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How can I make my face not so shiny when wearing foundation?

Asked by partyrock (3870points) January 17th, 2012

I’ve been using M.A.C foundation lately and while it does cover redness and imperfections I’ve noticed my skin looks a lot more oily or greasy. Even after I put on powder to try and minimize the shine. How can I make my face not so shiny ? I’ve never had this problem with any other foundation before. Thanks.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I wouldn’t worry about it, in the first place. In 10 years you’ll be asking how to add a “dewy glow” to your skin.
If you’re really concerned, why not try a different foundation? Blotting papers? Different powder?

partyrock's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf – It’s not so dewy as it is shiny ! lol. I understand what you mean. I don’t have blotting papers at the moment :(

I do think it’s this foundation but I don’t have a different one at the moment :(

I do have a MakeUp Forever concealer, but that makes my face super shiny too. I don’t know what gives.

Frankie's avatar

Have you tried using a mousse foundation instead of a liquid foundation? I use L’Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle, and I’ll never, ever go back to liquid foundation. It’s fluffy and smooth instead of runny and goopy, so it may help to cut down on the oily-ness. Another bonus – it’s way easier to blend evenly than liquid foundation.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@partyrock maybe it’s just me, but, I used to say the same thing. I didn’t want my face to be “shiny.”
Now, I swear, I could slather my face in Vaseline and by the end of the day I look like I’ve been dunked in a vat of flour, my skin looks so flat. I say embrace it. Seriously. Are you prone to breakouts? Your skin looks nice in your photos.

tranquilsea's avatar

I haven’t worn foundation in ages (as it seems to make my skin break out). But when I was I would use a matte powder after applying the foundation.

fizzbanger's avatar

In a pinch, good old-fashioned brown paper restroom towels work as blotting papers if you dab carefully.

If purchased recently, you could return the foundation to MAC and try something else. For that kind of $, you should absolutely love the product.

chyna's avatar

Bare Minerals has a matte foundation for around 28.00. You might find the same thing in loreal or another drug store brand which I find is just as good as the pricier foundations. I use Cover Girl in matte.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

That’s true. Mineral powder foundations make my skin very dry, but I imagine they would be wonderful for oily skin.

chyna's avatar

There are also liquid foundations with a matte finish, which is what I use.

Earthgirl's avatar

Is the foundation oil free? That is the first consideration. I was cursed with the oiliest,most blemish prone skin when
I was younger. Nef is Enuf is right about it being an advantage when aging! It’s hard to appreciate that now but keep in mind that your skin will resist wrinkling later! That should make you feel better. I wish I had a brand to recommend to you but I don’t. I do know what it’s like when you do your makeup and an hour later your face looks like an oil slick! I looking for a new brand of foundation myself because they discontinuedy favorite foundation. Very frustrating! Using a toner before applying foundation can help. I like Akbit Camocare. The camomile in it smells good and soothes your skin. I also use a wash with salicylic acid in it to control oiliness and breakouts. I’ll let you know if I find a new foundation. I am choosy because I like good coverage but a natural look and a clean feel.

jazmina88's avatar

i use a pressed powder.

punkrockworld's avatar

Before you apply your foundation and after you wash your face use a toner, then moisturize with a gel moisturizer or any facial moisturizer that is light and then apply your foundation. How do you apply your foundation? Do you use a brush? Sponge? It could be due to the way you apply it.

Pandora's avatar

Make sure your current foundation isn’t oil based. Use a water based foundation. Use one that is for oily skin or combination. Depending on what you have. I find allergy free foundations tend to be more matted and avoid oils and perfumes that can make your skin oily.
If you normally have very oily skin than do as several people mentioned and use a toner.
During the day just dab your face with a tissue paper to reduce the shine.

CardAngel's avatar

You could try a mattifying oil control primer under your foundation. The product reviews at should give you an idea of which ones to look into.

I don’t wear foundation, but I use the Walgreens version of Milk of Magnesia mixed 4:1 with distilled water as a primer under my sunscreen. I then apply loose powder.

Bellatrix's avatar

I was just about to suggest using a primer. They can help act as a barrier and reduce that shininess. Do some research online to see if there is one that is supposed to do this particularly well.

Earthgirl's avatar

Are you still looking for an alternative to the M.A.C. foundation? I am pretty happy with the new one I tried. It’s by Almay. Good coverage, but not too heavy. Natural looking and doesn’t get shiny in an hour! It’s inexpensive too and hypo-allergenic.

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