Sun-kissed glowing skin at the height of summer—the Holy Grail for those of us who are touched by genes inclined to radiate a perpetual, almost uncontrollable shine. Here is a list of products that enhance the vibrancy of oily skin instead of masking our faces with a contrived matte finish.
What to Look for: Since oily skin seems to “eat” makeup and feels heavy at the end of the day, look for a formulation that is long-wearing but lightweight.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, P2320, Rustan’s Makati
A tried and tested staple that endures the extremes of Philippine weather. With an extensive array of shades that provide medium coverage, this product is a classic that will give you an effortlessly gorgeous complexion to last the entire work day.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Liquid Foundation, P2000, Greenbelt 5
A favorite among young fashionistas. With a nifty dispenser and a playful name, it provides light to medium coverage that capitalizes on a formula with light-diffusing properties, resulting in a natural-looking shine-free finish.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, P2550, Rustan’s Makati
This is a newcomer in the fierce arsenal of this French brand. Following the lead of its dewy sister, the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, the Velvet Matte Skin Tint is the answer to that widely coveted no-makeup look. It has an oil-free formula infused with Rose Fruit Extract to minimize pores and reduce shine, as well as Vitamins C and E to nourish skin to a brighter healthier complexion over time.
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, P1950, Rustan’s Makati
Finish off with powder to keep the product in place, smooth the finish, and further prolong the coverage throughout the day.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light, P2200, Beauty Bar
Pro Tip: Start with a primer to enhance the finish of your favorite foundation. This one is an oil-free 60% water-based formula, with vitamins and antioxidants made to rejuvenate oily, acne prone or sensitive skin.
What to Look for: While finely-milled powder blushes are the default pick for oily skin, cream blushes are an unexpected but equally effective option. The trick is to look for a well-pigmented non-comedogenic formulation so that your blush of choice will last the whole day with little maintenance. As for shimmer, pick subtle shine over in-your-face glitter that only draws attention to those stubborn battle scars against grease. Remember, you are already blessed with a natural glow—blush is just there to add a touch of flirty glamour.
MAC Cremeblend Blush, P1400, Robinson’s Magnolia
A long-wearing medium coverage blush with a range of gorgeous shades and a buildable non-streaking formulation that will keep you sane even if you mistakenly started with a heavy hand. To keep this cream blush in place the whole day, apply over your choice of foundation and finish with a setting powder. Weekend Getaway is a beautiful pink shade worth trying regardless of your skin tone.
Benefit Dallas Dusty Rose Face Powder, P1600, Greenbelt 5
This one's a blush and bronzer in one that gives any skin tone a flattering natural flush with a hint of shimmer. It is perfect for the summer to complement a tan or to don a sporty glow as you daydream of your upcoming getaway while suffering the glare of your work monitor.
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush, P1550, Essenses Power Plant Mall
A beautifully silky buildable blush in classic shades. It comes with a soft anti-bacterial sculpting brush to help you blend the color into a luminous glow. With its oil-free, allergy-tested formula, Clinique is a trusted brand that has lasted the test of time and fleeting trends. Cupid (pale dusty pink) is a pretty spring shade that gives any hardworking urbanista an attractive flush.
Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, P800 for 100 sheets, Power Plant Mall
Pro Tip: Keep a stash of blotting papers in your purse to quickly freshen up throughout the day. It clears away shine while keeping you fresh-faced even under unforgivingly scorching hot weather. It is a wonder how pressing the powder-coated side on your skin does not ruin your makeup.