Smoothing, brightening and blurring the complexion, or helping other products perform at their best to get longevity out of your makeup, it’s safe to say they’re quite the beauty overachiever.
In fact, primers work so efficiently that they’ve been cloned in countless ways. Have enlarged pores? There’s a primer for that. Dealing with excess oiliness? Let a primer help you out. And the best part is, a good makeup primer should always play well with other primers, so you can layer them up or mix and match to reach your desired result. For example, those with an oily complexion but dehydrated cheeks can apply a mattifying primer in the t-zone area and a hydrating one on the cheeks for the best of both worlds.
Whichever primer you choose, always work it properly into the skin, and then give it a minute to settle before you go over with any makeup, otherwise you risk pilling and patchiness. Now, here’s the lowdown on the best makeup primer for you.
Primer for pores
Primers for oily skin
Anyone with oily skin, or skin that can get shiny by 3pm, will benefit from an oil-free formula with mattifying properties to help soak up any excess sebum. But also, they’re great for any skin type facing hot or humid weather.
Apply these all over the complexion, or just prime the t-zone where shine is most likely to show up, and pair them with a different primer on other parts of the face. Some oily skin-specific primers are even made to be used over makeup to instantly de-grease without disturbing the foundation underneath — perfect when you need to hit the refresh button.