We are no stranger to shiny foreheads. Oil-controlling primers promise to not only make your makeup stay put all day (which is hard enough to achieve when you have a shiny complexion) but also combat over-enthusiastic oil production. These products typically contain polymers that simultaneously bind the foundation with your skin and create a smooth finish—the perfect canvas for makeup. Some also have ingredients that can help to balance out shine, like silica. The result? An even, sheen-free finish and makeup that lasts all day.
These qualities almost sound too good to be true, right? There are a few out there that don't live up to their claims, and there are some that are actually the real deal. The latter is what we want to spotlight. Keep scrolling to find out the best primers for oily skin.
If we're talking game-changing primers for oily skin, Hourglass's Veil Mineral Primer has to be in the mix. This creamy texture not only forms the perfect base on your skin for foundation application but also reduces redness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Its oil-free ingredients are made to repel water, so shine is not welcome here. You can expect a flawless sheer filter to melt right into your skin.
If you have oil-prone skin, oil-free primers need to be your go-to. Try this exquisite example from Peter Thomas Roth, a high-tech formula created to stop slippery makeup and diminish the appearance of oily pores. It's made with an ingredient called AberMat, which is essentially an oil vacuum that does not play around. If you seek long-wear, comfortable coverage this is the one.
You can leave your blotting papers at home because this super-matte formula will keep your shine in check for you. Perfect for those with sensitive skin, it's free of oil, silicone, alcohol, and fragrance. Instead, it depends on hardworking ingredients to combat excess oil and keep your face looking fresh all day.
Primers made with harsh ingredients often end up being the culprit behind unsightly breakouts. On the flip side of that, we're obsessed with primers that double as skincare products like this Cover FX mattifying primer, which is made with salicylic acid to fight off blemishes. Lather this on your face for a poreless base before your foundation, or use it to spot-treat blemishes. What's even cooler is when you're wearing it, you know it's doing all of these things at once: providing long-lasting coverage, minimizing imperfections, stopping shine, and fighting off acne.
We had to include another oil-controlling primer that skincare junkies would love. This velvety texture provides sheer coverage that works on all skin tones. It's a well-developed formulation of SPF, vitamin C, green tea, and other ingredients to calm inflammations and protect your pores from the sun.
Just because you're saying no to oil doesn't mean a good glow is completely out of the picture. This skin-blurring primer will give your skin a luminous, lived-in glow.
Peptides along with African whitewood and oleanolic acid are skin-balancing properties in this primer that'll lock your makeup in place all day and decrease oil buildup in your pores. Massage this all over your skin before foundation for a matte finish, or apply this only to your oil-prone spots to control shine.