The Best Primers for Every Skin Concern

Makeup primers do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure: smooth, flatter, conceal, and hold things in place so that everything you put on top of them looks instantly better. Whether you seek to blur wrinkles, mattify oily skin, hydrate dry skin, boost radiance, dull red spots, minimize the appearance of pores, or even out skin tone, the best primers do just that while creating a perfect base for makeup and helping it stay put longer. Primers are the bridge between your skincare routine and your makeup, essentially bringing out the best qualities in both. Yes, it takes a minute longer to apply another layer to your face, as well as your beauty routine, but it is the difference between your makeup sliding off by noon, and it staying put until the end of the day. Still think the extra step is too time consuming? Consider all the time you’ll save in touch-ups throughout the day. I promise, once you add primer prep to your makeup regime, you’ll realize that your skin has been missing out. Below are the best primers, broken down by skin concern, that will indefinitely convince you to find time to squeeze in that extra step:

  1. For those with dull skin, try the Becca Cosmetics First Light Priming Base Filter. Not only does this primer hydrate and smooth every single skin type and tone creating a healthy look and natural finish, the violet hue also minimizes the look of dullness and instantly brightens the face. It is formulated with skin-quenching prickly pear, hydrating sodium hyaluronate, and energizing ginger, leaving the skin feeling hydrated for all day makeup wear.
  2. Shrinking large pores might seem to be an impossible task at hand, but there are so many primers that minimize the look of large pores. The NYX Pore Filler Primer, for instance, makes diminishing pores a reality as soon as it is rubbed onto the skin. The cashmere-soft cream acts like a veil over the skin, making it look crystal clean even if you aren’t genetically blessed with glass-like skin. There is also Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer that gets rid of shine and blurs those pores with an oil-free matte primer infused with soft focus powders so you look selfie ready 24 hours out of the day. Last but not least, Maybelline New York’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer leaves your skin looking intentionally dewy, plump, and seemingly poreless, just like a newborn baby. Its blend of silicones and polymers help blur away pores in seconds and makes your foundation last even longer.
  3. Summer is quickly approaching and we are all starting to feel the heat. However, that does mean we have to apply sunscreen on top of a face full of makeup. It really just means that we need to apply an SPF primer before applying foundation, really stepping up your sun protection game. Plus, if you tend to get a little sweaty in the summer heat, your foundation won’t melt off as fast with a primer on. Try Nars Radiance Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 or Nars Smooth & Protect Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and consider it one less step in your skincare routine.
  4. For dry skin try the City Color Primer Oil. I know, a priming oil sounds counterintuitive unless you have seriously dry skin. This lipid rich formula, however, keeps skin looking fresh all day without feeling greasy. It also helps makeup go on so much smoother. For oily skin, on the other hand, mattify your face as your first makeup step to achieve a shine free look. NYX’s Studio Perfect Primer in Clear minimizes the pores that come with oily skin, as well as fine lines, allowing the makeup to stick. The affordable price point is an added bonus, too.

So ladies, now, before you take the time to blend in your foundation into airbrushed perfection, be sure to lock in all your hard work with one of the primers mentioned above–all of which are available on They are so good that they will keep your foundation looking flawless from dusk to dawn, regardless of your skin type or concerns. Remember this mantra and repeat it until you’ve gone on and bought yourself a primer that suits you: not to prime is a crime!

Alizeh Siddiqui
I’m a creative and adventurous fashion, beauty, and travel blogger who encourages individuals of all demographics to explore what the worlds of fashion, beauty, and travel have to offer–and to live your best life while doing it!
Alizeh Siddiqui

Alizeh Siddiqui

I'm a creative and adventurous fashion, beauty, and travel blogger who encourages individuals of all demographics to explore what the worlds of fashion, beauty, and travel have to offer--and to live your best life while doing it!

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