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