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Everyone wants to flaunt flawless makeup, but retaining that flawlessness is very problematic for those who have oily skin. No matter which oil-free cleanser you use, you just can’t train your glands to secrete less oil! But having said that, there’s still hope. Thanks to face primers, we now have a product that will ensure our makeup stays put. Primers create a velvety base for our makeup, so it doesn’t melt. It also minimizes the appearance of pores so that you get that much sought-after flawless look!

But not any old bottle labelled “mattifying primer” is the solution to all our oily skin problems. Not all primers are created equally. The best primer for your oily skin, however, can change your makeup game and keep it that way. You’ll get smoother, clearer skin, a more balanced complexion, and makeup that lasts all day long. Behold, the very best primers for oily skin that you’ll ever find.

No. 1: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer

When primer pros Smashbox release a new formula, makeup lovers pay attention—and this one did not disappoint. The non-drying formula of Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer locks in makeup and absorbs oil to keep your face shine-free throughout the day. Plus, it’s sweat and humidity-resistant for up to eight hours, so consider it a safe choice for summer.

No. 2: Benefit The POREfessional primer

Benefit The POREfessional primer quickly minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines to help makeup stay put. The super silky texture leaves skin super smooth and shine-free, and the vitamin E in the formula protects skin from damaging free radicals.

No. 3: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer is scientifically formulated—whatever that means—to achieve the appearance of smooth, poreless skin even without makeup. Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract, and an impressive amount of retinol to conceal pores and leave skin firm and hydrated.

No. 4: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Ever-matte, indeed: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector controls oil and keeps skin mattified and pores minimized for up to 12 hours. Think of it as a “liquid blotting paper” to keep skin matte and shine-free all day long, sans silicone, oil, alcohol, or fragrance.

No. 5: Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage

Skin Base Visage is an extremely light-weight gel-based primer that neutralizes the redness on the face, and at the same time, adds radiance to it. It instantly minimizes the visibility of pores and dark circles while mattifying the skin. It also has optical diffusers that blur out the imperfections and make the skin look even.

No. 6: Fenty Beauty ‘PRO FILT’R’ Instant Retouch Primer

A shine-stopping, pore-diffusing primer that smooths the way for better foundation application and longer wear with an instant retouch effect. This oil-free primer smooths away the look of pores, visibly evens skin tone and texture, and instantly absorbs shine without feeling dry or chalky. That means smoother foundation application and longer makeup wear.

No. 7: Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base

This clear, thick gel feels light on the skin, lasts for hours and absorbs oil as it breaks forth throughout the day. It doesn’t have a mask feeling or smothers the skin, and most importantly, it isn’t drying.

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