If You Have Combination Skin, These 17 Primers Will Be Your Saving Grace


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Achieving flawless-looking makeup starts with providing a smooth and even-toned base over which all other products are applied. Makeup primers are a key component of this, lessening the appearance of fine lines, pores, and wrinkles and locking in hydration where the skin needs while keeping your makeup budge-free. Like all skin types, combination skin can definitely be affected by the products you use, as harsh, irritative ingredients can result in rough patches and further damage to the skin's barrier. With this in mind, identifying the makeup primers that keep your skin looking and feeling gorgeous can be easier said than done. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about primers straight from a makeup artist and shop some of Who What Wear's favorites.

What Are Primers?

Makeup artist Morgan Leigh shares how she uses primers when working with clients who have combination skin. "Primers are used to prep your skin, giving the perfect canvas for makeup application while adding moisture and or pore blurring, which is what some of us really need," says Leigh. For normal to combination skin, Leigh specifically applies a highlighting primer all over the face before following with a blurring primer on the areas that need some extra attention. These areas include bigger pores on the cheeks and nose, where we tend to get more oily. For Leigh, Tacha's Silk Canvas Protective Primer and Charlotte TIlbury's Wonderglow Face Primer are the must-have primers in her makeup box. Keep scrolling to learn more about these products and more!

Leigh's Favorite Primers

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Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.