Best Primer For Combination Skin

What Is The Best Primer For Combination Skin?

In all honesty, the zip is breaking on my makeup bag because it is crammed full of products. I often ask myself, do I really need all of this makeup? The response is always “YES!” There is one part of my makeup routine that in the past, I questioned whether it was really necessary, I wasn’t 100% sure it was making much difference. That step was makeup primer. I have heard so many people say ‘primer doesn’t really do anything for my makeup/skin’ which I would have agreed with a few years ago. But now, I think it is all about finding the right primer for you and your skin. So let’s talk about the best primer for combination skin.

The Best Makeup Primer For Combination Skin

The reasons for choosing combination skin – 1. I would say most people are a mix of more than one skin type and 2. your girl right here is a combination! This basically means, sometimes you might be oily, dry, sensitive, dehydrated, etc. For example, my t-zone loves being a shiny mess. Whereas my cheeks are pretty normal, sometimes sensitive but mostly well behaved. Before I let you know what I think is the best primer for combination skin *SPOILER I have actually written about three of my best primers for combination skin* I wanted to really dig deep into what primers are actually for and how they work. I can understand why people would think it is a pointless step when their primer isn’t improving anything at all. Especially when spending a few pennies!

Best Makeup Primers For Combination Skin

What is makeup primer?

Makeup primers are a base before you apply your makeup. They are designed to prep your skin ready for makeup, creating a smoother, flawless surface and help to keep your makeup on for longer. Makeup primers can also help smooth any fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores. Formulas are available in cream, gel, and powder. In my journey of finding the best primer from combination skin, I have always used creams!

Which type of primer best suits me?

The most important part of choosing your primer is determining what skin type you are. Different skin types have different needs. For example, someone with super oily, breakout prone skin, who experiences shine appearing on their face as the day goes on. These people would benefit from a mattifying primer. This will even out the skin tone and matte any areas where there is excess oil throughout the day. However, someone who is dry and dehydrated would need a hydrating primer, which will give them the extra moisture they need. Nourishing the skin, gaining more hydration which in turn will create a flawless base for the makeup application.

What is the best primer for combination skin?

I’m greedy, I can’t just have one so I had to have three haha! Below I have listed my favourite three primers which I think will definitely help you find the best primer for combination skin. They are also varied in price so there is something there for everyone’s budget.


Too Faced Hangover X Primer – £27.00

Best Primer For Combination Skin


I would call this my holy grail makeup primer, I have used it for years and it is fab for everyone! With super-hydrating ingredients like coconut water, it is fantastic for keeping your skin hydrated which is exactly what you want before makeup application. The Too Faced primer glides on beautifully and creates a soft and even skin tone for your foundation to apply perfectly on top of. I would recommend this as a good primer for combination skin because it hydrates any dry areas you may have but the lightweight formula doesn’t feel thick or greasy on your skin.


The lightweight formula is infused with hydrating coconut water, probiotics, and skin revivers to rebalance moisture levels and boost skin’s radiance beautifully. Used alone or to create a seamless canvas and lock down makeup.



Best Primer For Combination Skin


Sleek MakeUP Mattifying Primer – £7.99

The mattifying queen right here! This is the best drugstore makeup primer. The Sleek primer is perfect for when your combination skin is playing up. Like I said previously, I get that oily shine on my t-zone throughout the day. Especially in the summer months. You will find me using this on holiday, in the summer and also on those days when my skin is just being a pain in general. Honestly, my makeup doesn’t budge after using this. Also, remember you can always mix and match your primers.

If you guys like experimenting like me, I would also try applying different primers to different areas of concern. For example, apply the mattifying primer onto your oily t-zone and then finish off with a hydrating primer on dry cheeks!

This mattifying primer helps reduce oil for flawless looking, matte skin. Soft-focus powders provide a velvety finish and help blur the appearance of fine lines. Can be worn alone or under foundation.


Dermalogica Skin Perfecting Primer SPF30Best Primer For Combination Skin – £44.50


The perfect primer for everyone, as it contains that all-important SPF. Not only does this Dermalogica primer keep you protected all day but it is amazing for keeping your makeup in place. Another super hydrating primer for my combination girls out there. It has a beautiful silky texture that almost airbrushes your skin before you apply your foundation. Without a doubt, the best primer for combination skin. Don’t forget to always moisturise as you do normally before priming, this isn’t replacing your regular skin care step, it is just enhancing!



Prepare your skin for the application of makeup with Dermalogica Skin Perfect Skin Primer SPF 30. The silky, velvety texture glides on effortlessly, leaving you with a flawless complexion. The primer brightens the skin, leaving a natural tint thanks to the silicone-infused formula.

Best Primers For Combination Skin

Now you guys are more confident about choosing the right makeup primer for you, you can go shopping! Or maybe you’ll be dusting off an old primer that you can use on a certain area of your face and really see the benefits. I’m so glad I found the right primers for me. I use mine every morning as part of my daily routine and I’d be lost without them! You have three incredible primers to choose from here which I hope you find one of those is the best primer for combination skin and works perfectly for you.

As always guys, any questions about primer, skincare, makeup or just general girly chit chat, leave me a comment below and we can have a catch-up! Have a fab Sunday evening. P.s don’t forget you can always shop my favourite makeup bits in -> My Makeup Bag. My skincare cupboard will be coming soon! Eeek!

Lots of Love…

Roxanne x

Best Primer For Combination Skin

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  • Reply
    Eimy Marie
    September 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Love this blog post. For the longest time I’ve been trying to find the perfect primer for my skin and this helped me a lot.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      It is so difficult to know which primer will not only suit your skin but benefit your makeup too! I’m so glad you found this helpful, enjoy your new primer!

      Roxanne x

  • Reply
    September 16, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I have combination skin and will definitely be trying out the too faced primer! Great post!

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      It is such a beautiful primer, super refreshing in the summer months too! I hope you love it, Angelica. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post.

      Roxanne x

  • Reply
    September 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve heard such great things about the Too Faced Hangover primer and really want to try it. I’m currently using Perfect Canvas by Res which is good but after I finish it I want to try another x

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      You’ll love it! It makes my skin feel so soft before applying my foundation, it really is lovely! Ooo I haven’t heard of that one before, I’ll have to give it a try.

      Roxanne x

  • Reply
    Danielle Alexa
    September 19, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I really want to try out the Hangover primer, I have heard so many good things about it!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply
      September 24, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Ahhh, Danielle, you will love it! It is a little pricey but it is so worth investing in. I think it is perfect because you can use it on those mornings when you aren’t wearing makeup to keep your skin super hydrated.

      Roxanne xx

  • Reply
    Katt Lockwood
    November 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I was once one of those people that thought primers were a bit of a gimmick, but I’ve since changed my mind after trying Hangover! It was a real struggle to find the right one, with so many different varieties and effects, but an absolute game changer once I got my hands on it!

    Katt |

    • Reply
      November 28, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Katt!
      I thought the same until I found the right ones for my skin type and then I started to see huge improvements.
      The Hangover primer is fab. So glad you found it and it works well for you hun.

      Roxanne xx

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