You’ve probably experienced the wonders of foundation primers–how they make any face product glide on smoothly and stay put for hours beyond the norm. So why would you deny your other features these makeup-priming powers? Lack-luster lashes? Shifting eye shadow? Disappearing lipstick? All of these beauty woes can be cut off at the source, if you know where to start. We pulled our favorite lash conditioners, eye shadow bases, lipstick foundations, and face primers to bring you the ultimate guide to priming everything.
Primer guide

Mascara Primer

One of our biggest beauty pet peeves is mascara that flakes and falls all over your face. You can fight the flake by using a lash priming conditioner. Not only do mascara primers provide longer, fuller lashes and extend the wear of your favorite mascara, many actually protect, moisturize, and condition to promote healthy eyelashes.
Product Picks: Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster; Smashbox Layer Lash Primer; Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion; Clinique Lash Building Primer

Eye Shadow Primer

Okay, we take it back…creasing eye shadow is our biggest pet peeve. If you suffer from oily eyelids (ditto) you may have given up on the dream of flawless, creaseless eye makeup. But relying on your foundation primer to keep your eye shadow in place could be where you’re going wrong. Instead, keep foundation primer just for the face and look for eye shadow base that dries to a matte finish.
Product Picks: Too Faced Shadow Insurance; MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly or Soft Ochre; L’Oréal De-Crease; Lancôme Aquatique

Lip Primer

Lipstick smudges, feathers and fades. Sad, but true. You can combat this unfortunate fact of life and kiss reapplying goodbye by first applying a foundation of sorts for your lips. The perfect lip primer will lock in moisture and create a smooth base for all of your berries, brights, and burgundies. Choose a silky formula packed with conditioning ingredients to create the ideal canvas for lasting color.
Product Picks: Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer; Becca Lip Priming Perfector; Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift; Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion

Foundation Primer

All primers for the face are going to make for a smoother, longer-lasting foundation application. But why stop there? Pick one with added benefits that suits the needs of your skin. Once you’ve found the right one for you, you’ll only need a small amount…if you apply it like pros do, that is.
Product Picks: line-filling: L’Oréal RevitaLift Miracle Blur; mattifying: The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It; skin-perfecting: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer; light-diffusing: Giorgio Armani Light Mater Primer
 
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Photos: Lancôme, L’Oréal, The Body Shop, Hourglass, Giorgio Armani, Urban Decay, Guerlain, Becca, Bite Beauty, Too Faced, MAC, Clinique, Smashbox