Prime Time: The Best Primers for Oily Skin

Besides foundation, primer is something that I simply cannot do without. It’s the foundation, before your foundation. There’s a primer for every skin concern, from texture, to blemishes, large pores, and all skin types. Having the right primer, or a combination of two or more, can make all of the difference when your look is complete. It helps your makeup last longer, appear airbrushed, aids in hiding your imperfection, and can even help sweat proof your makeup! The following are my favorite primers of all time, for all types of facial concerns.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($52) – This is my holy grail of primers! Not only does it smooth out texture, minimize the look of pores, and mattify the face, it’s also sweat proof! I’ve put it to the test on several occasions, and my makeup hasn’t budged, even when I pat my face down. I’m obsessed and will spend any amount of money for this primer. There’s a larger version for $72 and I’m seriously considering it so that I never run out. It’s also vegan friendly! Like, how much better could this stuff be? I guess if it were made of angel tears it would be truly perfect.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36) – And oily girl’s dream come true. This primer gets the job done. Focus it on your oily areas only, so as not to dry out your face, if you have combination skin. This primer goes on deceptively smooth and is best applied by patting rather than smoothing onto your face. Pat it into your pores and the center of your forehead for all day shine control. A little goes a ling way, so this will last you a long while.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer ($36) – With ten new options, for all skin concerns, this new primer line from MUFE has something for everyone. The mattifier rivals that of Becca, the neutralizers color correct every skin tone, the smoothing primers make your pores disappear, and the radiance primers give you that JLo glow. There are three travel size versions (matte, smoothing, and hydrating) at the affordable price of $16. You can get as many samples as you like to decide which one(s) is/are right for you.

Marc Jacobs Perfecting Coconut Primer ($44) – Enriched with five different types of coconut extracts, this primer smooths and nourishes at the same time. the coconut works to provide a breathable barrier to help create more youthful skin while extending the wear of your makeup. A perfect combination of health and beauty.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52) – This primer blurs imperfections while creating radiance from within. Just like the Touche Eclat brightening pen, this primer contains gold light reflecting particles that will help your skin appear radiant underneath any foundation. The primer is universal, but does contain lightweight oils, so oily girls be cautious with this primer. Be sure to use a matte finish foundation and an oil free setting spray.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer ($39) – This primer is smoothing and reduces the appearance of pores. Not only that, it is also humidity and sweat resistant! The oil free formula also helps to control shine. This is one of the best solutions for oily skin and large pores out there. The original Photo Finish Primer is great for all skin types, but this one is ideal for oily or combination skin. The formula helps hold your makeup in place for up to 8 hours. Combined with a long wearing foundation, you will barely need to touch up throughout the day.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer ($29) – This primer is specifically designed for delicate under eye skin. It’s a super hydrating formula that diminishes the looks of fine lines and helps concealer to stay in place all day. And since a little goes a very long way, you will have this primer forever!

Benefit POREfessional Face Primer ($31) – This balm consistency face primer fills in your pores and fine lines for an airbrushed finish. The oil free formula contains vitamin E, which helps your skin regenerate and fight free radicals. This primer is great for those with slight oil issues or combination skin. It’s very light and translucent. Those who use it, swear by it. I use the License to Blot Stick to mark my T zone on occasion, and it does a great job of keeping me matte throughout the day.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20) – The original eyeshadow primer from UD is a cult favorite. This primer is lightweight, crease resistant, and makes your eyeshadow pop for an impressive 24 hours! The new packaging includes a doe foot applicator for an easy swipe onto the eye. Use on it’s own, or with a base, for shockingly vibrant eye looks.


Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer ($20) – All skin types can use this one. For those of you with dark lips, or if you simply want your lip color to pop, try a lip primer. This one from Too Faced goes on like a lip gloss, then dries matte. It fills in the cracks and crevices, allowing for a more flawless finish to your liquid lipsticks or highly pigmented glosses.

Published by Vikeejeah

Vikeejeah is a beauty blogger and Youtube beauty guru with a love for high end cosmetics. Her focus in on women of color, and the cosmetics best suited for their skin tones. Vikee is also a contributor for Lisa a la Mode.

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