The best products to keep your face shine-free, even on the hottest days. 

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The summer sun is shining; you feel tanned, confident and sexy. As you casually glance in the mirror to adjust your sunglasses, you notice your makeup has all but disappeared, and staring back at you is a hot, shiny mess. Sound familiar? While summer’s heat is very much appreciated after a long winter, it wreaks havoc on our makeup routine. We have a few favourite products to help you lighten up and reduce that pesky shine on your T-zone.

To truly embrace the humidity, ditch your foundation altogether for a tinted moisturizer. Your skin will not only thank you for the colour coverage (many even come with SPF protection) but nixing anything that sits on the surface of your face will also allow skin to breathe, reducing breakouts and oil buildup. For those of us with sensitive skin, the thought of trying a new moisturizer that our skin is unfamiliar with can be daunting. Instead, try adding Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30, Clarins counters, clarins.ca) to your existing moisturizer. This also allows you to build your tan gradually for the most natural look.

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Summer is a great time to experiment with bold new eyeshadows. To prevent the pigment from gathering in the creases, opt for a cream shadow like Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Always A Bridesmaid ($24, Murale, murale.ca). Cream shadows are easy to apply: Blend with your fingertips and then clean up any stray lines with a Q-tip.

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For skin that looks flawless on its own, try Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector ($36, Sephora, sephora.ca). Applied twice daily, this lightweight formula helps to reduce the size of pores and firm the skin, leaving your face looking smooth and healthy. The active ingredient, lipohydroxy acid (LHA), works to decongest the pores and also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Your skin will appear noticeably smoother and luminous in just four weeks.

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