Want your makeup efforts to last all day? The best primer is essential to your beauty kit
If you’ve spent time getting your makeup right, wouldn’t you love it if it lasted all day or night? This is practically impossible without using the best primer.
But this often-overlooked step does more than just keep makeup in place. In addition to setting makeup, primers can address all skin concerns, from boosting radiance to hydrating and even filling in pores and fine lines.
Why is the best primer such an important step?
‘Primers are an essential part of my personal makeup routine and a must have in my makeup kit as they are the first step to a flawless foundation!’ – says the professional make-up artist Cher Webb. “They are a game-changing product that works in harmony with your skin and foundation, blending and blending for a seamless complexion.”
If your only experience with primers is those heavy silicone-based formulas that can cause irritating breakouts, it’s time to reacquaint yourself. Many primers these days have skin care benefits that help maintain your complexion while helping your best foundation last longer. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 (often in the form of niacinamide), and witch hazel extract are common in today’s primers. Fortunately, you can now forget about that feeling of a thick layer of something on your skin.
“Primers are designed to adhere to your foundation and can produce amazing results when used with primers that match your skin type,” adds Cher. “They act as an instant filter, reducing redness and instantly adding radiance and glow while blurring imperfections.”
With that in mind, we’ve done our research and tested so many of the best primers on the market. Below, you’ll find Marie Claire’s selection of the best shapes you can buy right now – and we think you’re sure to find a new makeup bag staple. Happy priming!
Types of makeup primers
The best primers these days can even absorb excess oil and blur blemishes. They can mask large pores and even out uneven skin to give your makeup a more even look. If you struggle with concealing redness or rosacea, there are color correcting primers that will neutralize it. There are now some formulas that even protect your skin from the sun’s rays by adding a high SPF.
There’s basically a primer for every skin type and problem. To help you find the best primer, here are all the different types:
Fuzzy primer: “If you want to minimize pores, use a primer that’s designed to blur them,” it begins Naoko Sinctu having produced the likes of Jodie Comer, Karlie Kloss and Florence Pugh. They continue, “Apply the product to the center of your face or where you naturally produce more oil.” The best matte primers contain plenty of emollients to leave your skin smooth and pore-free.
Matte primer: Fat girls, this is for you. A matte primer will not only minimize the appearance of pores, but also control oil production throughout the day. Silicone is an ingredient to watch out for if you’re investing, but our advice is to use the primer gently to avoid breaking your makeup.
Wetting primer: Want to look svelte but don’t want to use a lot of your best moisturizer? Say hello to hydrating primer. Naoko’s favorite primer in her kit, she says, “A gritty texture that maximizes hydration, instantly improves the look and feel of skin, and is the perfect base for makeup.” If you’re looking for hydration, look for something with hyaluronic acid.
Color correcting primer: Leading the way is makeup artist Rose Gallagher, who uses a green primer in her makeup to treat rosacea, while color-correcting primers even out skin tone in preparation for foundation. Red isn’t the only color they counter, you can get blue primers even yellow and pink primers even blue.