5 Primers to Keep You Matte & Fab This Summer

Summer is officially in full steam and as the humidity increases, we’ve got a trick or five for you to keep your face looking matte. Whether you decide to use these products as primers for your makeup or simply to keep your bare face from glistening like a disco ball, the choice is up to you!

(1) Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector


As a personal user of this product, I can vouch for the ever-matte claim of this product. Make sure you only use a little bit because a little goes a long way. The product may seem a bit tacky and so it is better to dab and pat into the skin than to rub into the skin. Also beware that excessive application of this primer will yield a white cast.

(2) Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer


As a close rival to the Becca primer, Makeup Forever’s Step 1 Primer is perfect for keeping your face matte. It has the same formula as the Becca primer but make sure you don’t get confused with the other colors. For example, the primer comes in different options that you can purchase like “radiant primer – pink”, “radiant primer – blue”, “radiant primer – yellow”. These primers are also classified in “Step 1” but they do not offer the mattifying effect that we seek. So, make sure you choose the “matte finish” when purchasing or sampling!

(3) Kiko Matte Base Face


Kiko’s Matte Base Face used to be a perfect dupe for the Becca Ever-Matte primer, but with the launch of their new formula, Kiko’s primer offers magnifying properties that is not as strong as Makeup Forever or Becca’s. Thus, this product is great for those with dry skin who tend to get oily in specific areas because the product won’t dry out your skin as the Becca or Makeup Forever primers might.

(4) NYX Pore Filler


As the only product on our list without “matte” in its name, NYX’s Pore Filler may not be top on your list of magnifying primers, but don’t pass over this hidden gem! This primer is both an excellent pore filler and a fantastic mattifyant. Like with most primers on our list, the trick is to use less product. Also, with NYX’s Pore Filler, I recommend rubbing the product into the skin as opposed to dabbing or patting. This really is a product that needs to be worked into the skin to achieve seamless pores and the mattifying effect.


(5) Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment


If you’re looking for a three in one product: makeup primer, oily skin mattifyant, and acne treatment, well you have hit the jackpot with Cover FX. As a company that focuses on both beauty and skincare, Cover FX’s Mattifying primer comes with a side of Salicylic Acid to help combat acne. As with any acidic product, don’t forget to apply sunscreen if you use this product continuously.

Ready, set, matte!

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Author: Mayowa Ige

Mayowa is an effervescent and passionate Nigerian fashionista bathed in SoCal sunshine. Often spotted with a striking purple lip and a fierce leather jacket, she is unapologetically honest and will tell you if your brows scream S.O.S. to leave you unabashedly on fleek. Follow her adventures @emirestudios

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