Moisturizing primers may get overlooked at times, but they're really the best of both worlds: They add in an extra dose of hydration to your skin, while also helping to create a smooth canvas for your foundation. They're especially perfect for chillier months when you might be looking to boost your hydration game -- they add silky moisture that results in an oh-so-pretty natural glow.
So, looking to add a moisturizing primer to your beauty routine? Read on -- we've created a list of 16 of our favorites, with quite the diverse selection of formulas, from standard primers with extra hydration to innovative face oils that pull double duty as moisturizing makeup bases. Who knows? You might just find your new HG primer.
The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer is not billed specifically as a moisturizing primer -- in fact, it does add a matte glow to your complexion -- but you'll find it's actually quite hydrating as well. It helps extend the wear of your makeup without drying your skin, and honestly, it really doesn't get better than that stylish frosted glass and millennial pink cap.
At $7.99, it's certainly hard to go wrong -- and a low price point isn't all this superstar moisturizing primer has going for it. It also happens to have a light, oil-free formula that's boosted with botanical ingredients like chamomile, green tea and ginseng root to help increase your glow factor.
If you haven't heard of Red Earth before, it's definitely a cool new indie brand worth checking out. Their Bye Bye Dry Moisturizing Face Primer is so lovely to use -- it's got a pleasantly light fragrance, and a thin texture that soaks up near immediately, leaving you with a flawless, moisturized canvas to apply your makeup over.
Fans of the brand know that Marc Jacobs Beauty can do no wrong -- and their Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer certainly is no exception. The richly moisturizing texture is so comfortable, and the subtle glow is basically perfection. A little goes a long way, so it'll last a long time, and it dries down without leaving any stickiness. And come on, it smells like coconuts!