The often-unsung hero of your entire look is, of course, your primer! With the right primers, you can make your face into a beautiful, flawlessly matte canvas, free of redness and dark spots, and even adding a hint of luminosity. Of course, all of this can’t be found and accomplished by just one primer – but we’ve put together a list of our top five faves that will do the trick in one way or another.
The Ordinary. ($4.90)
This three-in-one primer contains adaptive silicones, which means it hydrates, blurs imperfections and creates a matte effect to give your makeup finish a more highly defined look. This is great to use alone to help reduce signs of pores, plus, it’s non-greasy.
Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Illuminating Primer ($36)
A more natural approach to getting flawlessly primed skin, this formula boasts ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, sunflower oil and coconut alkanes all to benefit anti-aging and to illuminate the skin. Added bonus: this lightweight primer is free of silicone.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer ($11.89)
This drugstore buy is a great option to not only prime the skin before you apply your foundation, but also to get in some SPF 15 when perhaps your favorite foundation doesn’t offer sun protection. Skin is evened out with this primer, but not to fear- it won’t clog pores!
100% pure Mattifying Primer ($48)
If you’re looking for a vegan, cruelty-free, all-natural, organic and silicone-free option, this is the product for you. Apply a small amount of primer to a clean face, allow it to set in for 90 seconds before applying foundation. This primer leaves your skin looking flawless, and is long-lasting due to the skin-plumping seaweed collagen found in the formula.
Clarins SOS Primer ($39)
When your skin takes multi-tasking to the extreme, these primers will cover all of your bases, or rather, your entire face, based on your skin’s needs. With eight options to choose from, there’s no doubt that you can say goodbye to signs of fatigue, imperfections, dark spots, redness and sallow skin. Each primer offers a specific benefit based on your complexion “challenge” of the day, plus, it will leave your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours.