5 Best Oil Absorbing Makeup Primers For Oily Skin

As an oily-skinned lady one of the products I need in my makeup bag is a facial primer. Especially one that helps with oil absorption so I can be less shiny throughout the day.

Finding the right primer can be a game-changer for black women with oily skin. Not only do makeup primers help control oil and shine but they also create a smooth canvas for foundations and powders and enhance the longevity of makeup.

I use a makeup primer every single time I apply any foundations or powders on my face. I also will wear makeup primers on the days I don’t wear makeup to help with oil control. I’ve noticed I get shiny and look a mess in pictures when I don’t use a primer.
applying makeup primer to oily skin.
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The types of primers that I prefer are mattifying and oil-free. When looking for a makeup primer for oily skin mattifying and oil-free are two good things to look for because if it’s mattifying it’s formulated to control shine throughout the day and keep excess oil at bay. Oil-free means that it contains no oils that will clog pores and exacerbate oiliness.

There are some other characteristics you can look for in an oily skin makeup primer but don’t freak out if you can’t find all of them in one primer. I haven’t found any primer that has everything which is one I picked one or two characteristics that were important to me.

Those other characteristics to look for are the primer
  • Is water-based making it lighter and less likely to contribute to excess oil production.
  • Is silicone-based which creates a smooth surface helping control shine. I will say that those with sensitive skin may want to stay away from silicone-heavy primers as they could irritate the skin.
  • Has long-lasting properties to ensure that your makeup stays in place throughout the day even on oily skin.
  • Is pore-filling to minimize the appearance of pores.
  • Has some hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to balance moisture levels.

If you’re looking for a good makeup primer here are 5 that are good options for oily skin and each has one or more of the above characteristics.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Mattifying Primer

This is a makeup primer that kinda claims to visually even skin tone and texture, absorb shine, and mattify the skin.

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer is a lightweight formula that is oil-free and long-lasting helping to extend the wear of makeup.

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NYX Professional Makeup Shine Killer Primer

One ingredient that helps with absorbing shine is charcoal and this makeup primer is infused with it. That also helps with making this primer mattifying giving the skin a matte finish.

This NYX primer is oil-free and lightweight which makes it a primer that can be used by those with acne-prone skin.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Control Mattifying Primer

This makeup primer from Smashbox glides on smoothly to blur imperfections, minimize pores, keep excess oil in check, and create a matte finish. Additionally, this primer creates a barrier against damage from environmental aggressors like pollution and blue light.

The Smashbox Photo Finish Control Mattifying Primer also has some skin-benefiting ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Probiotic Extract, Vitamins, Witch Hazel, and Salicylic Acid.

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Milani No Pore Zone Mattifying Face Primer

This is a lightweight, silky, ultra-blurring, and pore-minimizing primer that preps skin for flawless makeup application. It gives all skin tones a matte finish.

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Tarte Poreless Mattifying Face Makeup Primer

Not only does this face primer have really pretty packaging, but it also has a pretty interesting ingredient list
  • Avocado is a natural oil rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E and known for its skin-soothing properties
  • T5 super fruit complex Tarte’s proprietary blend of the five most active antioxidant-rich superfruits (maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola & pomegranate) to deliver nourishing & replenishing benefits to skin
  • Echinacea root, hibiscus flower & rosemary leaf extracts are rich in antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals & improve skin tone & elasticity while diffusing imperfections
  • Safflower seed is an emollient with beneficial fatty acids to help hydrate dry skin
All of those ingredients along with others work together to create a makeup primer that is waterproof, mattifying, and smoothing. The silky gel formula creates a shine-free matte canvas for 12-hour wear.

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If you’re not sure which makeup primer could work for you check out written and video reviews. Once you’ve found a primer or two you’d like to try you can get some samples if they are offered at places like Sephora. You can use the samples to do a patch test to ensure compatibility with your skin.

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