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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: I don't consider myself to have above average oily skin, but my face gets this embarrassing shine two to three hours after I apply foundation and powder. Do you have any suggestions for adding more mileage to my makeup?

A: Before you apply any makeup, you might want to consider using something like Clinique Sheer Matteness T-Zone Shine Control to keep the offensive shine at bay. This unscented, oil-free lotion is quickly absorbed into the skin and is versatile - it can be used under or over makeup. The $12.50 tube lasts a long time. Most cosmetic lines offer a similar product.

Should your T-zone still act up, just pull out an oil-absorbing sheet and press against your skin. Almost every cosmetic company now carries these blotting papers, but my favorites are Clean & Clear ($5.89 at the drugstore) and Shine Sweepers from Max Factor ($3.99). They have the consistency of a balloon (I was wary when I first saw them), but when gently blotted over your face, they collect oil without disturbing makeup. I had my first experience with such papers nearly 15 years ago; I found "Papier Poudre" at Crabtree & Evelyn. These not only blot shine but leave behind a slight bit of tinted powder (I prefer pink) and a very delicate, pleasant fragrance. "Papier Poudre" can still be found under the "accessories" section of the Profaces site ($6 per packet), but with such reasonable prices, I've bought numerous blotter packets and stash them in all my purses, my briefcase, car glove compartment, and everywhere else I feel I may need them. They are an excellent alternative to piling more powder on your skin.

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