Thanks to photo editing apps, faking a gorgeous glow is as easy as tapping a few buttons on your screen. However, there are some things filters can’t hide—an overly-shiny face, for example. When you're too busy taking photos, you might even not realize how oily you really are until you see your picture on your friend's Instagram feed. That's why below, we listed five ways you can keep your complexion matte IRL so you don’t have to worry about looking greasy on the 'gram.
1. Keep your skin moisturized.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but failing to moisturize your skin can actually stimulate the overproduction of sebum. When your skin lacks moisture, your body compensates by producing even more oil, leading to excess shine, clogged pores, and breakouts. As such, make sure to hydrate your skin with watery layers like products containing hyaluronic acid, before sealing all that hydration in with moisturizer.
2. Dial down your daytime skincare routine.
If you’re an advocate of the multi-step skincare routine, you might want to simplify it during the day. Too many thick layers can result in copious amounts of shine and grease come midday, so be conscious about how much you apply. If you have oily skin, a lightweight toner and a gel sunscreen may be enough to keep your skin happy. Dry-skinned? Add a light moisturizer after your toner and compensate with a sunscreen with creamier formula.
3. Skip the booze and spicy food.
We all know a good gym session is a surefire way to sweat, but have you realized that drinking alcohol and downing spicy food makes you perspire, too? That’s because they dilate your blood vessels, causing you to sweat more than usual. That said, we know skipping your Friday night cocktail and foregoing the hot sauce on your slice of pizza isn't always possible, so consume them in moderation or always have a blotting sheet ready!
4. Apply shimmer strategically.
A face full of glitter is a fun way to prep for a night out with your friends, but unless you want to be the disco ball, limit shimmery makeup to certain areas. For instance, if you’re already going for a sparkly eye look, don’t overdo your highlighter by dusting it all over the place. Instead, lightly sweep it over areas where the sun naturally hits, such as on top of your cheekbones, your brow bone, and on the center of your chin.
5. Use a matte foundation.
Living in a tropical country means whether we like it or not, we'll all end up looking dewy and shiny after a few hours. To strike the perfect balance between soft matte skin and a healthy glow in the right places, go for a foundation like the Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation that can give you full coverage and a matte finish for up to 24 hours. This one will melt right into your skin without feeling too heavy, and it won’t emphasize fine lines—instead, you can expect a naturally matte complexion that looks gorgeous on- and off-screen.
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