For a long time, I never used to wear a primer before my foundation and then I would wonder why my foundation isn’t really sitting all that well in my face. Or what the big deal about a certain foundation is because it never really looked as airbrushed, and smooth as it did on others.
And then, I was introduced to the magic of primers. For some reason, I always thought primers work as a sort of moisturizer, and their only function is to not let foundation be applied directly to your skin. A few makeup tutorials later, and a trip to the drugstore for my very first primer quickly changed my mind on that.
I decided to test it; I applied my foundation with a primer on one side of my face, and without one on the other, and the flawlessness of my primed side has forever sold me to them. Now, I never go without it.
Primers act on reducing fine lines, blurring pores, color-correcting, and, for those of us with an oily or combination type of skin, they work wonders in keeping your foundation from sliding right off your face barely a couple of hours after applying it. They provide another extra boost of control over the excess oil on your face and keep your skin looking matte and smooth for longer, providing you with the perfect canvas for your makeup.
But, if you’ve never used a primer before, or you’re looking for a new one, these are some of the best primers for oily skin.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime
The Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime primer is a water-based, oil-free primer can visibly blur out imperfections and smooth out the skin tone.
e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer
This is a great primer for acne-prone skin, as its blend of Salicylic Acid, Vitamin E, and Tea Tree help protect the skin, and control breakouts and blemishes. It gives a smooth, long-lasting, matte base for your foundation application.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte-Lock Primer
This primer has a longlasting, breathable, non-comedogenic formula which can be used alone or under makeup to smooth out your skin and leave you shine-free all day.
BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
This primer helps you eliminate excess oil and leaves you with a long-lasting mattified skin. It’s also sweat and humidity-resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance. It can be used alone, before, and even after makeup, which means you can use it to touch-up on areas of concern throughout the day.
bareMinerals Original Prime Time Foundation Primer
This primer has a silky, smooth texture that doesn’t feel sticky, and works in keeping excess oil at bay and smoothing out uneven texture and enlarged pores. It contains plant extracts, antioxidants, and Vitamins C and E, which help soothe and nourish your skin, and it is free of preservatives and irritants.
Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer
This is an oil-free, waterproof formula which uses an optical matte-blur technology to reduce the appearance of any imperfections. It mattifies, blurs out pores, and smooths uneven skin for up to 12 hours. It’s also paraben and phthalates-free.
Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer
This primer not only works in minimizing pores, but it has an oil-free formula which, along with an infusion of Vitamin E, which protect and soothe your skin. This primer is lightweight and gives you a smooth, matte canvas for your foundation to glide on.
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer
This is a favorite in the beauty community, and its oil-free, lightweight consistency makes it perfect for oily skin types. It’s infused with a mix of vitamin C and peptide which protects your skin from environmental pollutants, damage, and stress. It’s also paraben and phthalates-free.