Top 10 Foundation Primers for Oily Skin to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Foundation Primers for Oily Skin to Buy Online 2018

Every oily girl knows it–your T-zone is your worst enemy. If you’re like us, you spend a good half an hour or so putting on your face in the morning. You go through your hectic day, barely finding time to use the restroom, much less touch up your makeup. Then you get home at night, and you look like the Wicked Witch of the West after Dorothy’s poured water on her. (Positively melting.)

Well, 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. Let’s talk about what kind of primer will keep your T-zone from getting quite so shiny.

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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 the 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.

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So, What Should the Ingredients List Look Like?

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.) You need mattifying. So, what makes a primer mattifying? (Not including, of course, the label.)

Well, 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 try a water-based primer, which is lightweight and lets your skin breathe. However, if you have an oil-based foundation (which you shouldn’t, since you have oily skin), then you need a primer with the same base, because water and oil repel each other.

Do look for oil-absorbing components, such as niacinamide. Various powders also work to control shine.

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Chee's comment
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.

The Plague of Oily Skin: Look for Ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Meant to Fight Acne and Enlarged Pores

The Plague of Oily Skin: 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.

A second common skin problem? Enlarged pores. For that, 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's comment
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.

Primers with SPF Will Relieve Your Skin Problems, Not Exacerbate Them

Primers with SPF Will Relieve Your Skin Problems, Not Exacerbate Them

Myth: since sun exposure dries out your skin, you should soak in as many rays as possible. Actually, it goes like this–whenever your skin dries out, it will produce extra oil later and end up overcompensating.

Also, exposure to UV rays can enlarge your pores. The reasoning is that UV rays, as you know, breaks down your skin and decreases collagen, which 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.

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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.

Do You Need to Correct Skin Tone? (Green, for Example, Works on Blotchy Skin)

Do You Need to Correct Skin Tone? (Green, for Example, Works on Blotchy Skin)

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 (think Christmas colors!), 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's comment
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.

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.

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

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

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Price: $5.69

Best Budget: Fills in your Wrinkles and Pores, Giving You a Smooth, Silky Finish

This is a silicone-based primer, through and through. The first ingredient is cyclopentasiloxane–a silicone that fills in fine lines and makes your skin feel like silk. This is paired with dimethicone, which also evens out skin texture and hides pores. Together, they transform your face into this flawless canvas. You can get the primer clear or in one of three color-correcting shades.

If, however, you have sensitive skin and are prone to acne, think twice about using the product. Silicones work by forming a rubber-like film over your face–which ends up clogging your pores, trapping in bacteria and sweat. There are also environmental concerns around silicones, as they are non-biodegradable. Also, one bottle of e.l.f. doesn’t give you much primer.

9. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

9. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

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Price: $31.00

Absorbs into Your Skin, Covering Pores and Making Sure Your Makeup Doesn’t Slip

A popular primer on the market, Benefit’s POREfessional has a silky and lightweight formula. It’s translucent and oil free, with added vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. As you apply, it’ll blend well in to your skin for that natural finish. It grips on to your makeup and keeps it from sliding around. Use this to keep your T-zone matte while minimizing the appearance of pores.

The standard size is smaller than your usual primer, and it’s easy to throw into your purse and take on the go. Just know that if you apply the primer to the wrong areas–that are neither oily nor porous–it can dry out the skin and make it look patchy.

8. BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer

7. BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer

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Price: $25.00

Feeds Your Skin with Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, and Vitamins

BareMinerals boasts “good-for-you” ingredients in their products, and this primer is no exception. Infused with antioxidants, soothing plant extracts, and vitamins C and E, Prime Time will help keep your makeup on all day. It settles in to a satin finish, smoothing out rough patches, uneven textures, and large pores. Another bonus is that it’s preservative-free.

If not applied properly, the primer or foundation clumps together into balls. It’s also extremely small for the price, the eye drop container of primers.

7. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

7. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

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Price: $54.00

Dries Down to a Velvet Finish and Provides Solid UV Protection

Make pores less visible with this SPF 15 primer. It’s oil-free and long lasting, withstanding heat and humidity. Veil Mineral Primer applies silky smooth and feels lightweight.  It absorbs in to the skin quickly, covering redness along the way. Drying down to a velvet finish, it won’t clog pores or make skin flaky.

It does, however, contain silicone, as well as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide–both of which are common and effective UV filters. The primer might not match well with mature skin, as it can settle in to lines instead of smooth them out.

6. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Primer

6. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Primer

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

Chee introduced this one to us, pointing out the active ingredient, octinoxate. It filters out UV-B rays and is a common ingredient in sunscreens, though some are concerned about its toxicity.  The primer has an SPF of 18 and applies like butter, but does not have flashback. It shouldn’t, as the main draw of this primer is how mattifying it is. At the end of the day, your face is noticeably less shiny.

If, however, you have sensitive skin or you tend towards natural ingredients, the mere effectiveness of the primer may not be enough for you. In addition to octinoxate, YSL contains alcohol and silicone.

5. LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

5. LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

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Price: $33.00

Infused with Vitamins and Salicylic Acid to Fight Scarring and Acne

This one deals with a wide range of skin troubles. First off, it contains silica, a mineral that can absorb many times its weight in oils. Next, you get salicylic acid, meant for the inevitable breakouts that accompany oily skin. The formula is rounded out with antioxidants, including vitamin C, meant to soothe and help your skin heal up any scars left behind.

It glides on easily–and after it’s settled, it’s like your pores never even existed. It also helps with fine lines and other signs of aging. It does contain silicone, used to lubricate the primer and smooth out your skin.

4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

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Price: $36.00

Peptides to Shield Your Skin from Pollutants

Another popular primer, this one also comes in three sizes—for your bedroom, your gym bag, and your purse. It comes out as a clear gel and is good for all skin types. Photo Finish covers dullness, pores, fine lines, and uneven textures. It’s infused with antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin E, nourishing your skin while you take on the day. As well as being cruelty-free, this primer is free of fragrance and talc. Smashbox proudly advertises Photo Finish as a vegan primer.

For some, the primer felt greasy upon application, and even made others break out. It is a silicone-based primer, so if you don’t like how gel feels against your skin, choose something else.

3. MAC Prep + Prime Fix

3. MAC Prep + Prime Fix

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Price: $26.00

Liquid Alternative to Gels and Creams

Right off the bat, this one is unique because it’s a spray-on primer as opposed to a gel. Prep + Prime Fix hydrates the skin with a blend of chamomile, green tea, and cucumber, leaving the face feeling refreshed. It’s multi-use, doubling as a primer and setting spray. For those who like variety, this primer gives you four scents to choose from. Along with original, there’s lavender, coconut, and rose.

Long-wearing and oil-controlling, it creates an extremely durable layer to protect your makeup. After spraying, it takes away the powdery look, smoothing out the entire face. It is, however, sticky to the touch.

2. Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer

2. Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer

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Price: $52.00

Silky Primer Fortified with Botanical Extracts Mean to Combat Aging

This incredible primer is lightweight and leaves behind no sticky residue, drying to a matte finish. A little goes a long way. It contains plant extracts, including a trinity of Japanese superfoods–rice, green tea, and algae–and some even saw an improvement in skin condition with continued use. It’s great at covering pores and acne, as well as controlling oil production. Silk Canvas works well with aging skin, and is both noncomedogenic and non-irritating.

It’s definitely worth a pretty penny, and comes in beautiful but somewhat inconvenient packaging. Instead of a squeeze tube, Tatcha provides you with a small spatula to scrape and measure out how much primer you need–not great if you’re on the go.

1. Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

1. Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

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

This primer is made to target and control oil. It dries down to a matte finish and is free of silicone, fragrance, alcohol, and oils. As you apply, Ever-Matte will cover your pores and even out your skin tone. Another plus is that it’s resistant to sweat and humidity, so you can run around all day without having to worry about your makeup staying put.

It dries extremely fast, so there’s a limited amount of time you have to work with it. Applied incorrectly, it can give you dry and patchy skin. For darker skin tones, Ever-Matte may leave a white cast, so keep that in mind.

Summary

Having your face fall off two hours after you put it on is pretty sad. 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 more manageable.

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