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People will oily skin are familiar with melting makeup, especially in Singapore’s hot and humid climate. If you face this problem, choosing a primer that’s suited for oilier skin types can help make sure your makeup doesn’t budge and remain flawless-looking throughout the day.

What to look out for in a primer for oily skin?

One of the things you’d want to look out for in a primer suitable for you: silicone derivatives. Silicone provides slip and lubrication, allowing the feel of the product on the skin to be soft and smooth. Furthermore, silicone acts as a filler, thereby filling any enlarged pores and texture, while providing a blurring effect, to create a smooth canvas.

To identify silicone derivatives, look at the ingredient list; they are usually the ones with names that end with -cone (such as dimethicone and cyclomethicone). The Benefit POREfessional Primer is one of the primers that contain silicone derivatives. Another kind of primer targeted for oilier skin types is more viscous and flowy, as compared to the almost creamy texture of silicone primers.

These primers contain water (aqua) and other humectant ingredients such as glycerin. Humectants draw moisture from the surroundings to the skin, thereby providing hydration. More often than not, oily skin types are a result of insufficient hydration, which the skin then overcompensates through increased sebum production.

Such primers include the Cover FX’s Custom Blot Drops. As much as possible, avoid primers and products that contain alcohol. While alcohol provides a nice cooling and dry-touch feel, it runs the risk of sensitivity and could be drying the skin instead. Also, think twice before you pick a primer that contains oils – you definitely don’t need more of it if you want your makeup to stay.

How to choose a primer for oily skin?

So how would you know if a primer is good when you test it at the counter?

While the best measure is to get a sample and try them for a few times under regular makeup, this is not always possible especially for drugstore primers. In cases when you can’t secure a sample, we have these tips:

  • Try silicone primers on the back of your hand. Pores should look blurred and less visible. The product should feel soft, smooth, and almost powdery even.
  • As for more hydrating primers, they should make the skin feel softer, hydrated, supple, and eventually dry down to a matte finish.

We know that the search for a great primer for oily skin can be a daunting one; after all, there seem to be so many options out there. To help you out, here is a compilation of nine best face primers and three best eyeshadow primers for oily skin that have received great reviews by people who have tried them, and some of them have been tried by this writer. Go to the store to check out this list of products and find the one you love most!

Eyeshadow Primer

Besides dealing with sebum wrecking our beautiful base makeup, you may also be familiar with how pesky oil on our skin can break apart our gorgeous eyeshadow creations and knife-sharp liner. If you want to make sure your eye makeup game remains strong, invest in eyeshadow primers to help lock it in place.

Eyeshadow primers also help your eye makeup blend better, appear more vibrant, and last longer without creasing. Tried and true popular eyeshadow primers include MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (warm tone) and Painterly (cool tone) (SGD40 each), Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potions (SGD33-38), and Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer (SGD35).

MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot costs SGD40, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potions retails from SGD33 to SGD38, and Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer costs SGD35.

Other tips to help your makeup stay on for longer

Try translucent loose powder

Putting a powder before a liquid or cream products has always been a makeup faux pas. Yet famous British makeup artist Wayne Goss advocates in his YouTube video to put a light coating of powder before foundation.

After moisturising and priming, put a light coat of translucent loose powder, preferably with a damp beauty sponge – any kind of your choice – to help absorb any excess oil before applying foundation over top. This technique has found devotees such as YouTube beauty influencer KathleenLights and Jackie Aina.

We personally have done this technique and it does help delay the oils from flooding through. Popular translucent loose powders include Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (SGD70) and Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder (SGD49).

Setting spray helps too

Here’s a hack that this writer swears by: use a oil-control setting spray to prime your face before the application of foundation. This is how you do it: apply your favourite primer, spritz on the setting spray. Once it dries and sets, apply foundation. Then, set the foundation with powder before another layer of setting spray to remove the powdery look.

It’ll also control oil for the rest of the day. For people with combination skin and or have problems with makeup lasting on the face, you can try setting sprays like the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray (SGD48) and Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray retails for SGD45, both available at Sephora.