If you are an oily skinned gal like me then you are probably constantly on the search to find products to keep that oil at bay! I’ve found that including primers into my routine has made a huge difference in the longevity and look of my foundation. The products mentioned below have helped me mattify, minimize the look of pores, and prolong my foundation so that I’m not constantly powdering my face every few hours.
- BECCA EVER-MATTE PORELESS PRIMING PERFECTOR
Overview: This product is the holy grail of primers for those of you with extremely oily skin like myself. This keeps my foundation matte for about 8 hours before I start to notice some shine on my T-zone. 8 hours! My foundation practically looks the same as when it was first applied. This is great for events where you want you’re face to look flawless all night long. I love this product, it’s a must have!
Formulation: This is a white balm with a slightly tacky feel to it. It is important to really warm it up between the fingers to get it into a silky consistency before patting it onto the areas of concern. This is what makes it adhere to the skin and allow your foundation to glide on.
Purchase: $18 for 0.4 oz. at Sephora
- MAKEUP FOREVER STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZER MATTIFYING PRIMER
Overview: This is for those of you that have combination to oily skin. This primer lasts about 5 hours before I see a bit of shine. This is the primer I use on a regular basis when I have more of a lightweight foundation look and don’t necessarily need it to last all day long.
Formulation: The consistency is similar to the Becca primer though this has a smoother texture. Again, you want to warm this up before patting it into the skin.
Purchase: $19 for 0.5 oz. at Sephora
- BENEFIT POREFESSIONAL
Overview: This isn’t necessarily targeted as a mattifying primer but it does a great job of minimizing pores. Chances are, if you have oily skin you have huge pores so this works well to conceal them. It also creates a super smooth base for the foundation. I love to layer this over one of the other primers to give my face a flawless look.
Formulation: This is a super lightweight primer with a nice silky consistency. It has a nude colour to it but it pretty much disappears once patted onto the skin, and of course will be covered when your foundation is applied overtop. I love applying this because you can instantly see the blurring affect it gives your skin.
Purchase: $13 for 0.25 oz. at Sephora
I’ve purchased the travel size for all three of these products as a little really does go a long way. You only want to be using a pea-sized amount, which will prime all the major areas of the face. I also haven’t experience any issues with breakouts so these are great for those of you with sensitive skin. Try out these products and let me know if they make a difference with your makeup look, the way it has for me!