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Best Primers For Your Face? A Guide to Primers

How to find the best primer for the face that makes the makeup stay?

There are many products on the market so how can you know which are good and which are not very good? In this post, we share some great primers for your face for a porcelain smooth surface, smoother skin tone, diminished lines/pores, and that makes the makeup stay all day.

A primer acts as a thin foundation before you apply your makeup and is available in different variants and shapes. A primer helps you to:

  • Smooth out “blur” skin
  • Reduce redness
  • Make pores and lines less visible
  • Humidify if you are dry
  • Lather your skin if you get greasy easily
  • Give the skin a beautiful glow
  • Make your makeup stick and last longer

Today, there is a primer for everyone and for virtually all areas – the eye part, face, lips, and even the lashes. Those for the face we will talk about today and a little further down follows some tips on what to keep in mind when choosing your primer!

How to use a primer

1. Wash your face properly to remove any grease and external dirt that has settled on your skin.

2. Then do your usual skincare procedure. You may use face cream, serum, etc. Let the skincare sink in for at least 10 minutes and the primer will work even better!

3. Apply the primer all over your face or on areas where your foundation/makeup tends to disappear, such as the slightly greasy t-zone. Please wait a few minutes before applying makeup.

4. Time for makeup! Apply your makeup (foundation, powder or whatever you want to use) on top of the primer or use the primer as it is without makeup if you want a natural complexion!

How to choose the right primer?

We are all different and we respond individually to different products but generally when you choose a primer you can think of two things that can lead you to the right primer:

What kind of skin do you have?

What do you want the primer to do on your face?

If you have a complexion / oily skin – look for a primer with sebum-absorbing ingredients that matt down the skin to make your makeup look better. It may need to be oil-free if your skin is feeling better.

Do you have dry/mature skin – eg a more liquid primer with extra moisture that gives a little luster and glow to the skin?

If you have a normal/mixed skin – you can, for example, combine different primers. Why not a tiring primer on the t-zone and a luminous primer on the cheeks?

What do you want the primer to do on your face?


Smooth Affair Oil control primer, Jane Iredale

All hours primer, YSL

Prime Time Original primer, Bareminerals

Prep and prime skin visage, MAC

Studio Perfect primer clear, Nyx Professional makeup

Master prime Pore minimizing primer, Maybelline

Primers that gives Glow and Luster


Cellular Brightening CC Lumi Serum, By Terry

Pores no more Luminizer primer, Dr Brandt

Foundation Primer Radiance, Laura Mercier

Flawless beauty primer, Pixi

Instant Glow UV Primer, Lumene

Prime Light Strobing + pore minimizing, Milani

Born to glow Illuminating primer, Nyx Professional makeup

A primer that moisturizes Prime perfection feels incredibly beautiful on the skin as it both moisturizes and gives a cooling feeling.

Moisturizing primers


Mineralize time check lotion, Mac

Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer, Bareminerals

Foundation Primer Hydrating, Laura Mercier

Prime perfection Face primer, Milani

High-Adherence Silicone Primer, The Ordinary

Primers that neutralizes redness


Erborian CC Red Correct

Cicapair ™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

Calming Primer, Cover Fx

SOS primer 04 green tea, Clarins

Redness solutions Daily protective base, Clinique

Studio perfect primer Green, Nyx

Tone adjusting Face primer neutralizing green, e.l.f

Primers for mature skin


Beauty Oil, RMS Beauty

Skin perfect primer, Dermalogica

Primer La base pro, Lancome

Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, Kiehls

Angel Veil Perfecting Primer, Nyx Professional

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