Primers for Combination Skin, According to Makeup Artists

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

"It's an oil-free primer with a silky finish that minimizes the appearance of pores, fine wrinkles, and redness. It repels water to help your makeup stay longer," says makeup artist Daniela Gozlan. The primer also helps your foundation glide on with ease and has SPF 15, making it an especially helpful beauty must-have for the summer season.

"I love this brand, and especially this product in particular. It takes the shine away, and your pores actually appear smaller," says Gozlan. "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."

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"If we're not being too technical, this Glossier moisturizer, while not exclusively billed as a primer is great under makeup. I love using it through the T-zone and patting the rich version over drier areas that tend to be on the perimeter of the face. Both dry down to a beautiful soft matte finish," explains Suzy Gerstein, makeup artist to actress Christine Taylor.

"This isn't technically a primer, but I think it's 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 moisturizer that works as a primer," says Glamsquad's artistic director, Kelli Bartlett.

"This is really amazing for people with large, oily pores, as it has the most divine silky finish. Use an Artis Elite Mirror Oval 6 Brush ($60) to smooth over the T-zone and over the center and apple of your cheeks," says Bartlett.

"Primers are problem solvers, and generally, I like to cocktail them. Mix Make Up For Ever's Hydrating ($37) and Mattifying ($37) primers to really tailor the finish based on the oil and moisture balance of your skin. This concoction is best for extreme combination skin," explains Bartlett.

"This is a must-have in my kit! This clear, oil-absorbing formula leaves the skin smooth, matte, and velvety," says Gozlan. "It's packed with vitamins, antioxidants, aloe vera, and emollients, so it helps to leave the skin looking flawless all day while allowing the makeup stay way longer on the skin,"

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