The Best Primers for Combination Skin, According to a Makeup Artist
Combination skin is pretty hard to understand compared to the less-complicated skincare and makeup advice given to people with dry or oily skin. My cheeks are dry and need hydration, but my T-zone is constantly oily. How am I to apply makeup properly to yield dew in all the right places and a matte complexion everywhere else?
I posed that very question to a few top makeup artists in the business, and they had a lot of advice. Below, find their recommendations for the best makeup primers for combination skin and see which one will work for you.
Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner ( $37 ) ($22)
"I love this brand, and especially this product in particular," says Gozlan. It takes the shine away, and your pores actually appear smaller. It's a must-have for combination skin as an overall primer—makeup no longer appears clogged or goopy as it evens out the texture of your skin. It creates a canvas that looks smooth all over."
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream ($39)
"This isn't technically a primer, but I think its the absolute best way to prime skin before makeup. I love this cream because it's both hydrating and balancing and gives skin a beautiful, smooth finish. It's my go-to for all skin types all year round. It's really a kitchen sink moisturiser that works as a primer," says Glamsquad's director of artistry and education, Kelli Bartlett.
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer ($58)
"Primers are problem solvers, and generally I like to cocktail them. Mix Make Up For Ever's Hydrating and Mattifying primers to really tailor the finish based on the oil and moisture balance of your skin. If you are very oily or extremely dry, this concoction is best for extreme combination skin," explains Bartlett.