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The 9 best primers for oily skin that keep shine at bay all day long

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These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk

Having oily skin can be maddening any time of year—how are you supposed to keep your makeup on when it keeps sliding off?—but that frustration increases when all oil-production hell breaks loose. Good stuff.

More: The Case for Making Peace with Sweaty, Shiny Summer Skin

The default solution to this conundrum is to say that a primer will solve all your problems, but the truth is that not all primers are created equally. The best primer for oily skin, however, can change your makeup game and keep it that way. You’ll get smoother, clearer skin, a more balanced complexion, and makeup that lasts all day long.

More: 7 Face Powders That Kill Your Shine—But Not Your Glow

Behold, the very best primers for oily skin that you’ll find anywhere.

1. Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Sephora

This luxurious mattifying powder-gel is an oily skin lifesaver, whether you wear it alone or under makeup: As a primer, its lightweight texture softens and hydrate, and plant extracts help control sebum over-production for a long-lasting matte finish. (Sephora $36)

2. bareMinerals PrimeTime™ Oil Control Foundation Primer

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Sephora

This oil-free foundation primer is formulated specifically for people with oily skin to create a silky smooth canvas from the get go. Throughout the day, it holds up to combat excess oil and absorb shine while hiding pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. (Sephora, $24)

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Smashbox

When primer pros Smashbox release a new formula, makeup lovers pay attention—and this one did not disappoint. The non-drying formula locks in makeup and absorbs oil to keep your face shine-free throughout the day. Plus, it's sweat and humidity-resistant for up to eight hours, so consider it a safe choice for summer. (Smashbox  $39)

4. Benefit The POREfessional

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Sephora

This lightweight primer quickly minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines to help makeup stay put. The super silky texture leaves skin super smooth and shine-free, and the vitamin E in the formula protects skin from damaging free radicals. (Sephora $31)

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Too Faced Cosmetics

5. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Sephora

This mineral-based, water-resistant primer—with SPF 15!—neutralizes and balances skin to minimize shine. The satin finish minimizes the appearance of pores and leaves makeup feeling fresh, and decidedly non-slippery, all day. (Sephora $52)

6. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Too Faced Cosmetics

This primer is scientifically formulated—whatever that means—to achieve the appearance of smooth, poreless skin even without makeup. Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract, and an impressive amount of retinol to conceal pores and leave skin firm and hydrated. (Too Faced Cosmetics, $30)

7. Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Perfekt Beauty

This primer wants to replace traditional foundation, primer, color corrector, and powder to enhance the appearance of your skin in one fell swoop. On top of keeping your makeup on all day, it also works to improve skin tone, help maintain hydration, and reduce the appearance of redness, discoloration, pores, fine lines, and shine. A multitasker for the ages. (Perfekt Beauty $48)

8. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: Korres

This formula is water-based, so it has a super lightweight feel that really lets skin breathe. Pomegranate extract is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps tighten pores while willow bark extract balances skin, witch hazel mattifies and keeps impurities out, and rice starch absorbs excess surface oil and softens skin. (Korres $33)

 9. BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

These primers for oily skin will keep your makeup looking fresh from dawn ’til dusk
Image: BECCA

Ever-matte, indeed: This one controls oil and keeps skin mattified and pores minimized for up to 12 hours. Think of it as a "liquid blotting paper" to keep skin matte and shine-free all day long, sans silicone, oil, alcohol, or fragrance. (BECCA $36)

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