If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you might know about my love/hate relationship with face primers. I can’t tell you how many primers have made my skin scream in pain, but if you’ve ever experienced an angry breakout thanks to pore-clogging primers, then you probably know exactly what I mean. For years, I struggled to find a good face primer and now, thanks to years of trial and error, I’ve come up with a simple list of the best face primers for acne prone skin. These are also suitable for reactive, sensitive and normal skin types, too, but those of us with troubled skin will be able to use these without worry – FINALLY.
The Best Face Primers for Acne Prone Skin
The Smooth Affair Eye Primers from Jane Iredale are a new addition to my collection. They function as both cream eye shadows and eye primers and are available in a number of colors. You can get flesh toned colors, gold, pink, and even a shimmery bronze color so they’re super easy to customize. They go on super smooth, don’t give me milia (little breakouts around the eyes), and help my eye shadows last hours longer than without one!
My oily eyelids will rub eye shadows off within 1-2 hours (one hour on a super hot day) so using these has helped my eye makeup last much longer. I’m not a huge fan of the gold or pink colors, but I love Naked and Canvas and Iced Brown is great as a base for smoky eye makeup looks.
The Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Face Primers were the first 100% natural face primers I ever used that didn’t break my skin out. I discovered the Smooth Affair Primer and Brightener many years ago after they discontinued the only primer that ever worked for me. Thankfully, the Smooth Affair Primers are the best face primers ever!
Chock full of organic plant ingredients like brightening apple, grapefruit, and white tea, hydrating aloe juice, and other organic plant oils and essences for skin healing and rejuvenation. What I love about these primers is how smooth they apply. At the same time, they’re very light on the skin, don’t clog my pores, give makeup a wonderful finish, and smell like delicious grapefruit! They’re definitely my personal favorite from this list (Graydon is second – scroll down for my thoughts on Graydon!)
This Studio78 Face Primer is a wonderful face primer if you’re looking for a more luminous makeup look. It primes skin for makeup, smells really nice, and gives a luminous finish. It’s great if you want something that will give your makeup a more dewy/glowing look without looking like a beacon of shiny light.
The formula is a light cream that includes golden mica (for a subtle glow under your foundation that creates that “lit from within” angel look), naturally toning organic clary sage, and soothing organic chamomile. It also includes organic sunflower and sweet almond oil to hydrate, smooth, and heal skin while you wear it. I use this primer during the cooler months when I want a fresh-faced makeup finish and it works like a charm.
The Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector is a stick primer that comes in a number of luminous shades to suit various skin tones and desired makeup finishes. The stick form is much creamier than others so I only recommend using this one during the winter or if you have skin that’s on the dry side, otherwise it may be too heavy.
It won’t break your skin out and it help give a lovely luminous finish to makeup looks that’s really healthy and glowing. The only thing I don’t like is the stick applicator as this can be somewhat inconvenient to apply. That said, it’s genius for traveling, as are all the Vapour Beauty products, and is made with organic ingredients using wind and solar energy. How’s that for eco-friendly?
When my skin is feeling particularly dry or if I want a very dewy finish, I sometimes use organic face oils to prime my skin instead of a typical primer. This isn’t the best technique to use if you’re trying to get your makeup to last longer, but it does give a beautiful “your skin, but better” kind of finish that I really enjoy. If you’re using Gressa Skin’s Serum Corrective Foundation, this technique works exceptionally well at creating a seamless, flawless finish.
The Graydon Face Glow Sun Cream + Primer is amazing for a number of reasons. For one, it’s brilliant at setting to a satin-matte finish which makes it perfect for oily to combination skin types. For another, it’s formula is filled with potent plant oils and extracts to keep skin calm, hydrated, and happy during use.
It’s one of the most balancing creams I’ve ever used. It’s perfect for hot summer days and if that’s not enough, it combines natural sun protection (with non-nano zinc oxide) with a light glowing tint that’s perfect for adding a bit more color to your skin. Alternatively, it’s also a brilliant sun cream if you happen to have a darker complexion because it has NO white cast (like AT ALL).
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