Six Blurring Primers That Will Give You a Smooth, Flawless Makeup Application Every TimeMarch 16, 2020
The key to a silky smooth makeup application starts with a great blurring primer, and our editors have a few products they swear by to get the job done. But first, what is a blurring primer? They’re makeup primers that work to even out skin tone and texture and leave behind soft, supple skin that will help makeup stick for hours. Plus, they help ensure makeup won’t crack, crease or slide off. Ahead, six Makeup.com editors share their favorite blurring primers.
I had never considered using a different primer for going out at night than the one I used for going to work during the day until I tried this shimmery version from YSL Beauty. It blurs pores and keeps my makeup in place as any good blurring primer should, but it also imparts a subtle moonlit sheen thanks to the silver light-reflecting specks. It takes my evening makeup to a whole new level.
The Urban Decay All Nighter Primer lives up to its name and mattifies and blurs like a charm. This lightweight formula is a match made in heaven for my combination skin type because it grips makeup for up to eight hours, hydrates and minimizes the appearance of my pores. I also love how lightweight the consistency is and how quickly it absorbs into the skin — it makes makeup application easier than it’s ever been.
This primer is a game-changing, skin-care-meets-makeup hero. It’s formulated with probiotics, turmeric, chia seeds and other good-for-you ingredients that work to smooth your skin’s tone and texture while correcting redness. Plus, light-reflecting particles help give skin a radiant, rosy glow. Skin-perfecting benefits aside, it also creates a smooth, hydrated base for makeup application.
As someone who loves a smooth-looking complexion but struggles with very large pores around her nose, I cling to this IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better Oil-Free Primer. It’s an oil-free, makeup-gripping primer that hydrates your skin while extending the wear of your makeup and refining the look of your pores. I reach for it every day, whether I’m wearing makeup or going bare face, as it seriously helps to even everything out and gives me a flawless and smooth-looking base.
It’s no secret that I love a good glow, but when it comes to my T-zone, my main priority is preventing my oil glands from going into overdrive. That’s where this Dermablend primer comes in. It’s a lightweight gel formula that dries down instantly into a matte finish. I love how it still feels soft on my skin, which isn’t always the norm when dealing with matte primers. Plus, the formula seriously minimizes the appearance of pores and helps me get the flawless, airbrushed finish I’m after with my foundation.
In my eyes, putty primer is the new jelly primer, and E.l.f.’s is my absolute favorite on the market right now. I use it on my nose and around the apples of my cheeks where my pores are the most visible, and it acts like an eraser and makes them disappear in an instant. It creates a smooth finish that’s a perfect base for my makeup and feels so lightweight that you almost forget it’s not a liquid or gel primer. A little goes a long way, too, so I can use it every day and trust it will last me awhile.