Your cheeks might be dry and your t-zone may be shiny, but if there’s only one thing that’s definite, it’s the fact that you have combination skin. Speaking from experience, I know you may have floated the idea of using a makeup primer, but have you really found the right one yet? Let’s find out…
#1 The Best Primer With SPF
A primer with SPF for combination skin is a regular request we get here at Escentual and my all-time favourite has to be the Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear makeup base. Why? Not only is it perfect for oily patches and dehydrated areas, but thanks to its super, non-slippery texture it’s also incredible at keeping your makeup in place all day long.
#2 The Best Primer To Wear Alone
Our choice: Clarins SOS Primer in Peach
Don’t be scared of its peach undertone, this brightening face primer adds a natural and healthy look to combination skin, helping to combat any dull areas by the powers of colour correction. A skincare/primer hybrid, this glowy base will keep dry areas hydrated for up to 24 hours, whilst balancing the tone and texture of other areas of your skin. This primer is the best option to wear without makeup as its neutralising colour gives your complexion a subtle lift that’s perfect for ‘no makeup’ makeup days.
#3 The Best Primer For Radiance
Our choice: Benefit The POREfessional Pearl Primer
When it comes to adding radiance to the skin, Benefit’s POREfessional Pearl Primer does it without creating a high shine, shimmery finish. This is a real fan favourite as it blurs away pores whilst making your skin look awakened. Once blended, the baby pink undertone of the Pearl Primer is surprisingly universal and will work perfectly for anyone who has combination skin and wants their skin to glow for all the right reasons.
#4 The Best Primer To Smooth Pores
Our choice: DHC Clarifying Pore Cover Base
If pores and oil are your biggest problem, the Pore Cover Base will be your perfect primer match. Its powdery gel glides over skin, creating a soft, silky base for your foundation, whilst smoothing over any roughness or irregular texture. What I love about this primer is the fact it’s infused with zinc. So all day long, whilst you’re wearing your makeup, you’ll know your makeup base is working overtime to purify your skin and keep your T-zone shine-free.
#5 The Best Primer Without Silicone
Our choice: REN Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum
One of my favourite textures in the roundup, the Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum is the best option for anyone looking for a silicone-free primer with a matte finish. Comforting and soft, its water-like texture leaves a lightweight tackiness to your skin (in a good way), gripping on to any makeup applied over the top without pilling or looking cakey – I love it!
#6 The Best Primer For Dry Patches
If those dry patches are your main concern right now, you’ll love the freshness of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Hydrating Primer. More of a gel than a cream, it’s perfect for combination skin types as it won’t overburden your oily areas with heavy or sticky textures. It’s pretty thin, but also pretty powerful. A bonus of the Hydrating Primer is its ability to sink straight in, giving you more time in the morning to do whatever you please!