The Best Primers For Oily Skin
The Best Primers For Oily Skin

The Best Primers For Oily Skin

If your skin’s on the oiler side, a primer can be a problem – so it’s no wonder the SL Community wants to know the best options out there. We’ve rounded up seven that are perfect for the job and can even mattify, blur and smooth…
By Sapna Rao

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Best For: A Skin-Loving Formula

Nu Blotting Lotion, £28 | Yves Saint Laurent Beauty

We’re real fans of YSL’s Nu range of skincare-make-up hybrids. This primer promises up to eight hours of hydration thanks to an infusion of antioxidant-rich Moroccan limonette extract. The hero ingredient also helps protect the skin’s barrier from external stressors to encourage a more balanced-looking complexion. Wear it alone as a moisturiser or use it under make-up to improve both application and wear.

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Best For: Blurring

Pure Canvas Blurring Primer, £39.50 | Laura Mercier

To smooth the look of imperfections and blur larger pores, this mattifying primer is a great place to turn. Infused with microalgae and hardworking blurring powders, it delivers a soft-focus effect to perfect the skin’s look and feel, while encouraging make-up applied on top to look more flawless too. The best bit? It comes in a mist.

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Best For: A Luxe Choice

VB x Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer, £58 | Victoria Beckham Beauty

This mega collaboration just makes sense. It doesn't come cheap, but it benefits from Augustinus Bader’s expert skincare technology – designed to promote cell rejuvenation thanks to supercharged actives to deliver long-term, skin-perfecting result – and Victoria Beckham Beauty’s expert make-up formulation knowledge. The result is a product that’s lightweight yet effective in hydrating the skin all day under make-up, without adding excess shine.

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Best For: A Velvet Feel

Wonderfilter™ Velvet Finish Primer, £40 | Beauty Pie

Working to blur large pores, smooth the skin for better foundation application, and plump the skin without adding excess oil, this is a primer to know. Rather than adding too much glow or overly mattifying, this sits perfectly in the middle, offering a velvet finish. You shouldn’t need us to tell you how skin-loving Beauty Pie is – making this one a winner for keeping your complexion clear too.

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Best For: A Lightweight Feel

Hydro Grip Primer, £35 | Milk Makeup

For a quick, easy-to-use option, a lightweight mist is always a winner. This primer can be worn under make-up to hydrate – without adding anything too heavy. Additionally, it can be used on top of make-up to boost hydration throughout the day. It’s also well loved for its ability to keep make-up put for longer.

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Best For: Minimising Pores

The POREfessional Face Primer, £31 | Benefit

Long a cult favourite, this primer looks somewhat tinted on first glance – but don’t be fooled. Lightweight on the skin and leaving behind a smooth blurred look and feel, it’s perfect for everyday if your oil levels are tough to manage. We also love that it doesn't disrupt make-up applied on top – instead helping to provide a smoother canvas for foundation, concealer or other liquids to be blended onto.

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