If you didn’t already know, primers are important when it comes to makeup application. A primer can be the difference between your makeup staying in place or you looking a hot mess at the end of the day. Primer is applied before your foundation to ensure maximum wear and give a flawless finish. There are primers for color correction, illumination, etc., but this post will only focus on skin type. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or a combination of the two, there is a primer out there for you!
Very Dry to Normal/Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, you need a primer that will add moisture to your skin. Anything that is gel or liquid based is your friend! The added moisture will prohibit any dry, patchy spots from showing through your foundation. You want to look for primers that include the words hydrating and moisture in the name or description. Anything with the word mattifying will make your skin feel even more dry and tight, which you do not want. Here’s a list of some of the best primers for dry to normal skin, high end (1-5) and drugstore (6-10):
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: $32 (3.9 oz), $16 (1 oz)
- Makeover Essentials Mineral Face Primer: $24.99
- Lorac I’m So Sensitive Soothing Face Primer: $32
- Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer: $32
- Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer: $42
- ELF Hydrating Face Primer: $6.99
- Milani Prime Perfection: $9.99
- NYX Hydra Touch Primer: $14
- NYX First Base Primer Spray: $8
- City Color Classic Face Primer: $11.99
Oily to Very Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, you should look for a primer with mattifying or poreless in the name or description. Now, here is where you have to be careful. Gel-based primers are not ideal for oily skin. The gel will actually cause more oil secretion rather than blocking it. So anything with hydrating or moisture in the name, stay away from it. Word of advice, if you have extremely oily skin, the higher end brands tend to work much better than the drugstore brands. Here’s a list of the best primers for oily skin, high end (1-5) and drugstore (6-10):
- Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer: $31
- Makeup Forever Step 1 Equalizer Primer: $37
- Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer: $30
- Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector: $36 (1.35 oz) $15 (0.40 oz)
- Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer: $36
- NYX Shine Killer: $14 (Regular), $25 (Large)
- Maybelline Face Studio Mast Prime Blur + Smooth Primer: $9.99
- Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer: $6.99
- Milani Prime Shield: $9.99
- ELF HD Mattifying Balm: $6
Combination skin can be tricky. It’s all about knowing your body. You can use a combination of primers to cover the areas where needed. For instance, I have dry combination skin meaning my skin is mostly dry, but I still get oily in some areas, which is my T-Zone. To combat this, I use a hydrating primer on the dry areas and a mattifying primer on my T-Zone. More specifically, I use the Smashbox Primer Water and spray it everywhere first, then I apply the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector to my T-Zone.
Now, which primer will work best for your skin? You will have to find out with trial and error. Some people can get away with using only drugstore primers and I envy you. Finding what works for you will be a pain but once you find the PERFECT primer or combination, your makeup application will be flawless and endure maximum wear.
Which primers do you use or plan on using? Which works better for your skin type? I’d love to hear from you!