Face primer is an essential part of any good beauty regimen. It can fill in fine lines, even out the complexion and prolong the life of your foundation and other make-up by keeping it in place and looking fresh for longer. In some cases, if refrigerated, it can even have a cooling effect, thereby reducing redness and puffiness.

In the case of those who have oily skin it is a particularly essential tool, as it creates a good, matte canvas on which to blend your makeup, where otherwise the natural oil in the skin would cause foundation to fade in the course of the day. Since people with oily skin generally have enlarged pores,
primers formulated for this skin type often include silicone in their ingredients as this fills pores and creates the desired airbrushed effect. The drawback of this is that this can lead to a tight, mask-like feeling and in some cases some itchiness.

Another point to consider is that since oily complexions are the most likely to suffer from breakouts, light formulas and those that incorporate a mild anti -bacterial agent may be beneficial.

The following are the top 10 Best Face Primer for Oily Skin 2012. These do not give that mask-like sensation or itchiness, and are available on the market currently:

Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube

Although this is not acknowledged as a primer, it works perfectly as one. It has a lightweight gel formula and keeps oil at bay for hours. It is colourless so works with all skins and may even be used on top of makeup for touch-ups throughout the day.

Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion

This is the brand’s official face primer and it is highly recommended. It contains silicone so smoothes the appearance of oversized pores significantly. This velvety, paraben-free formula creates flawless airbrushed skin and ensures makeup won’t fade away.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Goes on light and fresh but is highly effective at filling pores and giving a perfectly matte finish while also evening out skin tone. It can be worn under bronzers and foundation powders but will also give the look and feel of flawless skin when worn alone. It contains retinol, vitamins A and C, and mulberry extract so skin is left hydrated and firmer.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

This fills pores and even smoothes out finer lines while also creating the perfect canvas for foundation. It melts into the skin, leaving it looking younger and fresher in an instant. Like everything else in its range it also gives the sensation of nourishing the skin while it works its magic.

Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup

With light anti-bacterial agents, this one multi-tasks by giving an impeccable complexion while also fighting breakouts. Oil free moisturising agents keep skin hydrated but keep contaminants at bay.

List of next five brands for face primers

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer
Paula Dorf Perfect Primer
bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
Benefit The Porefessional
Mac Prep and Prime Skin