If you ask anyone about their favorite makeup product, they probably wouldn't say primer. After all, it's kind of boring and not as fun as lipsticks, blushes, or eyeshadows. But, this underdog is actually important because it acts like a glue that helps keep your ~lewk~ intact all day. It also creates a smooth canvas for you to work with. Plus, with the right formula, you can target your skin concern—whether you're in need of radiance, oil-control, or smoothening.
Today, we will be focusing on ~*mattifying*~ primers. Living in the Philippines, our makeup is always in danger of sliding and moving around due to the perpetually hot weather. This problem is greatly magnified if you have an oily complexion. Thankfully, with the help of a good base, your MOTD will stay in place all day with minimal damage.
Below, we have listed down the best primers that will keep you so matte, you won't need to reach for oil blotting papers!
Maybelline Master Prime Mattifying Primer
This primer from Maybelline will blur your pores while keeping the shine at bay. It will create a flawless base so the rest of your makeup will apply smoothly.
Maybelline Master Prime Mattifying Primer, P449, Lazada
Cloud Cosmetics Baby Pores Day Cream
This primer from Cloud Cosmetics has an ~*interesting*~ formula: It applies as a cream and transforms into a fine powder with a silky matte finish. It has oil control properties and is infused with SPF 30 to protect your skin. It can also blur your pores and imperfections, leaving you with a smooth base.
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Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer
If you glance at pictures of your favorite Korean idols, you will notice that their face is virtually flawless and oil-free. You can score the same soft-focus effect by using the Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer. It hides imperfections and minimizes the appearance of pores, bumps, and fine lines with the help of Jeju persimmon and Green Complex. It will also control excess sebum—bye, greasy mess!
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Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer
If you're obsessed with Too Faced's Sweet Peach collection, their primer certainly is worth mentioning. It has a refreshing cooling sensation when applied to the skin (a great pick-me-up for lazy mornings!) and delivers a matte, soft-focus finish that will last for up to 16 hours.
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Banila Co Prime Primer Matte
Trust the Banila Co Prime Primer Matte to keep the shine at bay! Best suited for oily skin, it will reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and improve your makeup's staying power. It dries down to a weightless, comfortable finish.
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Happy Skin Matte About You Primer
This mattifying primer from Happy Skin has a lightweight formula that doesn't feel heavy or greasy. It keeps your complexion oil-free without looking dry and flat. It's infused with kaolin clay to remove excess sebum and aloe vera to nourish and hydrate the skin. Don't be fooled by its size—a little goes a long way!
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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Mattifying Primer
This mattifying primer from Fenty Beauty works best for oily and combination skin types. It's made with a unique blend of Blue Agave extract and blurring powders that will smoothen your pores and keep your T-zone shine-free the *entire* day. A little goes a long way with this one—just apply a tiny dot on areas like your forehead, cheeks, and chin.
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Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer
If you've been watching YouTube videos of makeup gurus for a long time, you would know that Smashbox is their ride-or-die choice for primers and it's not hard to see why. It controls oil and shine, plus it's infused with ingredients like witch hazel, salicylic acid, and zinc that are beneficial for blemish-prone skin.
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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
This has been a fan favorite for so many years now and it's not hard to see why! This lightweight balm minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, thus creating a smooth canvas. It also delivers a shine-free finish that lasts the entire day.
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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer
This skin-perfecting primer works to reduce the appearance of pores, uneven texture, fine lines, and wrinkles due to its revolutionary formula developed by plastic surgeons. Infused with ingredients like Moroccan lava clay, charcoal, papaya fruit extract, and hydrolyzed collagen, this product effortlessly glides on to the skin and dries down to a weightless ~*matte*~ finish.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer, P2,560, SephoraContinue reading below ↓
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