The Best Shine-Reducing Beauty Products for Brides
Thinking about your wedding-day makeup? As you start setting up your trial, talk to your makeup artist about any big-day beauty worries you have. Controlling shine is one concern almost every bridal makeup artist has—if yours doesn't, that should be a red flag. Shine is something that's incredibly hard to manage; even if your pro uses shine-control products throughout the makeup application process, sweat, tears, and natural oil production can derail all of that careful work.
While using multiple shine-control products is one way to to ensure that the bride and bridesmaids will have complexions that look matte and flawless throughout the entire event—especially in pictures where the flash of the camera can project light onto shiny skin making it appear even worse than it is—they're not always fail-proof. Start by choosing products that control oil and shine in your skin care regimen, primer, foundation, and setting products, then make sure to keep up with them throughout the day.
The best thing you can do is test a variety of shine-reducing products before the big day (especially on a hot day when you can work up a sweat, regardless of what season you're tying the knot in). You'll get a feel for which products you like wearing, and which products really do work for you and your skin type.
Ahead, ten tried-and-true shine-reducing products that we love for brides. They're great for more than just your wedding day, too; pack them for your bachelorette party, bridal shower, and honeymoon to be shine-free throughout your entire wedding year.
This oil-free lightweight moisturizer promises 10 hours of oil- and shine-control, which makes it a good choice for anyone tying the knot on a hot day. The SPF 45 doesn't hurt either, especially if your ceremony will take place outdoor.
Shop Now: Murad Oil and Pore Control Mattifier SPF 45, $42, sephora.com.
On the hunt for an oil-reducing produce that wont't break the banK? This is it. For a mere $6.99, this moisturizer provides basic hydration via aloe vera while bamboo extract absorbs oil to maintain a balanced complexion.
Shop Now: Formula 10.0.6 "Seriously Shine Free" Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer, $6.99, ulta.com.
A great primer is an important step in your makeup routine, and this is one of the best options on the market if controlling shine is a top concern for you.
Shop Now: NYX Shine Killer, $14, ulta.com.
To ensure that your makeup stays put and your skin will look poreless and smooth, layer this oil-free primer on your skin before any other cosmetic applications.
Shop Now: IT Cosmetics "Your Skin But Better" Oil-Free Makeup Primer, $39, sephora.com.
Oil might not be your only concern. If you're also trying to camouflage pore size, this primer is for you. The formula seamlessly melts into the skin completely making pores disappear; it also serves as a wonderful mattifier under makeup.
Shop Now: Benefit Cosmetics "The Porefessional" Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel, $32, sephora.com.
Available in 30 shades (and promising 15 hour of weightless, water-proof, sweat-proof coverage), this oil-free foundation is a home run for any bride.
Shop Now: Laura Mercier "Flawless Fusion" Ultra-Longwear Foundation, $48, macys.com.
Just like foundation, oil-free matte concealer is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating a flawless, shine-free bridal beauty look. We like this full coverage option, which can be used all over the face to hide imperfections and create contour lines.
Shop Now: Tarte "Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape" Contour Concealer, $27, ulta.com.
Oil-Busting Setting Spray
A final layer of oil control is essential after your makeup has been applied. This setting spray will keep your makeup in place while also keeping any shine at bay. Think of it as hairspray for your face.
Shop Now: Urban Decay "Deslick" Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, $33, sephora.com.
Matte Blotting Powder
An alternative to spray is a setting powder, and if controlling shine is your biggest concern, you'll want to look for something that won't illuminate your skin. This blotting powder is it: It absorbs excess oil and smooths out imperfections while setting your makeup. You can use it throughout the day for on-the-go touch-ups.
Shop Now: Clinique "Stay Matte" Blotting Powder, $28.50, macys.com.
Oil Blotting Sheets
Ultimately, a little bit of oil or sweat is inevitable. Blotting sheets come in handy when you notice a little s hine; you can can keep them in your purse and press them onto your skin for a quick fix after getting hot on the dance floor. The beauty of these sheets is that they will pick up oil off of the skin without disturbing your makeup.
Shop Now: Clean and Clear Absorbing Sheets, $12.65, walmart.com.