Ever wonder why some people look flawless all night long, and you have raccoon eyes and creasing three hours into the party? Primer, especially during warm summer nights, is something that’s not up for debate. It will, without a doubt, transform the way your makeup applies and lasts throughout the day and night. For such an important part of the beauty routine, it amazes me how many people seem to skip this step or don’t even know what about it. (If you want to a primer refresher course, click HERE.) Beauty novices often complain about shadow that doesn’t go on smoothly, cracks or creases and wonder what to do about it. The answer is simple: prime, prime, prime! Read on for our favorite face and eye primers that will completely change the way you go about makeup.
There are tons of primers formulated for oily skin, but dry skin needs some love too! Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer is specifically designed to give a boost of hydration to drier complexions. Laura Mercier primers in general are unbelievably amazing. I personally use Radiance Bronze in the summer, which primes and bronzes my skin for that perfect sun-kissed glow. ($34 for 1.7 oz)
It seems like Benefit’s The POREfessional has reached cult status over the past year or so, and it’s well-deserved. This smoothing primer completely conceals the appearance of large pores and fine lines, creating a flawless canvas for your makeup application. It’s extremely lightweight, a major plus in the primer world. There are so many primers that have that heavy, silicone feeling. Some may like that, but I feel like it’s almost suffocating – the lighter, the better! ($31 for 0.75 oz)
Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer is the most expensive primer on this list, but it’s worth the splurge. I would go as far as calling this a miracle product – it does it all. You only need a teeny, tiny drop to prime your entire face, and your makeup will really look just as good at the end of the night as it did in the morning. A little goes a very, very long way with this high performance product. If you’re a little hesitant go into your local Sephora and ask for a sample before purchasing…prepare to be amazed. ($52 for 1 oz)
For whatever reason, it’s rare to find a drugstore primer that works as well as the pricier options – it just seems to be one of those products the drugstore brands haven’t mastered yet. That’s not the case with Rimmel’s Fix & Perfect Pro Primer. This multi-tasking wonder promises to smooth, brighten, protect and mattify your skin’s appearance, and it lives up to those claims. At only $8, you really can’t go wrong – give it a try. ($8 for 1 oz)
BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is formulated for people with extremely oily skin. I can’t tell you the difference using an oil-control primer has made in the way my skin looks. I have combo skin that tends to get oilier during the summer, and a good primer makes all the difference in keeping me looking glowy, not shiny. The BECCA one is sweat and humidity-resistant, so feel good about using it in the heat. Plus, it’s silicone- and oil-free, so your skin won’t have that dreaded, heavy feeling. ($36)
Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion was the first shadow primer I have ever tried, and it’s honestly still my favorite. It really makes even the chalkiest, un-pigmented shadows look brighter, smoother and prettier. You only need a little to cover your lid, and this tiny tube lasts forever. You seriously won’t be able to finish it if you tried. The product was such a hit that UD now offers other versions, including an anti-aging one, a champagne-hued one and a nude matte version. ($20 for 0.33 oz)
Whenever you reach for glitter shadow or loose pigments, you’re essentially committing to a healthy amount of fallout. That’s not the case when you use Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue! This heavy-duty shadow primer can handle any glittery shadow, lock in down and bring out its best reflective qualities. It’s a must-have for pigment addicts. ($20 for 0.35 oz)
I love, love, love Maybelline’s Color Tattoo line. These cream shadows can be worn on their own, or act as a primer for other shadows. My number one shade is Bad to the Bronze, a rich, pigmented bronze shade that looks great with other warm shades. There are neutrals, metallics, bright colors, pastels – anything you could possibly want. They’re a dupe for MAC Paint Pots at half the price…definitely grab a few of these on your next drugstore run. ($8 for 0.14 oz)
ELF consistently amazes me with how well their products work considering the less-than-drugstore price point. ELF Natural Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is no exception! This mineral primer is packed with vitamins to moisturize and protect your delicate skin from signs of aging. At only $3, you can’t beat this wallet-friendly, high quality product. ($3 for 0.15 oz)
Available in both gold and pearl, bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer creates a radiant, luminous base for your shadows. The smallest amount covers your entire lid, gives off a subtle brightening sheen and holds shadow in place all day. It’s ideal for extremely oily eyelids – this stuff works . ($18 for 0.1 oz)
Do you already use primer? If not, will you start? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR!