The 30 Best Makeup Primers, According to Our EditorsDecember 06, 2021
We believe that makeup primer is the key to flawless-looking makeup. Not only does it ensure that foundation glides on as smoothly as possible, but it also serves as the glue that locks makeup in place. There certainly are no shortage of options on the market, ranging from matte to glowy finishes at both drugstore and luxe price points, so to take the guesswork out of picking a primer, we’ve compiled a list of the top 30 formulas our editors love, ahead.
Oily skin types, ditch your blotting papers and make room for this mattifying makeup primer. The gel-like consistency of this lotion dries down on contact with the skin and keeps makeup shine-free for hours.
If you love a multitasking product as much as we do, trust us when we say this one takes the cake. Dab it on the high points of your face as a highlighter or apply it all over your skin as an illuminating primer — either way, your skin will glisten every time the light touches it.
Keep shine at bay all day with this long-lasting mattifying primer that won't clog your pores and lead to breakouts. The white-to-clear priming formula smooths and blurs the look of existing blemishes, too.
This unique formula has a creamy, whipped texture that dries down to a transparent finish. The marshmallow root extract-infused formula helps smooth and soften skin while hydrating, blurring imperfections and extending makeup wear for up to 16 hours.
If you’re team glowy skin, this primer is a must in your makeup routine. It provides eight hours of staying power, plus it contains hyaluronic acid and agave extract to give you an all-day dewy finish.
With its barely-there, non-greasy finish, UV Expert is one of our favorite everyday sunscreens. It also happens to double as a makeup primer and lightweight moisturizer. Whether you’re trying to simplify your routine or get out the door faster, this should be your go-to.
This primer is like a magnet for your makeup, gripping any foundation and concealer in place for comfortable, all-day wear.
We love this unique jelly primer that works to moisturize and tighten skin, practically ensuring that your foundation will go on smoother and last way longer.
Blur away the look of enlarged pores and fine lines with the help of this non-comedogenic primer stick. The lightweight formula dries transparent with a soft focus finish that stays matte all day.
If you’ve tried the cult classic Luminous Silk foundation, then you know that Giorgio Armani Beauty doesn’t mess around in the glow department. This hydrating primer blurs imperfections and leaves skin looking radiant thanks to its shea butter, rice bran and glycerin-packed formula.
Say hello to the primer you can wear alone on days when your complexion needs shine control, but you don’t feel like wearing foundation. Smooth it onto the skin to instantly blur the look of pores and mattify oil-prone areas like the T-zone.
Filled to the brim with shea butter and glycerin, this moisturizing primer leaves behind skin that subtly glows and is soft to the touch.
Infused with hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil and centella asiatica extract, this primer soothes the skin and gives it a radiant, revitalized glow.
Help control oil and minimize the appearance of pores with this formula that doesn’t feel greasy and won’t clog pores.
Boost the radiance of your foundation (and the skin underneath it) with this illuminating primer. Enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil and rice bran oil—this primer gives the skin a subtle golden shimmer.
For a photo-ready finish, look to this color correcting primer. Not only does it neutralize the look of redness, but it creates an even-toned base for makeup.
The ultimate mattifying primer for oily skin, this formula applies as a lightweight gel and dries down to an incredibly smooth, matte finish. Plus, it contains only six ingredients and has been proven to minimize the look of pores without clogging them.
This two-in-one hydrating primer and anti-aging serum nurtures skin and locks in moisture to prepare it for flawless makeup application. The best part? It diffuses the appearance of pores and doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
If you have oily skin but still want to look dewy, this primer is the pick for you. It’s both luminous and hydrating but doesn’t leave you looking greasy.
Midday shine is no match for this cushiony gel primer that blurs the look of imperfections. It hides pores and fine lines while extending makeup wear and fending off oil.
Lock your makeup look in place and keep it calm with this gel primer that has an instant cooling effect.
Even out skin texture, mattify shine and minimize the look of pores all at once with this primer helps to create a smooth, poreless canvas for makeup.
This primer is almost impossible to get your hands on — and it’s for good reason. It’s a lightweight serum-like primer that increases the spreadability of foundation and concealer and drenches the skin with hydration.
If lightweight, gel primers are your thing, you’ll love this pick from PYT Beauty. In just a few pumps, the clear serum-like gel covers the entire face and leaves behind a dewy, healthy-looking finish.
Unlike any other primer, this lightweight option melts into the skin and provides a burst of hydrating hyaluronic acid before absorbing excess oil with the help of innovative powder technology. The result? Blurred, mattified skin ready for makeup.
Take your skin to the next level with this soft-focus primer formula that imparts a gorgeous, radiant finish. The light-diffusing ingredients emit light around the face and reduce the look of wrinkles and imperfections for a lit-from-within glow.
Formulated with tightenyl, vegetable squalane, hyaluronic acid and eggplant fruit extract, this gel-textured primer creates a smooth, radiant canvas for makeup.
A three-in-one makeup primer, moisturizer and serum, this pick provides tons of hydration to soothe the skin while ensuring it’s prepped and ready for makeup.
Kiss an oily T-zone goodbye when you enlist the help of this lightweight primer that neutralizes oil without drying out your skin. Wear it under your favorite foundation or on it’s own — either way, skin will stay mattified.
The Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer is an absolute must-try for anyone that needs that extra dose of hydration. It’s formulated with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract and blue agave extract to deliver hydration and help makeup go on easier.