It so important to have a solid skincare routine as well as knowing what makeup products work best on your skin. Today’s post is all about what primer you should use if you have oily skin. It does not matter if you wear makeup every day or once in a while.
A foundation primer is not necessary, however, if you’ve never used a primer prior to applying your makeup foundation and you begin after reading this post you will notice the difference. It’s really a life changer!
Furthermore, oily skin makes your face very shiny even when you wear makeup. However, I’ve learned that using an oil-free primer really helps control how my face looks after a couple of hours of wearing makeup.
So first, what is a foundation primer? According to makeup artist Stephen Dimmick, a foundation primer prepares your skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold onto so it lasts throughout the day. (Source HuffPost).
Ingredients to Look for In Makeup Products
Glycolic Acid is an important ingredient for oily skin because is commonly used to unclog pores and treat acne. A lot of beauty products contain this ingredient, however, if you have oily skin and are acne-prone this ingredient will actually help your acne.
Hyaluronic Acid produces moisture to your skin. This is often an ingredient that works wonders for individuals with dry skin. However, those with oily skin also need to use a moisturizer. Additionally, studies indicate that hyaluronic acid helps with wrinkles and skin elasticity as we age.
Niacinamide has many benefits, however, those with oily skin can expect by using this ingredient to improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and dullness.
Diane S. Berson, MD from the American Academy of Dermatology tells her clients when purchasing cosmetics products to use on their acne-prone skin to focus on ingredients such as niacinamide. Dr. Berson stated: “to reduce irritation, some cosmeceuticals now include anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as niacinamide for barrier repair, and antioxidants.”
Retinol is another ingredient that I look for when I am purchasing makeup products because it contains vitamin A. Vitamin A is commonly found in anti-aging formulas that target wrinkling and hyper pigmentation. However, it is very much effective for individuals who have oily skin and are acne-prone. Retinol is also known to unclog pores and fade dark spots. So why not use products that contain retinol when you’re doing your skin a favor.
I like wearing makeup, however, when I wear makeup to cover a blemish or two I do not want to end up with more blemishes because of the makeup I’m using.
Therefore, it is important to be gentle with your skin and use products that are also labeled non-comedogenic. There are more ingredients that I look for in the products that I purchase, however, these are just a few that I know off the top of my head.
Foundation Primers for Oily Skin
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
- Benefit Meet The Porefessionals Mini Primer Trio
- Too Faced Hangover Face Primer
- bareminerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
- MAC Prep + Prime Skin
- Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (TM)
- Shiseido The Makeup Refining Makeup Primer SPF 20
- Clinique Superprimer Face Primer – Universal Face Primer
- Estee Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finish
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
What it is: A transparent primer gel that smoothes skin and blurs flaws and was developed to help makeup look better and last longer on set.
- Paraben-free; phthalate-free; fragrance-free; talc-free; oil-free
Research was also conducted for this product on 103 women after one week of use:
- 93% saw blurred imperfections
- 93% saw smoother skin
- 91% saw minimized pores and lines
- 95% said it helped makeup go on flawlessly
- 94% said it worked well with their skin tone
- 94% agreed foundation blended more easily
Benefit Meet The Porefessionals Mini Primer Trio (Limited Edition)
What it is: A limited-edition trio of primers to prime, mattify and brighten your skin tone.
Too Faced Hangover Face Primer
What it is: A hydrating face primer infused with priobiotic-based coconut water and skin revivers.
- Paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; gluten-free
- Made in Italy
bareminerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer
What it is: Create an ultra-silky and smooth canvas for the most flawless foundation application ever.
- Paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; synthetic fragrance-free
- synthetic dye-free; petrochemical-free
- Made in the USA
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
What it is: An oil-free, weightless and multipurpose primer that goes beyond traditional formulations.
- Paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; oil-free; gluten-free; fragrance-free; synthetic dye-free
- Not tested on animals
- Made in the USA
MAC Prep + Prime Skin
What it is: A lightweight gel lotion formulated with special-effect silicones.
- Improves radiance
Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (TM)
What it is: A targeted mattifying primer that controls oil for up to 12 hours.
- Silicone-free; oil-free; alcohol-free; fragrance-free
- Made in Italy
Shiseido The Makeup Refining Makeup Primer SPF 20
What is it: Prime skin and erase imperfections for a beautiful, natural finish and improve the wear of your foundation.
Clinique Superprimer Face Primer – Universal Face Primer
What it is: A primer that smoothes and corrects skin with a lightweight, oil-free formula.
Estee Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finish
What it is: A must-have mattifying primer that creates a silky-smooth canvas for makeup application by controlling oil and reducing shine for a healthy-looking finish.
I hope you all find this post useful, however, if you currently use these products or others please comment below and let me know. This is not a comprehensive list, however, I do believe that these are the best primers for individuals with oily skin.