The Best Primers On For All Your Makeup Looks

By Kate Marin

You'd think foundation would be the base of a great makeup look, but primers deserve a spot as the first step in your routine. With the right formula, primers can do some seriously heavy lifting. Whether you're looking to disguise pores, achieve an even complexion, enhance color payoff, hydrate the skin, or fight unwanted oils, the best makeup primers can do it all. There's a primer for nearly every concern nowadays: think mascara primers with added fibers for length, lipstick primers for long-lasting color, and best-selling eyeshadow primers for intensified color payoff.

To update your routine, it's likely all you need is a quick trip over to to find the best primer for your skin type and concern. After all, prepping the skin before makeup application is the first step toward achieving a long-lasting, smooth, and flawless look. For the best primers on for every makeup look imaginable, read on.

Try This Pick For Fresh, Poreless Skin That's Baby Smooth

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser



Babies have got it made — they have the smoothest, most even skin that's so difficult to achieve in adulthood. This primer will get your complexion looking as close to newborn-baby-perfect as possible. It erases pores, hydrates the skin, and gives an angelic smooth matte finish.

A Volumizing Lip Primer Gives You A Pout That Doesn't Fade

Hard Candy Plumping Volumizing Lip Primer, 1380 Clear



Not only does this lip primer ensure long-lasting wear from any of your favorite lip colors, but it also plumps the lips for a fuller-looking pout.

For A Blurred Canvas, Use This Highly Rated Primer

Revlon youth fx fill + blur primer for face/neck



This highly rated primer for the face and neck smoothes wrinkles with micro-fillers and optical diffusers for a plump complexion.

A Dewy Formula Helps Dry Skin In Need Of A Little Glow

wet n wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer, Till Prime Dew Us Part



When you've got dry skin, achieving that dewy, hydrated glow is no easy feat. This primer is infused with vitamin E and pearl pigments to hydrate the skin throughout the day while offering an instant radiant glow.

A Combination Primer Offers Sun Protection And Brighter Skin

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15



Want a primer that also acts as skin care? This two-in-one sunscreen primer protects the skin with broad spectrum SPF 15; meanwhile, brightening antioxidants enhance tone and complexion.

Banish Oily Skin With A Primer That Gives You An All-Day Matte Finish

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte-Lock Mattifying Primer 120 Clear



Tired of your makeup melting throughout the day? Kiss midday shine goodbye with this mattifying makeup primer. It blurs imperfections, smoothes the complexion, and locks in a matte finish that lasts all day long.

This Primer Helps Eyeshadow Stay Put Once And For All

Maybelline Master Prime Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Base



Whether your go-to look is a mixture of muted nudes or a deep smoky eye, an eyelid primer makes all the difference. This eyeshadow primer smooths the skin, enhances the color of your shadow, and significantly increases wear time.

This Lip Primer Stops Feathering Before It Starts

NYX Professional Makeup Lip Primer, Nude



If you struggle with feathering, a lip primer is a must-try. This one evens tone, smoothes the lips and fills in any micro-creases that cause feathering for an even and bold lip look that lasts longer.

Get Your Fullest Lashes Ever With This Cult-Classic Primer

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer Mascara



Lash primers are a must-have for short, thin lashes. This one amplifies mascara for lashes that look longer, fuller, and flake-free.

Intensify Your Eyeshadow With This Pigment Primer

NYX Professional Makeup Pigment Primer



Like an eyeshadow magnet, this eyelid primer grabs on to color for intense results while reducing fallout, creasing, and smudging.

Minimize The Appearance Of Pores And Shine With A K-Beauty Primer

Touch In Sol No Pore Blemish Primer



Designed specifically for breakout-prone skin types, this primer smooths the skin's texture to disguise pores and control oil all day long.

For Acne-Prone Skin With Redness, Try A Green-Tinted Primer

e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer, Large



Formulated with salicylic acid, vitamin E, and tea tree oil, this primer does so much more than prep the skin for makeup—it helps fight breakouts before they even surface.

For An Added Boost Of Hydration, This Cooling Primer Is Perfect

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Cooling Primer Stick



This water-based primer is an ultra-hydrating stick formula that glides on easily, cooling the skin and leaving a blurred, perfected base.

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