re struggling with too much oil production, then you’re probably familiar with the baking technique. The Laura Mercier powders are universally loved for good reason. They keep your face shine-free, but don’t leave a white cast on your skin after you dust the product off. The translucent powder is especially popular because it doesn’t make the face looked caked — it doesn’t settle into fine lines unlike other powders.

UD Oil-Control setting spray Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray $30
If you love using a setting spray, but sometimes feel like they can take you from matte to oily in a split second, then you’ll love this mist. It’s refreshing enough to give your skin a healthy pick-me-up, and simultaneously seals your pores to keep you looking fab all day and night!

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation $56
We’re obsessed with this liquid to powder formula. It absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and provides a long-lasting matte finish — everything you need for flawless makeup in humid heat.  The clay in the product is the prime ingredient which keeps the skin matte while retaining natural moisture. You definitely won’t need blotting papers with this formula on.

xx, The FabFitFun Team