Best Pore Minimising Primers
When it comes to makeup, some of us wouldn’t even consider stepping outside without our full face done, others only wear it for special occasions. Whatever your preference, when the time arrives to apply, we all want a flawless base to start off with. So, if you haven’t been blessed with the barely there pores of a newborn baby, take a look at our list of the top 14 best primers for large pores and oily skin to get that smooth, velvety skin you’ve always dreamed of!
1Maybelline New York – Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
This adorably named primer can be used as a base for your makeup or simply to create smoother looking skin when you’re going makeup free for the day! This primer creates a lovely matte finish that’s not in any way trying to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s also very affordable in comparison to a number of other primers that do the same job for a lot more money.
2Benefit – The POREfessional
This lightweight balm is oil free so it’s great for those with especially oily pores as you’re not adding any more moisture to your skin by applying this primer. You’ll only need a thin layer to make your pores appear smaller and to smooth out your skin along with any fine lines. This particular primer can be applied over or under your makeup so those with particularly large pores can reapply even after makeup application, should you need a little top up later on in the day. It also contains vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant to protect our skin cells against free radicals (unstable atoms that form as our bodies convert out food into energy causing cell damage, aiding the aging process). All in all, this is a perfect little primer for an excellent price!
3L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Primer Shots
L’Oreal Paris have developed a line of five primer shots that tackle different skin types and improve the appearance and smoothness. For those with oily skin there’s the amazing, mattifying primer which comes in a black tube. It cleverly absorbs excess oil so that once it’s applied under your makeup it’ll will prevent any unwanted shine throughout the day. For those with large pores, opt for the pink tube which contains the pore-refining primer. This formula is silky to the touch and works to blur out your pores and mattify your skin for a level finish, ready for makeup application.
4BareMinerals – Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
Not only does this handy little primer contain SPF 30 to protect your skin from sun damage, it also combats against excess oil and reduces the appearance of oversized pores. This is a great option for those going on holiday, the weather will be warmer (hopefully), and it’s likely you’ll be wearing less makeup than you would back home. As this primer is a BB cream, not only will it balance signs of too much oil and expanding pores from the heat, you’ll also get some coverage without the need for foundation. The Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer comes in light and mediums shades.
5Collection – Powered by Witch, Mattifying Pore Minimiser
Collection’s very reasonably priced primer is made to minimize your pores with the added benefit of witch hazel. This natural astringent is extracted from the bark and leaves of the Witch Hazel flower which cleanses and soothes the skin, naturally helping to improve the appearance of blemishes. Applying the primer before putting on your makeup will significantly improve the appearance of open pores, making your skin appear smoother and blemish free.
6Lancôme – La Base Pro Pore Eraser Primer
With an oil-free formula, this ultra-lightweight primer cleverly reflects light off of the skin to conceal the appearance of deep pores. The super light texture makes it easy and comfortable to wear all day long as it doesn’t feel heavy or like it’s weighing on your skin at all. It also has improved it’s staying power so it lasts for much longer. This ensures that your pores are hidden and your makeup stays in place all day long without the need for re-application.
7No7 – Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer
This clever primer creates an effective shield that prevents your face appearing shiny so it’s perfect for those with a, particularly oily complexion. It’s a great travel size product which is ideal for taking on trips away or slipping into your handbag for use at any time you need a top up. The overall smooth finish from this primer minimizes the appearance of pores making your skin appear airbrushed and velvety smooth without looking shiny. Perfect for those occasions when you know you’ll be photographed and want to achieve that pre-airbrushed look.
8NYX – Professional Makeup – Pore Filler Primer
NYX’s oil and talc free formula means your skin won’t feel overly greasy and also won’t be dried out, just somewhere perfectly in between! Creating the perfect base for your makeup by effectively filling in your pores this primer also has vitamin E to smooth and enhance your skin’s natural dewy appearance with causing it to look oily. Perfect for wearing directly under your makeup or just to enhance your skin’s smooth appearance before applying BB cream or foundation for a lighter looking finish.
9Too Faced – Primed And Poreless Skin Soothing Face Primer
There are many reasons to love the Too Faced Primed and Poreless primer, besides the adorable pink packaging! This scientifically formulated primer was designed to wear under powder based makeup such as bronzer, blush or finishing powder to create a supremely even “photo finish”. It can also be used without any other makeup to give your naked face a nice, even tone when you don’t want to wear anything else. It includes vitamin A and C to revitalize and refresh, allowing your skin to appear firmer and hydrated without looking shiny or oily. The perfect skin preparation for applying your favorite bronzer to in the summer, the powder should glide over and remain perfectly in place without sticking or absorbing into your skin.
10Make Up For Ever – Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer
Specifically designed to smooth out uneven skin, the Makeup For Ever primer fills in your open pores and blurs them out along with any other imperfections for a flawless, silky appearance. The formula has a satin-like texture but is oil free so it’s perfect for those who also have oily skin. You will need only a small amount of this primer to cover your entire face as its silky texture glides on easily and evenly. Perfect for use with a foundation brush or your fingertips. Adding a thin, second skin effect means that your makeup sits a lot more evenly on your face and stays in place all day without the need for re-application. This primer is also slightly tinted so can most definitely be worn on its own if you don’t wish to wear makeup.
11Bourjois Paris – Blur The Lines Primer
You could argue that the clue as to this primers main strength is in the title, and yes, it does a wonderful job of blurring out your unwanted large pores. However, it offers so much more than that! The Bourjois formula is incredibly lightweight and unlike some other pore fillers it doesn’t feel like it’s blocking them, it simply smooths them over, creating a beautiful natural matte finish. Your skin feels as though it can breathe through the lightweight texture but it doesn’t compromise on shine control. For the amazingly low price, this primer really does have it all. Plus we adore the rarely seen round packaging for this primer!
12NARS – Pore And Shine Control Primer
NARS pore and shine control do exactly what it says on the tin…or tube. It significantly diminishes the look of large pores and effectively smoothes them out ready for the application of your makeup. The silky, matte finish, however, is not the only reason this product is such a standout. It also contains African whitewood which suppresses the production of oil meaning this primer is a perfect choice for those with overly oily, shiny skin. Applying this before makeup or even if you’re not wearing any will really reduce the appearance of shine making your skin look an even matte tone.
133CE – Stylenanda Back To Baby Pore Velvet Primer
When you have oily skin, understandably all you can think of is how to mattify at any cost! However, in your quest to suppress the oil, make sure you choose a primer that doesn’t dry your skin out. Choose one that has a formula designed to balance out the oily properties and still leave your skin smooth and dewy. The 3CE Back To Baby primer is a great choice for you! It cleverly eliminates the excess oil on your skin but leaves behind a perfectly smooth, soft texture reminiscent of your long forgotten infant complexion.
14Estee Lauder – The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer And Finisher
This tried and tested primer gives your skin a beautiful, healthy-looking glow by controlling shine and producing a soft, silky finish. Again this can be used underneath makeup or on its own for a fresh-faced look. You can re-apply if necessary and this primer won’t clog your pores or appear uneven, it simply glides over your pores and stays in place reducing their visibility. You can even use this after makeup application to set your makeup in place for all day wear!