These are my favorite primers to use that I know will keep my makeup on all day while also keeping the oil and shine to a minimum. A couple of these options are unconventional products that are not advertised as makeup primers, but they still work great!
Glycerin is the key ingredient in any makeup primer, so having it in its purest form is the best way to prime your face for makeup. I mix a couple of drops in with my daily moisturizer and apply that to my skin before applying my makeup. It will get extremely tacky, which is a good thing because then you know your makeup will really stick to your skin. Glycerin is great for oily skin in general because it really controls oils while moisturizing the skin at the same time (without causing greasiness or extra shine). I got this Now Solutions 100% Vegetable Glycerin on Amazon for about $6.
Nivea Men Post Shave Balm
Y’all are probably sick of hearing about this stuff but it really is a great primer for oily skin because again, glycerin is one of the main ingredients. It will moisturize the skin as well and lock makeup into place.
Monistat Chafing Relief Gel
I have also talked about this odd priming product in a previous blog post, but again, it is a near perfect dupe for the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. It has all the same ingredients and is way cheaper! It might seem a little strange to put chafing gel on your face, but it works like a charm and wont break you out (unless the Smashbox primer does). It has that typical silicone gel texture that glides over skin and smooths out any large pores.
Makeup Forever Step 1 Matte Primer
THIS STUFF WILL KEEP YOU MATTE ALL DAY! I feel that no matter how oily your skin is, this will be your best friend. It works so well that you almost need to be careful using it and only use it on the places that you get oily. If you apply this onto dryer areas, it might ball up under your foundation, so I recommend focusing this mainly on your T-Zone. This primer stands up against oily skin the best, in my opinion.
**Sephora hint: If you purchase two of the 0.5 oz tubes for $17 each instead of just buying one 1.0 oz tube for $38, it ends up being a few dollars cheaper and they are more travel friendly! **
100% Aloe Vera Gel
I have mentioned this product as a great primer in a previous post as well. Ale Vera gel is a great primer because makeup sticks to it very well and it will glide over skin, filling in any large pores. Aloe also has anti-inflammatory properties, so this is great for irritated skin that is prone to acne and inflammation. Just make sure that you are purchasing no color added, 100% aloe gel.
Murad Oil Control Mattifier
Last but not least, this Murad product works as a great primer for oily skin! It is not marketed as a primer, but it basically is. It is a thicker consistency and feels more like a moisturizer/ sunscreen (it does have SPF 15), but it is tacky and does a great job of controlling oily skin. I love this stuff and I do not think I can live without it!
** Another oily skin tip- remember to always wear a facial sunscreen under your primer and makeup or on no makeup days! This is extremely important and will also help with oily skin. **
I hope this post was helpful! All of these products can be used under makeup or on those no makeup days when you still want to keep your oily skin under control.