Best Face Primers for ALL Skin Types

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My most asked question as a wedding makeup artist is “What primer do you use?”. Although I wish I had 1 product to recommend to everyone that’s now how it works. We all have different skin types, textures, or concerns. Another thing I have learned as well is that not all primers are going to work. Trust me, I’ve tried lots of primers and a few haven’t worked for me. In today’s blog post I am going to share with you primers that I love for oily, combination, and dry skin and that has worked with my previous clients.

Best Face Primers for ALL Skin Types

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Dry Skin Primers:

Let’s start with the primers that work for dry skin. If you have dry skin you are going to want a primer that is hydrating. The reason is that you want a good hydrated and smooth face before applying your foundation. If you don’t use a hydrating primer, your foundation is going to cling on to the dry patches on your skin and make your foundation look funny. Below you’re going to find a few of my favorite primers that have worked with my clients or my friends that have dry skin.

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Oily Skin Primers:

Got oily skin? You need a primer that’s going to keep the oils on your skin under control. Your skin is obviously producing natural oils and that’s okay. I get it. I have oily skin too. You want to make sure that the primer you are using is a mattifying primer. This is going to help your foundation + concealer stay in place all day but also keep your skin from getting oily.

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Best Face Primers for ALL Skin Types

Sensitive Skin:

This is pretty simple. You want to avoid primers that have fragrance. If your skin is usually red from being sensitive you want to use a green primer base. This will help neutralize the redness when you apply the foundation.

Tip: Find a primer that has a green tea extract or niacinamide.

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Combination Skin:

Having combination skin means oily and dry on certain parts of your face. This can be a pain for some. You can use a mattifying primer on the areas of your face that gets oily and use a different kind of primer on the areas of your face that get dry.

Normal Skin:

When you have normal skin this means that your pores are not too large or too small and that your skin doesn’t get too oily or dry throughout the day. You don’t want a primer that is mattifying. You want a primer that is going to make your makeup last longer and that will have SPF. You may want to use an illuminating primer. Some normal skin types don’t have any problems like redness or blemish so a simple pore-blurring primer will also be good.

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  1. Amanda wrote:

    I have combo skin and I’m excited to see that you are recommending UD’s All Nighter and Becca’s First Light Priming Filter. I have both of these but I’m testing so many primers right now for my own blog that I have not gotten around to them yet.

    xoxo Amanda |

    Posted 5.30.20 Reply
    • Yes, those two primers are my favorite. I use matte foundations so using these primers work amazingly with my skin.

      Posted 6.1.20 Reply