These 9 Primers Will Help You Beat a Makeup Meltdown

I've always been rather smug about my skin. I rarely break out, hardly ever suffer from any reactions and considering I still get ID'd at the age of 25, I must be doing okay in the wrinkle department. But last year I started to notice that something wasn't quite right about my skin. It was 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, and I caught sight of myself in the mirror in the office bathroom. It was awful. Not only did I find that the foundation I had so painstakingly buffed and blended that very morning was nowhere to be seen, but in its place was a large veil of beaming shine. And no, we're not talking the pretty, dewy, post-gym kind.

I had developed oily skin.

Photo: Mango

Now, I'm assured that the late onset of oily skin is normal and most often linked to hormonal changes. But it's wreaking havoc with my makeup. No matter how much foundation I apply, the coverage barely lasts beyond lunchtime, the cream blushers I used to love have become completely out of the question, and for most of the day, my forehead resembles nothing less than an oil slick. Nice.

Thankfully I've found a solution to this problem and the answer lies in oil-controlling primers. Yes, it adds an extra step to my already lengthy morning makeup routine. But as most contain a hard-hitting mix of oil-blotting minerals and pore-filling polymers, they have the power to keep my face in place all day long. These are the formulas I really rate.