with the approach and arrival of summer comes our skin and hair’s arch enemy – humidity – and that humidity can get a little overwhelming depending on what part of the states or world you are in. nothing will wreak havoc quicker on a perfectly put together face more than a wet slick of oil and sweat than a high dew point. to avoid summer skin breakdown, we set out to up our oily skin fighting skills and found some of the best primers for summer.
there are so many primers available it’s hard to decide what to use. walk into any drugstore and you’ve got at least 5-10 options! let us not even get started on sephora. what do you choose and what works great on dry skin or mature skin? we wanted to know too, so we did some of the grunt work for you. from a sunny day at the beach, an evening with the girls and a night (or two, or five-ish) on the dance floor, these are the primers that lasted throughout the day, looked the most natural and came out on top.
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
Too Faced ‘Primed & Poreless’ Skin Smoothing Face Primer
this primer is a beast is works on every, single skin type. it once left many women of color ashy because it came in a one-size-does-not-fit-all flesh tone which caused many women to skip over this gem but has since been revamped to go on clear (thank goodness they got the memo!). the finish is velvety and if you are silicone friendly this works well even for those with sensitive skin. if you are out and about beauty shopping and can’t remember to pick up anything else, go for this primer.
FOR NORMAL OR DRY SKIN
Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer
we love, love, love this primer and radiate your skin it does. talk about instant, sexy, dewy glow. laura mercier has it in the bag. but are you even surprised? instead of rehashing why we love it so much, just check out our Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer review as well as our tip for how girls with oily skin can get the most of this primer as well.
Nars Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15
can you say “luminous”? can you say, “i glow in my sleep” sheen? that’s what this nars primer does. lucky gals with normal and skin on the drier end of the spectrum are going to love the light-reflecting properties (think peachy golden) and the sunscreen protection that’s built into this primer. pores and fine lines be gone with this oil-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free magic in a little black tube. no really, it’s that serious.
Tom Ford Illuminating Primer is another great option which is perfect when you want to splurge a little.
FOR COMBINATION SKIN
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
unlike many traditional primers, the first thing that stands out about this primer is that it’s silicone, gluten and fragrance free. it still leaves that satiny, matte finish we all love of primers but goes on a little drier than average which is great for t-zone troubles. also water-resistant, you can wear this to the beach if you like a little makeup on as you swim – if you get down like that. and speaking of swimming, it’s formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical-based sun-blocking agents.
FOR OILY SKIN
Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
have you ever had a primer make it thorough a workout? how about a sweaty night at the club with your girlfriends? this primer did just that. after application this primer stuck to our faces like predator to alien and it didn’t let go until we washed it off. now that’s what we are talking about! this primer formula is sweat- and humidity-resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance and works like a charm if you just happen to need a touch up on top of your makeup. oil be gone! poof!
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Primer
between this, and the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector we almost had it at a tie but we have to give it to occ. a combination moisturizer and primer, this is an oily girl’s dream. no need to hope that your primer can bear your moisturizer from breaking through because this is an all-on-one. reason we love it number one. reason we love it number two? could it be the chamomile extract for sensitive skin or the fact that it goes on like butta and lasted through a day that started with shopping at an outside complex, dinner with girlfriends, and a night of dancing. yep, that may be it.
FOR MATURE SKIN
Peter Thomas Roth Instant UnWrinkle Primer
the ptr brand is known for quality (hello, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads!) which is why we can recommend the un-wrinkle line without hesitation. this primer is has 100% anti-aging peptides and neuropeptides, ingredients that help to keep your skin looking younger the more you use it. a primer and a anti-aging treatment in one – what’s not to love?
Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen
anthelios is a personal sunscreen brand favorite of mine. never mind the cute european-esque bottle of their regular sunscreen, this brand really works. the anti-aging primer from the brand is a very unique blend of light-reflecting particles which helps to create that beauty mattified, blurred effect that looks wonderful on mature skin, but without settling into fine lines which of course makes skin look younger and more vibrant. because it evens tones, reduces oil and has built in sunscreen, this primer is really great for oily mature skin as well.
ORGANIC/ALL NATURAL PRIMERS
100% Pure Luminous Primer Vitamins + Antioxidants with Resveratrol
finding an organic primer that works well and lasts was tough but 100 percent came out on top as a great option for women with normal to lightly oily skin. formulated with rice starch and aloe it also serves as a sunscreen with ingredients like resveratrol and vitamins. this primer goes on wet which threw us but quickly dried into a beautiful sheen that is like silk when applying your makeup – our brushes glided over our skin.
Amala Purifying Mattifier
this is a powerful all natural primer. it’s also chock full of skin-clearing, anti-oxidant ingredients like blue egyptian water lily flower extract, algae and lactic acid. this primer is great for those who get oily quickly and women with large pores. a tiny bit works all day long and it does not settle into lines or get cake-y or ashy. you can say bu-bye! to all of that with this gem. this primer is a really good choice for all skin types including mature skin.
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