I swear by face primers to keep my makeup looking fresh and staying put, especially when the temperatures reach triple digits here in So. Cal. I’ve tried a lot of primers over the years, but I keep coming back to these five time and again. If you’re in the market for a face primer, check out these top 5 face primers for long-lasting makeup.
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
I tried a sample packet of this years ago and was immediately hooked. The silky-smooth application provides a flawless canvas for your foundation and other face products while helping to mask imperfections and fill in fine lines. You can wear it alone or under makeup, but however you choose to use this your skin will look absolutely gorgeous.
($17/0.5 oz, Sephora)
2. e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer
As far as the best drugstore primers go, this is the best I’ve tried – seriously. I know that many women have a love/hate relationship with e.l.f. products, but I have had great results with their face primer. It feels silky when you put it on, and it even helps mask oil and dryness. Even if I don’t wear foundation, I like to apply this after moisturizer for a smoother-looking complexion.
3. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
This face primer was actually scientifically designed to be worn under foundation, bronzers, and other face makeup to achieve a truly flawless face. You can also wear this primer alone for a smooth, line-free complexion without having to worry about makeup. Overall, I was super happy with the performance of this primer and like how it makes my skin look more radiant.
4. Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer
Another budget-friendly winner, this foundation primer from Rimmel London is what I reach for when I’m out of my other favorites. For a drugstore primer, this one works very well. Not only does it help my makeup last all day, but it minimizes the size of my pores and makes my skin look and feel softer and smoother.
5. Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne & Shine Control
I was able to try a deluxe sample of this via Beauty Bar’s Sample Society program, and it works great when I am dealing with the occasional frustrating bout of acne. Luckily, I don’t routinely suffer from pimples but when I do I’ll definitely want this primer on hand. Not only does it cut down on shine, but it helps control my breakouts while leaving my skin smooth and flawless-looking, too.
Did one of your favorite face primers make the list? If not, be sure to share what YOUR favorite foundation primer is in the comments.