3 DIY Fixes for Shiny Skin

With a few easy tips, you can suppress the shine in no time.

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Photo by Perry Hagopian

Let's take a moment to reflect on the T-zone. Why does it insist on being shiny, no matter what the rest of your complexion is doing? Turns out there's a higher concentration of sebaceous glands on the forehead and the nose than on the rest of the face. And more glands mean more oil. Never mind, though. With a few easy tips, you can suppress the shine in no time.

1. Use a toner.
"Its astringent ingredients, such as witch hazel and alcohol, can eliminate the accumulation of sebum—a.k.a. oil," says David J. Leffell, a professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine. Dab toner over the T-zone after cleansing, morning and night, or once a day if skin feels tight. Try Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion ($18, kiehls.com).

2. Prime with milk of magnesia.
What!? Yes. It helps control oil all day and extends the wear of makeup. After your morning cleansing, pour a bit on a latex makeup sponge and smooth it on your face, avoiding the eye area. Let dry. (It will appear chalky.) Top with foundation and powder as usual.

3. Carry blotting papers.
To de-shine during the day, it's crucial to remove sebum before mattifying with powder. Otherwise you'll create a cakey texture, says Gilbert Soliz, a makeup artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty International. Try Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5, drugstore.com).