You deserve to shine bright like a diamond, but if you have oily skin, you may not want your complexion taking the spotlight. That’s where a good primer comes in—your skin’s new best friend and your foundation’s favorite antecedent. Although there’s been some debate in the past whether primers are effective or not, today’s formulas have been redefined to provide a multitude of benefits. Some of the advantages include reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smooth base for makeup application, evening out skin tone, making pores appear smaller, and providing an overall youthful glow.
A good mattifying primer is key to creating a silky-smooth base for your makeup to cling to. Even on hot summer days, it will help your makeup stay put without slipping, sinking, or creasing. Plus, it will significantly cut down oil and shine so you don’t have to reach for blotting papers or setting powder throughout the day.
To help you find the best primers for oily skin, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite picks that will conceal shine, grease, and excess buildup so your makeup is always on-point and never off-putting.