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Next, choose your miracle cream, a.k.a. primer. The right primer is your #1 weapon in combatting the most common foundation issues, namely splotchy, uneven coverage. There are also a handful of great primers targeted to specific skin woes, like redness and oily or dry skin.
To select the perfect primer, consider your skin type and the kind of finish you want. If you have oily skin and your T-zone shines like the top of the Chrysler building by mid-day, opt for a mattifying primer like MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment, $21, which also minimizes the appearance of pores. If you have combination skin and want a luminous finish, choose a primer with light reflecting particles like Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer, $71 or NARS Light Optimizing Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $34. For drier skin that tends to feel taut under foundation, a hydrating primer like Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer, $32, will keep your foundation from drying out your skin or getting flaky.
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