10 Face Primers From Sephora Our Editors Can't Live Without

January 22, 2020 by Alisha Stacy
shefinds | beauty

Remember the days when primers weren’t a thing? It’s hard to think those days ever existed but I can definitely recall that back in high school, I would apply foundation straight to my face without any prep to the skin and then wonder why my makeup would move, cake, or not last all day long.

Thankfully over the years, we have learned our lesson, and now know that using one before you apply your foundation is key to getting a flawless finish that is also long-lasting. Since primer is such an important product in your makeup routine, it is a no-brainer to us that you should invest in one you love. No matter your skin type or concerns, there are so many options to choose from ranging from pore-perfecting to illuminating. See our editor’s all-time favorites below and trust us, they are worth every penny.


Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, $52

Whether you have dry, oily, normal, sensitive or combination skin, this skin-perfecting priming balm will have your makeup stay smooth and in place without letting it sink into your pores.

lilah b. Aglow™ Priming Oil, $68

A serum, moisturizer, and primer all in one, this multi-tasking and fast-absorbing oil will nurture and hydrate your skin while helping your makeup to have long-lasting wear.

Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer, $36

Fans of the All Nighter Setting Spray can now enjoy it in a primer version! This lightweight primer preps the skin by smoothing and hydrating, allowing the foundation to grip in place and last all day long.

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Illuminating, $38

A water-based primer, this new one from Laura Mercier has light-reflecting pearls in it that leaves your skin with a beautiful luminous glow.

beautyblender THE LEVELER™ Pore Minimizing Primer, $32

If pores, redness, and uneven texture are some concerns you want to reduce the appearance of, then make sure to use this skin-smoothing primer before applying your foundation.

YSL Beauty TOP SECRETS Instant Matte Pore Refiner, $34

For those that want a more matte look, this oil-control primer will make sure the shine stays away all day long while also minimizing the appearance of pores.

NARS Radiance Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen, $36

Give dull or fatigue-looking skin an instant revival with this radiance-boosting primer that also has SPF 35!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $54

With a formula unlike any other, this silky and airy primer will reduce the look of redness, pores, and wrinkles, allowing your makeup to effortlessly glide and stay on.

Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Primer, $36

The same primer that is used backstage at Dior fashion shows, it will blur imperfections, help makeup last longer and get this, delivers up to 24 hours of hydration!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, $45

Infused with 5 types of coconut, this nutrient-rich formula hydrates the skin while creating a smooth and improved skin texture before you even apply foundation.

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Marketing Manager, Contributing Editor

Alisha Stacy creates compelling branded content for SheFinds--on behalf of clients as our marketing manager, and e-commerce posts as a contributor to the editorial team. She covers the latest in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. You can reach her at [email protected]

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