Primer is a virtual panacea for oily skin, reducing greasiness, improving the life of your foundation, and even filling in minor skin imperfections.
The beauty industry is constantly introducing new products: mineral foundations, BB and CC creams, setting sprays, and a seemingly endless array of long-wearing formulas. New beauty technologies appear so frequently that it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, the golden from the merely shiny.
A few years ago, no one had ever heard of makeup primers, but now they're all the rage amongst the beauty elite. So does oily skin need primer? Absolutely. In fact, oily skin benefits from the right primer more than almost any other skin type. Here's what primer can offer—and how to choose the best formula.
Prime Your Skin for Longer Makeup Wear
If you've ever applied a base coat to your nails before polishing them, then you already understand the concept of primer. Makeup primer creates a smooth, even, slightly sticky surface for foundation to adhere to.
By gliding over subtle skin imperfections and fighting oil, the right primer gives your complexion a fresh start that extends the life of your foundation. This is great news for people with oily skin, who often find that oil breakthrough melts their foundation before they even leave the house for the day.
The secret to long-wearing makeup perfection on oily skin is getting sebum under control. Oil-fighting primers absorb excess oil without clogging pores or drying your skin. To get the most out of your favourite foundation, start your makeup routine with a product such as Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer.
There's no need to wait for this stick-based formula to dry. Simply apply a thin, even coat to your face and then apply your foundation. Because primers even out skin tone, you may even find that you can use less foundation.
Correcting Skin Imperfections With Primer
Have you ever painted a room in your house? If so, you've probably scoured the paint aisle looking for paint-prep products that tackle specific problems. There's spackle, basic primer, quick-dry primer, one-coat primer, and even colour-correcting primer for walls covered in hideous and outdated colours.
Foundation primers offer the same impressive variety: there's one for virtually every skin problem. If large pores make you self-conscious, sweep them away with Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector.
To get the most bang for your buck, try a colour-correcting primer that's designed for oily skin. Green primers tend to mute red hues, while yellow primers work well to lighten dark patches and under-eye circles.