Prep & Prime: The 5 Best Makeup Primers
Do you want your makeup to stay put for longer? How about filling in fine lines, minimizing the appearance of pores, evening the look of your skin tone, all whilst creating a smooth canvas for your foundation? If you answered yes to all of the above, it’s time to introduce makeup primer to your routine. They’re the not-so-secret secret to an airbrushed-like look and feel to skin. But it’s no easy job to sort through the bunch in search of the top formulas. That’s why we took the work off your plate. Finesse your foundation with our favorite makeup primers—suited for every budget!—below.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP BORN TO GLOW ILLUMINATING PRIMER
Prepping skin and brightening the look of your complexion has never been easier thanks to this fan-favorite illuminator by NYX Professional Makeup. Following use, makeup will go on smooth, and skin will boast a radiant finish.
GIORGIO ARMANI FLUID MASTER PRIMER
For a flawless canvas on which to apply foundation, use this innovative primer that smooths the appearance of the skin’s surface, refines the look of pores, and imparts a dewy glow to your complexion. After cleansing and moisturizing, apply a small amount of primer to the back of the hand. Using the fingertip, begin application to the center of the face and work outwards in upward strokes.
MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO MASTER PRIME
Blur skin tone imperfections and smooth fine lines with this weightless blend by Maybelline. Choose from three different water-based formulas—Blur + Smooth, Blur + Illuminate, and Blur + Redness Control—to help target your skin concerns, from an uneven skin texture to a dull, tired complexion. Wear it alone or under makeup.
LANCÔME LA BASE PRO HYDRA GLOW
Two types of pearl pigments help this primer deliver an instant dewy glow to the skin. Formulated with rose essence and a blend of 14 skin care actives—hyaluronic acid, among them—makes skin look and feel luminous, appear plumped, and hydrated.
URBAN DECAY COMPLEXION PRIMER POTION
This velvety, paraben-free formula helps minimize the look of pores and fine lines without a greasy residue. Foundation will apply evenly, smoothly, and won’t fade away. Not wearing foundation? No problem. You can wear this primer without a subsequent makeup application, too!