Make-up is a miracle: it can make you feel more confident, appear well rested when you’re exhausted and completely change your look. When you’ve spent time putting on your make up the last thing you want is it to fade over the day or night, that’s where a primer can help. We’ve put together a list for some of the best primers for oily skin that will hold your look in place and help your make-up last longer.
There’s a reason why Max Factor call themselves ‘the make-up of make-up artists’: they really know their stuff. This high street primer extends the wear of your foundation (link) and holds it in place throughout the day (or night, if you’re out raving). It’s great for oily complexions because it mattifies skin and banishes excess oils so your foundation will sit perfectly on your face. It also has water-in-silicone emulsion included that absorbs sweat and sebum and fancy flexi-hold technology. And to top it all off, it’s SPF 20 so it will protect your skin from the sun.
Here at The Grade we love Smashbox’s Foundation Primer. It really does provide an amazing base that counteracts discolouration and evens out skin tone. Most of us aren’t blessed enough to have perfect skin and this primer can really help – it has a lightweight blend of vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals that will leave your skin silky smooth so your foundation will ease on like a dream. The primer is completely oil-free and will even reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. You’ll only need a little bit for underneath your foundation so it’ll be a while before you’ll need to buy another one – and we bet you’ll buy it again and again.
Becca’s Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector can be worn alone as a quick pick me up for your skin or under foundation to make it last longer. If you struggle with excess oil on your skin during the day then you can warm the primer in your hands and pat over the oily areas to touch-up your make-up. The primer is also great if you have oily eyelids as it will mattify your skin and you can go crazy with your favourite eye shadow. It’s oil, alcohol and fragrance free so it won’t irritate your skin. It truly is one of the best on the market.
Sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts? This is the primer for you. It is an amazing product that can make your make-up last for around 10 hours without any need for touch-ups. Some people with problem skin struggle with silicone-based primers but this really works and won’t damage or irritate your skin. You really won’t be disappointed with this product.
With primers it’s all about the texture. You want something that’s lightweight and silky that will leave your skin looking radiant and luminous. Japonesque’s Radiance Primer does exactly what it says on the tin – it leaves your skin looking radiant and primes it for your foundation. It includes reflective pigments that attract and diffuse light (yes really) so your skin looks youthful and any impurities are blurred. If you want your skin to glow without borrowing Mariah Carey’s lighting guy then invest in this fantastic primer.
Unlike the rest of the primers on this list, NYX’s HD Studio Perfect Primer comes in three different colour options: clear is great for the lucky ones with an even skin tone, the lavender tone brightens and illuminates yellow undertones and the green option reduces red tones in your skin. It promises longevity for your make-up and gives a smooth matte finish that reduces oily areas. It smoothes out wrinkles, reduces the appearance of pores and spreads like butter on your skin (but we wouldn’t recommend eating it, just as a disclaimer).