The best makeup primers you can buy
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- Makeup primer is one of those steps you might be tempted to skip, but you'll be happier with your foundation application if you don't.
- Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is our top pick because it gives skin a velvety smooth finish to help base products glide on and stay in place all day long.
Primer for your face sounds like a gimmick, but I promise it isn't. The step adds a cumulative 30 seconds to your routine but makes a world of difference in your makeup application whether you wear foundation or not.But there are so many options out there. Choosing a primer can quickly become overwhelming if you're wandering around Sephora unprepared. There are mattifying primers, hydrating primers, illuminating primers, and pore-blurring primers. How can you ever pick just one?
There are two important things to keep in mind when shopping for a primer: your skin type and your base makeup preferences. People with oily skin might gravitate toward mattifying or pore-blurring primers, while those with dry skin will likely prefer hydrating or radiant primers. Even those who don't wear foundation can benefit from primer to keep your other products in place, especially if you struggle with Melty Makeup Syndrome.
This breakdown of the best makeup primers I've personally tested will help you narrow down the sea of options to find your one perfect pick.
Here are the best makeup primers you can buy:
- Best makeup primer overall: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
- Best radiant primer: Becca Backlight Priming Filter
- Best moisturizing primer: Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer
- Best blurring primer: Milk Makeup Blur Stick
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
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