Often overlooked, primers are an essential line of defense when fighting acne, oily skin, and blemishes. Primers are made to prime and smooth out pores prior to applying any kind of powders, foundations, and makeup. In doing so, your complexion will be mattified, which fights the accumulation of oil, thus preventing acne flare-ups. Here are some great primers to try if you have acne-prone and oily skin. Paulina tried and tested!
Cover FX Mattifying Primer + Acne Treatment
This product reduces pores and controls shine for acne-prone skin. The salicylic acid prevents acne while the Ancient African Tree Bark helps control shine.
Neutrogena Matte Primer + Serum
This non-greasy combo product is made with rice protein which mattifies and blurs the look of pores and reduces shine.
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil + Shine Control Primer
This primer from Smashbox is non-greasy and controls oil and shine for up to 12 hours.
Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish Primer
This product is all about oil control. One application promises minimized pores and smoother-looking skin.
Dr Brandt Pore Refiner Primer
Dr Brandt has formulated a matte finish primer that minimizes the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines.
Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer
Aside from reducing the look of imperfections, this primer is also waterproof – a winning combination.
Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer
This primer is fortified with ingredients that condition your skin for an improved look and texture, blur the appearance of lines and pores with its mattifying effect, and attract moisture.
Milk Makeup Pore Eclipse Mattifying Primer
From Milk Makeup, this primer mattifies your skin and creates a smooth and even base for makeup application.
Tatcha The Liquid Canvas
This liquid primer is ideal if you have issues with redness, dullness, uneven texture, and pores.