Primed to Perfection: The Best Primers for Your Skin Type
Have you ever applied a full face of makeup only to have it melt off your face after just a short while? It’s incredibly frustrating, to say the least. That’s why, to help our makeup go on smoother and last longer, we swear by primer. In our humble opinion, it’s a makeup bag must-have for a flawless face. These days, most formulas work double duty to troubleshoot problem areas—from spots to wrinkles and fine lines—in addition to providing longer-lasting makeup hold. What’s more, primer is not just limited for use prior to a makeup application. You can totally apply it on no-makeup days to help even out your skin’s tone and blur imperfections. Did we mention it’s a must-have? Ahead, the best primers—formulated for your skin type—to help improve your complexion.
FOR DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN: MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO MASTER PRIME
Skin in need of hydration will benefit from this water-based formula boasting ultra-blurring spheres to hide imperfections and smooth fine lines. Pick from three shades: Blur + Smooth to smooth an uneven skin texture, Blur + Illuminate to brighten a dull complexion and protect it with SPF 30, and Blur + Redness Control to control redness. Use it prior to a makeup application—it’s non-comedogenic, so don’t worry about clogged pores!—or choose to wear it alone.
FOR REDNESS: L’ORÉAL PARIS STUDIO SECRETS PROFESSIONAL COLOR CORRECTING PRIMERS ANTI-REDNESS PRIMER
To neutralize redness, reach for this color corrector that can help blur spots to reveal an even skin tone and improved complexion. With use, light skin tones will notice a subtle warmth, and medium/dark skin tones will see a radiant glow.
FOR OILY SKIN: URBAN DECAY COMPLEXION PRIMER POTION—PORE PERFECTING
Oilier skin types will love the soft-matte finish of this primer, which helps smooth skin for an airbrushed look and feel. Foundation will go on smoothly, evenly, and last longer, too.
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: L’ORÉAL PARIS MAGIC LUMI PRIMER MAGIC LIGHT INFUSING PRIMER
All skin types and tones can use this light-infusing primer. It blends into skin easily to boost its liveliness and luminosity so you can notice a smoother and brighter-looking complexion. Use it alone for a dewy look, mix it into your foundation for an all-over radiant finish, or dab it on key areas as a highlighter.
FOR MATURE SKIN: URBAN DECAY COMPLEXION PRIMER POTION—BRIGHTENING & TIGHTENING
This lightweight, oil-free primer is a great option for mature skin. Formulated with Matrixyl 3000—an ingredient celebrated for its ability to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles—and hyaluronic filling spheres to minimize the look of fine lines and add a heaping dose of moisture. Wear it before makeup or alone for a beautiful glow.