A good facial primer creates an extra layer between your skin and makeup. Facial primers are used to create a smooth base for your foundation and offer several benefits depending on the type you use for your skin type.

Benefits of Using a Face Primer

  • Creates smooth base for foundation
  • Diminishes appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores
  • Color correct redness, dullness, and discoloration
  • Minimizes shine and prevents oil
  • Use less foundation
  • Prolong foundation wear and aids in “staying put” in hot environments
  • Most contain botanicals and aloe extracts for a soothing and refreshed skin tone

A Few Of Our Top Picks

Thrive: Filtered Effects Blurring Primer

Laura Mercier: Pure Canvas Hydrating Primer

Juice Beauty: Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer

There are multiple types of primers available depending on your skin type. For normal skin, a quality regular primer can be a game changer. If your skin has specific trouble areas, there are primers available to help:

Types of Facial Primers

  • Hydrating Primers: For normal to dry skin needing extra moisture
  • Blurring Primers: Evens skin tone and texture out to give an “airbrushed” look
  • Illuminating Primers: Gives dull skin a brighter glow
  • Color-Correcting Primers: Various colored primers designed to counteract underlying skin tones. Green is offsets red acne and rosacea while blue neutralizes yellow skin tones
  • Pore-Reducing Primers: This can give oily skin a matte look and reduce the appearance of large pours
  • Anti-Aging Primers: Tones skin and typically contain SPF for protection

No matter which skin type you have, there is a primer specific for your needs. Always look for products that are paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, silicone-free, and cruelty-free. Adding the right facial primer to your routine can be a game changer!