The Best Makeup Primer for Your Skin Type — All From the Drugstore

June 29, 2018
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
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Picking out a brand-new drugstore primer is nowhere near as glamorous (or easy) as scouting out a new shade of lipstick or mascara. The process involves a ton of internet research — it’s more like picking out a new skin care product. When you walk into your local drugstore or end up shopping on site, you want to look for a quality primer that’s formulated to work with your skin. Whether that means it’ll keep your skin hydrated, keep your foundation from melting off your face or keep your breakouts at bay — there’s one with your name on it.

Ahead, discover the perfect drugstore primer for your skin type:

Best Primer for Dry Skin

NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer, $13.99

If you have dry skin, the thought of slathering on foundation may sound totally unappealing to you. Hydra Touch Primer is a product NYX lovers swear by to refresh and hydrate skin prior to makeup application.



Best Primer for Oily Skin

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer, $12.99

For those looking for all the oil control in the world, try this matte formula that’ll smooth, blur and prep your skin for makeup. This one’s ideal if you want to control shine and blur pores and fine lines.



Best Primer for Sensitive Skin

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Smooth Primer, $9.99

This no-frills water-based primer will do the job without irritation. This formula will smooth out uneven skin, hide pores and give your makeup a base to stay on longer.



Best Primer for Acne-Prone Skin

e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer, $10

This primer gets its “blemish control” name for good reason: It’s a silky, hydrating formula infused with salicylic acid, vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil to smooth your skin and control breakouts.



Best Primer for Combination Skin

Ulta Matte Face Primer, $18

If you have combo skin, this primer’s worth testing out. The vegan, non-comedogenic formula will help smooth your complexion and keep your foundation matte.



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