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Top 10 Foundation Primers for Oily Skin in 2021 (Smashbox, E.L.F., and More)

Every girl with oily skin knows your T-zone is your worst enemy. In the morning, you can spend a good half an hour or so putting on your face only to find it shiny with excess oil and completely melted by the end of the day! Behind every long-lasting, flawless look, there’s a good primer. This holds doubly true for oily-skinned folks. 


However, not just any primer will do for any type of skin. For our number one pick for best primer for oily skin, we loved Beccas's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. It can survive even the harshest of weather, evens your skin tone, and lasts for a long time. Check out our other top 10 and read on to figure out what kind of primer will keep your T-zone from getting shiny.

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  • Last updated: 05-27-2021
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Top 10 Foundation Primers for Oily Skin

Can’t stop makeup from sliding around? Try one of the items below to keep your face in place.
1

BeccaEver-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

$28.88

TypeTube
Volume1.35 oz.
Free fromSilicone, oil, alcohol, fragrance
Additional benefitsSkin tightening
2

TatchaSilk Canvas Protective Primer

$52.00

TypeCompact, scrape
Volume0.7 oz.
Free fromParabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA
Additional benefitsAnti-aging, even skin tone, blurs, non-comedogenic, cruelty-free
3

MACPrep + Prime Fix+

$24.23

TypeSpray
Volume3.4 oz.
Free from-
Additional benefitsSoothing
4

SmashboxThe Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer

$36.00

TypeTube
Volume1 oz.
Free fromParabens, phthalates, fragrance; talc, oil
Additional benefitsTransparent color, blurs, cruelty-free
5

LORACPOREfection Mattifying Face Primer

$32.00

TypeTube
Volume1.7 oz.
Free fromOil, parabens, fragrance
Additional benefitsMinimize pores
6

Yves Saint LaurentYves Saint Laurent All Hours Primer

$51.14

TypeNozzle (liquid)
Volume1.35 oz.
Free from-
Additional benefitsSPF 18, blurs, minimize pores
7

Hourglass CosmeticsVeil Mineral Primer

$54.00

TypePump
Volume1 oz.
Free fromParabens, sulfates, phthalates, nanoparticles, oil, fragrance, gluten, synthetic dyes
Additional benefitsSPF 15, conceals redness, minimize wrinkles, vegan, cruelty-free
8

bareMineralsPrime Time Foundation Primer

$17.50

TypePump
Volume1 oz.
Free fromPreservatives
Additional benefitsCombat rough patches, flaking
9

BenefitPOREfessional Makeup Mini Primer

$27.99

TypeTube
Volume0.75 oz.
Free fromOil
Additional benefitsTranslucent, minimizes pores
10

E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer

$5.79

TypePump
Volume0.47 oz.
Free fromPhthalates, parabens, nonylphenol, ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, hydroquinone
Additional benefitsCruelty-free, vegan, fill in fine lines

Compare the Best Foundation Primer for Oily Skin

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Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector 1

Becca

2
Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer 1

Tatcha

3
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ 1

MAC

4
Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer 1

Smashbox

5
LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer 1

LORAC

6
Yves Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Primer 1

Yves Saint Laurent

7
Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer 1

Hourglass Cosmetics

8
bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer 1

bareMinerals

9
Benefit POREfessional Makeup Mini Primer 1

Benefit

10
E.L.F.  Mineral Infused Face Primer 1

E.L.F.

Name

Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Prep + Prime Fix+

The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer

POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Primer

Veil Mineral Primer

Prime Time Foundation Primer

POREfessional Makeup Mini Primer

Mineral Infused Face Primer

Features

Resistant to Sweat and Humidity and Contains No Silicone, Alcohol, or Oil

Silky Primer Fortified with Botanical Extracts to Combat Aging

Spray-On Alternative to Gels and Creams

Peptides to Shield Your Skin from Pollutants

Infused with Vitamins and Salicylic Acid to Fight Scarring and Acne

An SPF Primer with No Flashback and an Ability to Control Shine

Dries Down to a Velvet Finish and Provides Solid UV Protection

Feeds Your Skin with Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, and Vitamins

Absorbs into Your Skin and Creates a Non-Slip Base for Makeup

Fills in your Wrinkles and Pores for a Smooth, Silky Finish

Price$28.88$52.00$24.23$36.00$32.00$51.14$54.00$17.50$27.99$5.79
TypeTubeCompact, scrapeSprayTubeTubeNozzle (liquid)PumpPumpTubePump
Volume1.35 oz.0.7 oz.3.4 oz.1 oz.1.7 oz.1.35 oz.1 oz.1 oz.0.75 oz.0.47 oz.
Free fromSilicone, oil, alcohol, fragranceParabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA-Parabens, phthalates, fragrance; talc, oilOil, parabens, fragrance-Parabens, sulfates, phthalates, nanoparticles, oil, fragrance, gluten, synthetic dyesPreservativesOilPhthalates, parabens, nonylphenol, ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, hydroquinone
Additional benefitsSkin tighteningAnti-aging, even skin tone, blurs, non-comedogenic, cruelty-freeSoothingTransparent color, blurs, cruelty-freeMinimize poresSPF 18, blurs, minimize poresSPF 15, conceals redness, minimize wrinkles, vegan, cruelty-freeCombat rough patches, flakingTranslucent, minimizes poresCruelty-free, vegan, fill in fine lines
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How to Choose a Foundation Primer for Oily Skin – Buying Guide

In general, primers are just what they sound like–they prime your skin, providing you with basic skincare and evening out your facial canvas. But they’ve got to work harder on oily skin, fighting against a host of problems, such as acne and irritation. So we decided to ask Megoosta Fashion, a beauty guru who has oily skin herself, what kind of primers work for her.
Chee
Megoosta Fashion
Chee

"A little bit of D.I.Y., a little bit of fashion and a little bit of makeup" reads the introduction to Chee's channel. And, indeed, Chee's blog and Youtube runs a bit eclectic. 


Her channel deals largely with product reviews and fun swatches (a must-see for oily skinned girls)! Chee's blog, on the other hand, overflows with her thoughts on fashion and outfit ideas. And her Instagram's filled with fun snapshots of her life. Catch up with her below!

Check the Ingredients List

It’s the least fun but most crucial step of buying makeup–looking up the ingredients and learning about their effects on your skin. A primer is only as good as its components.

For a Matte Finish, You Want Oil-Absorbing Components in an Oil-Free Primer

For a Matte Finish, You Want Oil-Absorbing Components in an Oil-Free Primer

Dewy is a good look, but you don’t need a dewy primer. All those oils seeping out of your skin will give you that lovely glow. What you need is mattifying powerm, but what makes a primer mattifying? 


Look for oil-absorbing components, such as niacinamide, talc, or kaolin clay. Various powders also work to control shine.

For a Matte Finish, You Want Oil-Absorbing Components in an Oil-Free Primer

Though silicones are non-biodegradable, they're highly effective at controlling oil. They work by forming a rubber-like film over your face, smoothing out pores and creating a flawless base for building up your makeup. However, they can clog pores, trapping in bacteria and sweat. Weigh the benefits carefully when considering silicone-based products.

Oil-free primers are best. If you must, you can get one with oils in it, provided those oils are at the bottom of the ingredients list. You could also try a water-based primer, which is lightweight and lets your skin breathe. However, if you have an oil-based foundation (not recommended for oily skin), then you need a primer with the same base, because water and oil repel each other.

Chee
Megoosta Fashion
Chee

Primers that contain oil-absorbing powders (mica) are great because it mattifies your skin immediately and makes your pores look smaller. Skin feels smooth and fresh immediately—plus it helps to keep you shine-free for longer


I like primers with natural extracts as opposed to chemicals because it is much safer. Lemon verbana extract or centella asiatica extract soothe and smooth the skin’s texture. Green tea extract balances the moisture in the skin.

Look for Ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Meant to Fight Acne and Enlarged Pores

Look for Ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Meant to Fight Acne and Enlarged Pores
It’s the pestilence all of us with oily skin suffer–acne. A primer with ingredients meant to fight and prevent breakouts, such as salicylic acid, will keep your skin clear under your makeup.

Enlarged pores are another big problem. For this, look for a pore-minimizing primer, which can have ingredients like tea tree oil. It’s pretty much an elixir that clears your pores and kills bacteria, keeping your skin from swelling.

Chee
Megoosta Fashion
Chee

Silicon-based primers are actually great for minimizing pores, and most silicon-based primers would come with oil-controlling properties. Unfortunately, some people have an aversion to them because it requires thorough cleansing to completely remove the product to prevent clogging. 


I like vitamins in my primers, which help to tone and brighten your complexion over time. For stronger whitening benefits, look out for arbutin, which is a popular ingredient used in masks for whitening and brightening.

Relieve Your Skin Problems, Don't Exacerbate Them

Relieve Your Skin Problems, Don't Exacerbate Them

Some people say that since sun exposure dries out your skin, you should soak in as many rays as possible. Actually, it's the complete opposite! Whenever your skin dries out, it will produce extra oil later and end up overcompensating. So choose a primer with SPF.

Also, exposure to UV rays can enlarge your pores. The reasoning is that UV rays break down your skin and decrease collagen, the substance that gives your skin its elasticity. Once your skin stops firming up, your pores start opening up. SPF should be part of any healthy skincare routine.

Chee
Megoosta Fashion
Chee
It is difficult to find a sunscreen that doesn’t feel greasy or leave a white cast behind. The best I’ve found that feels lightweight and dries matte is the Innisfree No Sebum Sunblock with SPF 35/PA+++.

 

Alternatively, you can go for primers with octinoxate (max 7.5%), such as in YSL All Hours Primer, or primers with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, as found in most Korean beauty primers. If a primer I’m using does not contain SPF in it, I always layer it with a primer that does contain SPF. That way, I can get all the benefits of oil control and sunscreen protection with my primers.

Correct Your Skin Tone With Colored Primers

Correct Your Skin Tone With Colored Primers

Remember the color wheel and complementary colors? If not, here’s a refresher: complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. When you combine them, they cancel each other out. And makeup companies have used this property to produce tinted primers that color-correct your skin.

If you have oily skin, it might also be a blotchy red, thanks to acne. In that case, the complementary color, green can help you. Yellow complements blue; therefore, if you have any blue veins or purple shadows, you can prep your face with a yellow-tinted primer.

Salmon and peachier shades work on brown pigmentation. If your skin is sallow, then a lavender primer is for you. Pink is all-around, brightening up skin tone and giving you a livelier complexion.
Chee
Megoosta Fashion
Chee
Personally, I do not need to color-correct. However, when using a color correcting primer or cream of any sort, definitely go over it with foundation. Blend one area at a time so as not to mix up the colors on your applicator.

More Specialized Products for Your Skin Type

More Specialized Products for Your Skin Type

Controlling your oily skin can be challenging. It can also be a hassle when you feel your face getting greasy throughout the day. But don't worry–we've got plenty of other suggestions for products perfect for making your skin feel light and refreshed!

Summary

Having your face fall off two hours after you put it on can be upsetting. This can be prevented by choosing a primer that works well with your skin, controlling excess oil and avoiding a meltdown. There might be a lot of trial and error, but surely you’ll find one that suits your needs. We hope at least one of these primers will work for you.

Don’t forget that oily skin is also affected by your skincare routine. When you’re picky with both your skincare and makeup products, you’ll find your oily skin to be a lot more manageable.



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