Primer is one of those products that people either swear by or skip altogether. However, if you’re someone with overactive sebaceous glands (translation: you have oily skin), a primer could make a noticeable difference in how your makeup goes on and wears throughout the day. Like a base coat when you polish your nails (or a primer before you paint walls), a makeup primer is a smart prep step for the smoothest possible finish.
That said, how you use a primer is crucial to its success. For starters, you should always apply it to clean skin, after any skin care products but before your makeup. Also, when the label says to use a pea-sized amount for your entire face, it’s best you follow their suggestion, because too much primer can actually cause your makeup to slip or pill (which is the opposite of the intended effect).
OK, ready to shop the best primers for oily skin? Here are some of our tried-and-true picks for every budget.