When I was 15, my boyfriend swiped the bridge of my nose with his finger, looked at it, and asked, "Is that grease on your face?" I couldn’t tell who was more horrified: my scrawny boyfriend or me. I felt cursed with overactive oil glands, and used to daydream about having dry, matte skin, but everyone would always assure me that having oily skin was a blessing in disguise by being less prone to wrinkling.
Now that I’m older, I appreciate the delayed fine lines, but I’m still on the hunt for non-sticky primers, oil-absorbing moisturizers that don’t over-dry, and the perfect translucent powder. After decades of searching, these are the products I use in my war against shiny skin. Ahead, the products you should have in your skin care kit so you, too, can choose when to shine.