Contrary to the popular belief that those of us with oily or combination skin types (raising my hand) should avoid facial oil and any skincare or makeup that contains it is, for the most part, a downright myth. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions to this “rule,” but largely, if you opt for the right type of oil suited for your skin type, it shouldn’t clog your pores, leave you feeling like an oil slick, or prompt breakouts.
Oil primers are the latest iteration to hit the makeup-prepping beauty category and for good reason. While many blurring and pore-filling primers leave your skin feeling velvety smooth, they tend to do very little for your actual skin—in fact, they can even trigger a blackhead flare-up. Oil primers, on the other hand, are excellent for prepping the skin before applying your foundation, concealer, and other complexion products because they give you a solid dose of hydration and bestows your blank canvas with a nice slip to work with.
If you’re into a more glowy, skin-like effect, oil primers are also great because they give the skin a super subtle, healthy-looking shine without leaving you extra dewy or oily. Of course, depending on your finish preference, you always add more or less of the oil to achieve the desired result. Ahead, we’ve lined up some of our favorite oil primers for a radiant glow without all of the grease.
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