Despite recent efforts, skin primers remain one of the beauty industry’s most overlooked hidden gems. Not only do these miracle workers create a huge difference in your skin’s overall appearance, they actually fix and prevent major beauty blunders such as redness and makeup streaking, even working to significantly reduce pore size. And that’s not all — a good primer will also help finesse your foundation as well as the rest of your makeup. So if your cosmetics bag hasn’t known a primer, now is the perfect time to make an introduction — but not before checking out our comprehensive guide to the best primers by category.
This high-tech mousse primer plumps your skin, mimicking the fillers used at the dermatologist's office. The results? Colorless correction for a flawless complexion.
Whether from acne or rosacea, green colored primers are famous for combating redness. This revolutionary formula from Smashbox will do just that — while also tending to those other skin needs, like fine lines and discoloration.
Best Pore Reducer
You only need a little bit of this clear gel to go along way with your beauty routine. Wear this silky and weightless formula under your makeup to create a smooth canvas or alone to mattify oily problem areas.
Best Red Carpet Moment
Trying to capture that ethereal red-carpet-level complexion? Simply add this light-diffusing formula to your makeup routine. This gel-based primer not only captures and reflects light to create a luminizing finish, it also blurs the appearance of fine lines.
A total slam-dunk, this primer truly delivers on all accounts. It hydrates so well, a few beauty mavens even suggest using it as a replacement for your everyday moisturizer. And while its super-hydrating properties might draw us in, you know what really has us coming back for more? The gorgeous, dewy results.