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Next, choose your miracle cream, a.k.a. primer. The right primer is your No. 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 (get the full scoop on finding the best primer for your skin type here).
If you have oily skin and your T-zone shines like the top of the Chrysler building by midday, opt for a mattifying primer like M.A.C. Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment, $21, which also minimizes the appearance of pores. CoverGirl Outlast All Day Makeup Primer, $11.15, keeps makeup fresh throughout the day by smoothing out imperfections and disguising pores.
If you have combination skin and want a luminous finish, choose a primer with light-reflecting particles like Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, $55.
For drier skin that tends to feel taut under foundation, a hydrating primer like Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer SPF 30, $55, will keep your foundation from drying out your skin or getting flaky.
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