17 Makeup Primers That Are Perfect for Combination Skin

November 29, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
7 Face Primers for Combination Skin That Will Forever Change How Your Makeup Wears

It’s no secret that combination skin can make makeup application a challenge. Some days, your skin might be so oily that your makeup slides right off. Other days, your complexion can be so dry that your makeup looks flaky. Luckily, both of those issues can be resolved with the help of the right makeup primer

What Is a Makeup Primer?

Makeup primer comes in all types of consistencies and forms, from liquids to gels and even lightweight creams. It is the bridge between your skincare and makeup routine, and it is the first product you apply before foundation, CC cream or other face makeup.

What Does a Makeup Primer Do?

Makeup primers help keep your skin looking smooth and silky under makeup. Primers also help base makeup last longer by preventing the products from smudging, creasing or flaking, and can even help reduce shine throughout the day, too. 

How to Apply Primer If You Have Combination Skin

Combination skin types will benefit most from primers that can help target excess oil throughout the day — for example, mattifying or gel primers. Combination skin types should also consider primers with BHAs like salicylic acid and humectants like hyaluronic acid to help minimize the appearance of pores in oily areas while still keeping dry areas moisturized. 

After applying SPF, apply three drops of primer (one on each cheek and one on the center of the forehead) to your face and blend in with your fingers or a beauty sponge. Then, apply your  foundation, concealer or CC cream.

Best Primers for Combination Skin

Ahead, find 17 long-lasting makeup primers that simultaneously combat flakes and shine so your look will stay intact.
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