How to Find the Best Makeup Primer for Your Favorite Foundation
When it comes to a flawless foundation application, there’s one major rule of thumb you need to keep in mind: It’s a crime not to prime. While many gals don’t think primer is a necessary step in their makeup applications…well, they’d be wrong. A good primer can help to visibly blur away imperfections on the skin’s surface and help you have a smoother canvas for your foundation. The only thing is, a good primer is only as good as how well it pairs with your favorite foundation. To help you find the best primer for your fave foundation, we’re sharing a few tips below!
Primer + Foundation = A Match Made in Makeup Heaven
A lot of people claim not to need—or even like—primer because it doesn’t give them the ultimate finish they are looking for after applying their foundation. The truth is, they are likely not using the right formula. The first thing you’ll want to do is take a look at your foundation formula—is its base oil, powder, silicone, water, or something else? If your primer formula doesn’t have the same base, it’s likely the formulas just don’t mesh well together—you know what they say about oil and water after all.
Next up, consider your desired coverage. If you want a fuller coverage—read: you’re hoping to hide discoloration, redness, or any other visible imperfections on your complexion—you’ll want to first apply primer and then follow up with your foundation. If you prefer a lighter coverage—think: a day at the beach, an easy day at the office, or simply a Sunday running errands—mix your primer with your foundation and apply at the same time.
Finally, consider your skin type. If you have dry skin, find a primer and foundation duo that offers long-lasting hydration and steer clear of matte-finish products that can potentially cause your skin to appear dry and dull. On the other hand, oily skin types should embrace those matte-finish products and avoid oil-based primers and foundations which can possibly lead to the appearance of greasy skin mid-day.
To help you better match your primer and foundation—and get the best makeup application possible—we’ve shared a few of our favorite foundations below and paired them up with the best primer for their formula.
Favorite Foundation: Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow
Best Primer: Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Makeup Primer
If you’re looking for a foundation that can help to hydrate the skin as well as give it a sheer glow finish, look no further. This bi-phase foundation is infused with skin care oils and pure pigments making it ideal for women with dry skin. For the best finish, you’ll first want to apply Maestro UV Makeup Primer. Not only will you get a smooth canvas for foundation application, you’ll also get broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection against the sun’s harmful—and skin-aging—rays.
Favorite Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation
Best Primer: Lancôme La Base Pro
If you have oily or combination skin, try a oil-free formula like Teint Idole Ultra. Available in 40 shades to meet the needs of a wide-range of skin tones, this long-wear foundation is formulated with SPF 15 to help protect your skin from the sun. In addition to sun protection, the formula is also infused with perlite and silica to help deliver a shine-free wear. For a smooth, long-lasting effect you’ll want to first prep your skin with La Base Pro, an oil-free formula that helps to control shine and helps to refine skin texture.
Favorite Foundation: Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Foundation
Best Primer: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime in Blur + Redness Control
Hoping to help your skin look better even after you take off that foundation at night? Opt for a foundation that’s been formulated with a side of skin care like Maybelline’s Super Stay Better Skin. Formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 15 and Actyl C—a durable form of antioxidant vitamin C—this oil-free foundation comes in 16 super-saturated shades to help you visibly conceal spots and unevenness on your complexion. To further its imperfection concealing abilities, first prep your skin with a primer that can control the appearance of redness like Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime in Blur + Redness Control. This green-tinted primer operates on the same principles of color correcting, helping to balance out the appearance of redness on the skin.