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If you have oily skin, you know that applying makeup—and keeping it in place all day—isn’t always the easiest task. Chances are, you’ve taken a look in the mirror midday only to notice that your foundation has started to melt. Well, it’s time to turn your attention to primer! Keep reading to learn all about what primer can do—and find the best primer for oily skin from L’Oréal Paris.
Generally, primer should be the first step in your makeup routine. That’s because it can help create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application. Primer can be particularly useful for those with oily skin. Although applying one may add a few seconds to your morning makeup routine, it could be a good product to add if you have issues with makeup staying in place. Face primer isn’t the only type of this product, though. Eye primer, lash primer, and lip primer also exist.
When it comes to choosing a primer for oily skin, look for one with a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny finish), like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin, leaving it velvety-smooth to the touch. The result is a unified matte finish that looks flawless! The primer helps to smooth lines, hide pores, and banish imperfections—plus, it’s non-comedogenic.
The trick to making the most out of your primer is to use it the right way. Follow these simple steps to make your base work for your oily skin:
Step 1: Go through your skin care routine. Cleanse, moisturize, and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Step 2: Apply the primer dot by dot and blend it in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas, such as under your eyes to smooth over fine lines, your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and your T-zone for a matte result.
Step 3: Follow with foundation and powder. Use a matte finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, and apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Then, brush on the L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder. You can also wear the primer alone sans any makeup applied over it—perfect for those low-key days.
Do your lids tend to get oily? Apply an eye primer first to help prevent smudging. Take a tiny bit of eye primer and gently pat it onto your eyelids with your ring finger.
Apply a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer before moving on to mascara. This lightweight primer can help create an even base for your favorite L’Oréal Paris mascara. Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep up to the tip.
Worried about your bold lipstick sliding all over your face? Use a lip primer beforehand to help smooth things out. You can also use an invisible lip liner or concealer in place of primer if you don’t have any on hand.
At the end of the day, take it all off with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. To use, just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration with a matte finish.