When I apply my makeup in the morning, I'm banking on it lasting all day. That's why a primer is a must in any beauty regime. After cleansing and moisturizing, the first step in my routine is to perfect my skin with a primer. This miracle concoction improves the staying power of your foundation and creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup that locks in moisture. It also allows for a smooth surface, blurring out fine lines and hiding pores so you are left with a flawless finish. Even if you're opting to go make-up free, a little primer goes a long way! It's like a mini-Photoshop tool in your makeup kit! Once you take the plunge, you will be amazed at how one little step makes a world of difference. Curious? We've listed our faves so you can decide for yourself if this is the latest must-have for your collection! Click any product to shop it!
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36
Holy grail comes to mind when I think about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. A favorite among makeup artists and makeup junkies alike, this lightweight gel blurs imperfections and leaves you with flawless skin! If you're looking for a smooth, perfect base for makeup application, look no further. And now with various formulas to choose from (redness reducing, blemish control, dark spot correcting, etc.), you can find your perfect match. Happy skin, here I come!
Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer, $14.99
Covergirl and Olay have always been household names in the makeup and skin care world but put them together and something magical happens! Apply a small amount, you'll instantly feel fresh-faced and fantastic! On top of reducing fine lines and firming up the skin, this silky formula hydrates and boosts elasticity! Double win!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $52
Hourglass marries purpose and perfection with this bottle of gold! It's everything you could ever wish for in a primer: it increases lasting power of foundations, blurs our pores and fine lines, reduces redness while smoothing skin for an even complexion, repels water, it's a lightweight formula that never feels heavy or greasy, AND it has a SPF 15! Indulge in this baby and your skin will thank you!
Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, $31
This primer may as well be bottled magic. Need to minimize pores? Even-out your skin? Need your makeup to last all day? Check, check and check! With it's subtle tint, you can even opt out of using foundation all together leaving you with a smooth, matte finish. It's the real deal when it comes to skin perfection!
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer "Radiance," $34
Who doesn't love a glow-y, radiant finish? Shine from the inside out with this opalescent gel primer that does wonders for your complexion. It's long-wearing, colorless, and has Vitamin A, E, and C which combat against anti-aging, ALL while smoothing out skin tone for a perfect base with just a tiny dab! Need I say more?
L'Oreal Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base, $12.99
If you're looking for a product that you can wear on it's own while still feeling like your skin is looking it's best... then you've found it! L'Oreal's lightweight formula applies effortlessly onto your skin leaving you with a smooth, satin finish. Not only does it improve skin texture, but it also combats redness! Add some foundation and say, "Hello, flawless!"