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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 or concealer has started to melt. Well, it’s time to turn your attention to primer! Keep reading to learn all about what primer can do, find our best primer for oily skin, and get tips for using other types of primers for oily skin, like eye and lips.
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 Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. Our best primer for oily skin helps blur imperfections and keep shine at bay, making it perfect to use as the first step in your makeup routine.
The key 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.
Before reaching for primer, work your way through your skin care routine. Cleanse with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattfiy Cleanser and moisturize with the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin.
Now it’s time to reach for primer! Apply it 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.
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 all your makeup 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.
Want more makeup advice for oily skin? Here is Our Best Foundation for Oily Skin.