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Our edit of the best mattifying primers for oily skin

Our edit of the best mattifying primers for oily skin

A perfectly matte, flawless base is the best canvas for makeup.

If you have oily or combination skin, prepping your skin before applying your foundation is vital if you hope to create a perfect, streak-free base that stays in place and lasts all day.

To help you find your perfect product, we’ve gathered together the best primers for oily skin to balance, mattify and smooth your skin.

Best primers for oily skin

  1. Urban Decay Complexion De-Slick Primer
  2. Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer
  3. Cover FX Mattifying Primer
  4. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier
  5. Sleek MakeUP Mattifying Primer
  6. Lancôme Prep and Matte Primer
  7. NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Primer
  8. Estée Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher
  9. Barry M Cosmetics All Night Long Primer Stick
  10. benefit the POREfessional Primer

Urban Decay Complexion De-Slick Primer

Formulated with natural clay derivatives to mattify the skin, Urban Decay Complexion De-Slick Primer helps to balance and smooth oily, combination skin. With a sheer texture which glides on to and melts in to the skin, the primer feels so lightweight on the skin but creates the perfect base to keep your makeup in place all day without creasing or fading.

Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer

Create a perfectly matte base and keep oils at bay all day with Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer. The cream-gel formula absorbs excess oil to mattify the skin without drying out your complexion allowing your foundation to apply smoothly without accentuating any uneven skin texture or tone.

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Enriched with Salicylic Acid to soothe and prevent break outs, Cover FX Mattifying Primer helps to perfect your skin whilst wearing makeup. The skincare-makeup hybrid primer glides over the skin, helping to sweep away excess oil and minimise the appearance of pores for a smooth, perfected complexion. Vitamins C and E also help to create an antioxidant barrier to further protect your skin against free radiacal damage and external aggressors.

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier

Extend the wear-time of your makeup and balance your complexion with Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier – a primer which helps to blur the appearance of pores and control oil production for a smooth, even visage. Unlike many mattifying primers, the lightweight formula is almost undetectable on the skin and creates a fresh matte but never flat finish.

Sleek MakeUP Mattifying Primer

Formulated with soft-focus powders for a velvet finish, Sleek MakeUP Mattifying Primer helps to minimise oil on the skin whilst smoothing over fine lines and imperfections to create a smooth, perfected base. Worn alone or under makeup, the primer will balance your skin, keeping your complexion fresh and balanced.

Lancôme Prep and Matte Primer

Blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores for a perfected, flawless finish, Lancôme Prep and Matte Primer helps to create flawless foundation results. With a sleek, shine-free finish, the primer helps to prolong makeup staying power and creates a natural matte base with a subtle lit-from-within glow.

NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Primer

Create a photo-ready finish with NYX Professional Makeup High Definiton Primer. With a water-based formula that feels feather-light on the skin, the HD Primer helps to improve makeup application and longevity, creating the perfect smooth, oil-free base for a beautiful, long-lasting finish.

Estée Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher

Expertly controlling oil and shine for a flawless finish, Estée Lauder The Mattifier Perfecting Primer + Finisher keeps your complexion looking healthy whilst smoothing a mattifying veil over the skin. Worn alone or underneath makeup, the primer helps to balance and control for skin that looks fresh all day long.

Barry M Cosmetics All Night Long Primer Stick

In a handy stick form for precise and simple application, Barry M All Night Long Primer Stick smooths over pores and evens out the texture of your skin to create the perfect base for your foundation. Whether simply applied to areas which need mattifying, such as the T-Zone, or all over the complexion, the primer helps to control oil production without looking or feeling heavy on the skin. The oil-free formula sets down to create an invisible, smooth base that stays in place all day.

benefit the POREfessional Primer

The iconic benefit The POREfessional Primer has long been a considered one of the best primers for oily skin. Oil-free and ultra-lightweight, the primer creates a perfect base for makeup and even works to protect the skin with a dose of Vitamin E. Underneath foundation, the primer helps to keep your base in place all day and all night long without breaking up or fading away.



Rosie

Rosie

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