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Combination skin is frustrating enough to deal with when it comes to skin care — but it can be even more troubling on a makeup level. Some days you might be so oily that your makeup might slide off with shine, and other days you’re so dry that your makeup is practically flaking off. The good news is the right makeup primer can help.


Ahead, find six makeup primers that are spot-on for combination skin and can combat both flake and shine.


Dermablend Poresaver Matte Makeup Primer

This matte makeup primer is going to be your new favorite if you’re looking for the ultimate oil-absorbing, pore-minimizing finish. It guarantees up to 24-hour makeup wear and smoothes out the skin so well, you’ll barely notice a pimple cropping up when your foundation is applied. 


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Makeup Primer

If you want to take a literally magnetic approach, try the Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Primer. This formula is one of our favorites because it features All Day Grip Technology, refines pores and hydrates your complexion, all while keeping excess shine at bay.


NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer

The Bare With Me Hydrating Primer keeps skin matte, smooth and ready for makeup application in an instant. It’s soft and gelatinous to the touch but absorbs into the skin, leaving behind a nice sticky base that foundation grips onto seamlessly.

Lancôme Prep + Matte Primer

The  Prep + Matte Primer by Lancôme works wonders when it comes to evening out combination skin. This is a super creamy yet lightweight formula that also adds major hydration to any dry patches.


Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer

This smooth-to-the-touch mattifying primer by Korres is heaven if you want a lightweight finish. It glides on seamlessly during application and sits nicely underneath any tinted moisturizer or foundation, allowing your makeup to have a dewy finish without an oily appearance.


Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

The Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner is the primer that won’t just sit under your makeup — it actually works to tighten pores and improve your combo skin complexion while doing so. It helps to zap excess sebum and leaves your skin feeling fresh and ready for makeup.


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