which is better to use under powder foundation for oily skin? Primer? CC? BB?

I have a very oily t-zone and within just a few hours (or less even?) my nose is very shiny. I wear powder foundation so which is better to use first? A primer? What about CC and BB creams?

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I'd definitely recommend a primer if you just want oil control and nothing else. The Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is fantastic and helps control oil. If you use it in conjunction with the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation, it's the perfection combination. (:


If you don't want an actual primer, you could also try Urban Decay's De-Slick Setting Spray. It has the same idea as a primer, except you just spritz it on before and after you apply makeup to hold it in place. 


I don't think American BB creams really help you much with oil control, but if you're talking about the Asian BB creams, some of them do help mattify your skin. The only thing is that sometimes they can have a whitish or grayish cast to them, so that can show through your makeup. For oil control, I'd try Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream. It's a Korean brand and has pretty good coverage and oil control. The only thing is, like I said before, it has a cast to it and can look pasty. 

Re: which is better to use under powder foundation for oily skin? Primer? CC? BB?

Hi Xtickledp1nk5, I agree with beautylovingirl, a mattifying primer would be a great product to use before applying your makeup.  Here are some more great options:


Make Up For Ever All Mat


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Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel


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If you're interested in trying a BB cream, I would suggest these oil-controlling formulations:


Dr. Brandt BB Matte With Signature Shinerase


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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35


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And you can always set your makeup with a matte powder such as:


bareMinerals Matte Foundation


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Cover FX Matte Setting Powder


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Smiley Happy -Laura


Re: which is better to use under powder foundation for oily skin? Primer? CC? BB?

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A primer is normally best so since you have oily skin then I would definitely use a mattifying  primer or Murad's oil control mattifier. Some good mattifying primers are Korres mattifying primer, Givenchy's Mister Mat or Hourglass mineral veil. You can stop by any Sephora and get samples. Also if your not using a setting powder I would do that also. My fave is MUFE's HD powder. Hope this helps! A lot of people like wearing bb cream under their foundation so I think it's a personal choice. Hope this helps!

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