The Best Makeup Primers Based on Your Skin Type

Whether your skin is oily, dry, combination, acne-prone or sensitive, we've tested all these products out for you, so you don't have to.

  1. 1. Oily

    If you have oily skin, wearing foundation for a prolonged period of time can be such a gamble. Will it melt off within the next hour? Will it break up by the time I meet the girls for dinner? If you have this issue as well, here are some great primers to keep your skin shine-free all day.

    Wet N' Wild Matte Mat $4.85 Target 

    Bare Minerals Prime Time $25 Sephora 

    Benefit The Porefessional $32 Sephora

  2. 2. Dry

    Flaky skin is never fun. Putting primer on your whole face, only to realize that your nose is peeling later can be really annoying. If this is your primary skin care issue, there are some great primers for your your dehydrated skin this winter season.

    Too Faced Hangover RX Primer $34 at Sephora 

    NYX Onyx Hydratouch Primer $7.49 Amazon 

    Elf Hydrating Face Primer $6 Amazon

  3. 3. Combination

    Having combination skin can be one of the most frustrating things. Is it oily or is it dry? It almost feels like your skin doesn't want to decide. Here's a few primers to help even out your combination skin.

    Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer $38 Sephora 

    Philosophy The Present – Invisible Skin Perfector and Oil-free Makeup Primer $20 Philosophy  

    L’Oreal Paris Makeup Magic Lumi Light Infusing Makeup Primer $12.95 Amazon 

  4. 4. Sensitive/Acne-Prone Skin

    Fussy and sensitive skin can be hard enough, but add makeup primers that only make it worse? Ugh, such a headache. If you have this issue too, try these out.

    NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer Base $17 Ulta

    Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment $38 Sephora

    Makeup Forever Skin Equalizer $37 Sephora 

Hope this helped, and always remember to use primer to keep your foundation strong all day!