Swipe through to see some of the best drugstore makeup primers on the market.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
There’s a reason the phrase “smooth as a baby’s bottom” exists. We spend our whole lives (and a lotta dough) trying to achieve the skin we had as a wee one. Enter the Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer to help you reach that goal—without spending more than $7. A thin layer of this moisturizing, miracle primer is all you need to blur the appearance of pores and give your skin a smooth, matte finish—just like a baby’s bottom!
L'Oréal Paris Magic Perfecting Base
When it comes to makeup, we’re all perfectionists, right? If you want your foundation to look as flawless in the evening as it did when you freshly applied it, the L’Oréal Magic Perfecting Base is your guy. It smooths onto skin to minimize the look of pores and fine lines and leaves you with a matte finish that will have your friends asking what you had done. But don’t worry, it can be our little secret.
NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer
The sister to the High Definition Primer, Hydra Touch is meant for those who could use a moisturizing boost. You can expect a wave of hydration to come over your skin in seconds, so those cheekbones will be glowing all day. After application, layer over foundation and drop the contouring stick—this primer calls for some serious strobing.
L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
Who couldn’t benefit from a bit more glow? The Light Infusing Primer does just that—it gives your skin a boost of luminosity, and it all starts with the easy-to-use pump (yas!). With its liquid light texture, blend one pump with your foundation for radiant skin without all the effort.
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Primer
No matter what you’re looking for in a makeup primer, FaceStudio Primers have you covered—literally. The three formulations work to target a spectrum of skin concerns: blurring and controlling redness, targeting uneven skin tone and fine lines, and boosting radiance for those who could use a little extra glow. Just apply all over skin before foundation, or wear alone for those actual no makeup makeup days.
An oily T-Zone doesn’t stand a chance against this HD primer. So lightweight, you’ll forget that you even applied it! Because of its water-based texture, it dries quickly and leaves skin feeling fresh all day. Not to mention, it adheres to makeup like velcro, so you don’t have to worry about your makeup melting away through those long work days. Or even longer nights.
Garnier SkinActiv 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother
True to its name—five seconds (and a dash of light-reflecting particles) is all it takes to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, rough spots, large pores, and everything in between. Who knew the Fountain of Youth was actually a $20 primer?
Do you have a fave drugstore primer that we didn’t mention? Give us your picks in the comments below!