Just as you would apply primer to any wall before painting, you apply primer to the skin. Applying primer creates a smooth base layer for foundation and concealer. Primers hydrate the skin, fills in pores and helps your makeup last longer. Primers come in three different formulas: powder, gel or cream. Depending on what look you are trying to achieve, primers have different functions: hydrating, radiating, mattifying, luminizing, color correcting, etc. Here are some of the best primers to date:
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer – $37
With 10 separate formulas offered in this line, Make Up For Ever has created a primer for every skin tone to help with mattifying, hydrating, nourishing and color correcting. This primer helps balance the skin’s texture for longer lasting and smoother application.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer – $36
A mattifying primer that fills in pores and blurs imperfections. This lightweight and oil-free foundation gives your foundation staying power throughout the day.
Becca Backlight Filter Face Primer – $38
Looking to give your makeup look a radiant glow? Infused with Vitamin E , this primer reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while blurring imperfections and filling pores. This primer is made with luminescent pearls, giving your complexion a glowy and radiant finish.
Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer – $35
A silky, lightweight formula that minimizes the appearance of pores, evening out the complexion for foundation application. Use this primer under your foundation or touch up and mattify oily areas throughout the day. Lock in your makeup for the day with this facial primer.
NARS Radiance Primer Broad Spectrum – $36
Bring your skin to life and revitalize dull and textured complexion with the NARS radiance primer. Developed to instantly give your face radiance, this primer will give you everything you want in a primer and help your foundation stay all day.