GET FREE SAMPLES

sign up for our newsletter to get free sample alerts
Photo 1/12
Obvious foundation streaks, noticeable pores, redness around the nose — these are all makeup blunders on par with a glaringly large flake of spinach stuck between your teeth. Napoleon Perdis, celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder, says these makeup faux pas can be avoided by adding one simple step to your morning routine: applying makeup primer

"Not to prime is a crime," says Perdis. "It's been my career-long mantra. It helps finesse your foundation, helping your skin stay flawless longer." And it's not just Perdis. Celebrity makeup artists everywhere stress the importance of priming. Makuep primers are crucial at keeping oil at bay while filling in fine lines and providing a smooth canvas for your foundation to stick to, says celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green. Now that we've converted you into a primer believer, here are tips to help you choose the best one for you:

Skin tone: Primers come in different hues to address specific skin concerns. Green-colored primers will combat redness from rosacea or acne. Mauve/light purple counteracts sallow undertones, while pink helps brighten complexions.

Skin type: First, figure out whether you have oily, dry or combination skin. Then, choose a primer that is suited for those needs.

Once you've got the right formula, apply the primer after your moisturizer. "It's like waterproofing your skin," says Jim Hammer, a cosmetic chemist at Pharmasol Labs in Easton, Mass. If you apply it before your day cream or sunscreen, those water-based products can't penetrate through to reach your skin. "If you smooth [the primer] on after, your skin can absorb your moisturizer before the primer forms a slick film on top of it," says Hammer.

See what our readers think are the best makeup primers out there.

Image via Imaxtree

Photo 2/12
Best Makeup Primer No. 11: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*

Why it's great: "I've never used primers because I didn't think they did much good, but I was really impressed with this product when I first tried it," said one user. "This formula goes on smoothly and feels like silk on the skin," adds another.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer here.

Buy now

*At time of publication



Photo 3/12
Best Makeup Primer No. 10: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $54

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*

Why it's great: "It glides on your skin and gives a nice healthy glow," raves one fan, who also notes that this is one of the best primers for keeping "foundation in place all day." Lots of readers commend it for its "smooth and soft" texture, as well as the fact that it helps with oil control too.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer here.

Buy now

*At time of publication



Photo 4/12
Best Makeup Primer No. 9: Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer, $32

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.4*

Why it's great: "This is a great primer to specifically hide large pores, a job not all primers can do," says one reader. "It works well to also blur fine lines and helps makeup stay put all day." Another user notes that it "feels like nothing on" and that it "doesn't seem to sit on top of skin."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer here.

Buy now

*At time of publication



Photo 5/12
Best Makeup Primer No. 8: Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, $22
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.5*
Why it's great: "I love how well it illuminates the face. It does not feel oily or greasy and absorbs quickly," one reader raves. One devoted consumer says, "I have sensitive skin and I have not had any breakouts using this." Readers are also fans of the fact that the silicone-free formula is packed with skin-nurturing vitamins A, C and E. To sum it up: "Gorgeous glow! Definitely will buy this again when it runs out. I can't live without it now!"

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer here.

Buy now

*At time of publication

Obvious foundation streaks, noticeable pores, redness around the nose — these are all makeup blunders on par with a glaringly large flake of spinach stuck between your teeth. Napoleon Perdis, celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder, says these makeup faux pas can be avoided by adding one simple step to your morning routine: applying makeup primer

"Not to prime is a crime," says Perdis. "It's been my career-long mantra. It helps finesse your foundation, helping your skin stay flawless longer." And it's not just Perdis. Celebrity makeup artists everywhere stress the importance of priming. Makuep primers are crucial at keeping oil at bay while filling in fine lines and providing a smooth canvas for your foundation to stick to, says celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green. Now that we've converted you into a primer believer, here are tips to help you choose the best one for you:

Skin tone: Primers come in different hues to address specific skin concerns. Green-colored primers will combat redness from rosacea or acne. Mauve/light purple counteracts sallow undertones, while pink helps brighten complexions.

Skin type: First, figure out whether you have oily, dry or combination skin. Then, choose a primer that is suited for those needs.

Once you've got the right formula, apply the primer after your moisturizer. "It's like waterproofing your skin," says Jim Hammer, a cosmetic chemist at Pharmasol Labs in Easton, Mass. If you apply it before your day cream or sunscreen, those water-based products can't penetrate through to reach your skin. "If you smooth [the primer] on after, your skin can absorb your moisturizer before the primer forms a slick film on top of it," says Hammer.

See what our readers think are the best makeup primers out there.

Image via Imaxtree
BY CLAIRE BALLOR, MARISSA DESANTIS, KELLY SEARLE, JESSICA AMARIS | SHARES
VIEW COMMENTS
Full Site | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy
© 2020 Total Beauty Media, Inc. All rights reserved.