Foundation Primer

What Does a Foundation Primer Do?

A makeup primer is an extremely light product in either a gel, powder, or cream. Primers are applied before a concealer or foundation. Not only do they prep your skin and provide a sleek makeup base for an all-day hold, but face primers can also fight shine, smooth out fine lines and pores, and color correct rosacea or acne prone skin. It all depends on your personal needs and preference. Maybe you’re a diehard makeup user who needs 24-hour coverage (like with the Dermablend Jelly Primer). Maybe you’re a “lip gloss and go” sort of person who prefers UVA/UVB protection and a smoothed complexion (try the Coola Daydream Mineral Primer). Whichever you choose, these face primers are easy to use and provide the results you need.

Blurring Primers

Perfect for uneven or acne-prone skin, these blurring primers create a smooth canvas for your concealer and foundation. With the Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer provides long-lasting moisture and extreme radiance with its natural ingredients. We believe that one of the best primers for pores is the Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer, thanks to their use of salicylic acid to clear skin. Non-comedogenic ingredients like shea butter deeply hydrate, and willow bark extract keeps shine under control. All skin types and tones will benefit from using this Pixi primer regularly. You finish your makeup and can still see blackheads and pores beneath. We’ve all been there. But you can change all of that with the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, a dramatic skin-blurring primer that stands up to sweat and humidity for up to 8 hours.

Best Primers for Dry Skin

For complexions that need a bit more moisture, reach for the best-selling bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer. No more applying makeup to flaky skin, and no more uneven coverage! This is the best hydrating primer to give your complexion a boost with natural botanicals, and keeps your skin deeply moisturized all day. If it’s dewy skin you’re looking for it’s right at your fingertips. With just a couple drops of the Smashbox Primer Oil, you’ll find the perfect blend of “dry oils” like argan and jojoba. This super light coverage provides youthful radiance and supple skin within just one month of use. Feel free to use it on cuticles, hair, or anywhere else that needs a boost of hydration.

Best Primers for Oily Skin

Just like skin tones, no two primers are the same. Finding a primer for oily skin can be frustrating...until now. With the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair For Oily Skin, you’ll get the matte finish you’ve always wanted. Pores disappear, blemishes heal, skin brightens, and the formula actually matches to your complexion! The Stila One Step Correct does it all: It zaps redness, covers pimples, infuses skin with vibrance, and controls oil all day long. This is something you have to try to believe.

Mattifying Primers

The increasing popularity of the Peter Thomas Roth Mattifying Gel isn’t a coincidence: What this Peter Thomas Roth primer does is unbelievable. Developed as a unisex formula, it absorbs oil and provides an invisible matte finish that lasts all day. Looking for a quick makeup primer spray that supercharges skin and battles oil production? Reach for the Smashbox Primer Water. Maybe you’re trying to control outbreaks and need to control sebum production. With the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel, you get professional-level skin care with a perfectly smooth canvas.

Correcting Primer

If you’ve got red skin tone, a color correcting primer is ideal for covering acne spots or conditions like rosacea. For regular makeup users, try the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to Reduce Redness. The perfect color of this Smashbox green primer actually cancels out redness completely, allowing an even, imperceptible base. For all-over coverage, try the Mirenesse Tone Correcting Primer. The anti-aging skin care found within boosts collagen production, and the three pastel colors fight redness, dark circles, and brightens your complexion.

Under-Eye Primers

Speaking of dark circles, brightening the under eye area will knock years off of your image. The cooling sensation of the Pixi Undercover Crayon is a go-to for people who need to erase signs of fatigue. It’s an instant eye-lift! The Smashbox Under Eye Primer is never cakey, and you won’t catch it slipping into fine lines. Hydrate and brighten the ‘windows to your soul’ with caffeine, peptides, and light diffusers.

BB and CC Creams

If you’re looking for an even, barely-there glow, the Stila One Step Illuminate is the one step you can’t miss out on. Smooth fine lines, soften your complexion, and give yourself a radiant glow-from-within. Youngblood Cosmetics is an organic makeup brand that provides effortless beauty in seconds. Try the Youngblood Mineral Primer for a sheer CC cream that minimizes pores and keeps shine at bay. When you use the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Moisturiser (either alone or under your favorite concealer), you’ll build enviable color, even in the darkest months of the year. Zero self-tan smell, streak-free, and a natural glow? What could be better?

  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer The Original Smooth and Blur

    $36.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer The Original Smooth and Blur
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Grape Seed Extract
    • ingredients: Green Tea
    • saleallowed: TRUE
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    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Water

    $32.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Water
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • bareMinerals

    bareMinerals - Prime Time Foundation Primer

    $25.00
    • product title: Prime Time Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Minerals
    • collection: Prime Time
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Ascorbic
    • ingredients: Chamomile
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • ingredients: Vitamin C
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Minimize Pores

    $39.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Minimize Pores
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Super Light Smooth and Blur

    $36.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Super Light Smooth and Blur
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primerizer Travel Size

    $15.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primerizer Travel Size
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Moisturizers
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • freedom: true
    • ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Algae
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • bareMinerals

    bareMinerals - Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel

    $25.00
    • product title: Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Acne Treatment
    • concern: Acne & Breakouts
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Normal
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Minerals
    • collection: Blemish Remedy
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • product-sale-fba: true
    • saleallowed: TRUE
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    bareMinerals - Nothing Beats The Original Mineral Foundation 4-Piece Get Started Kit

    $34.00
    • product title: Nothing Beats The Original Mineral Foundation 4-Piece Get Started Kit
    • product-type: Finishing Powder
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Loose Foundation
    • product-type: Makeup Kits for Face
    • product-type: Tools for Face
    • collection: Nothing Beats
    • freedom: true
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Chamomile
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Vitamin C
    • ingredients: Ascorbic
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Zinc Oxide
    • preference: Minerals
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Radiance

    $39.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Radiance
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Bronzer & Glow
    • freedom: true
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
    • ingredients: Shea Butter
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • product-sale-fba: true
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    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Water Travel Size

    $16.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Water Travel Size
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Facial Spritzers
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • freedom: true
    • preference: Alcohol-Free
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Oil

    $42.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Oil
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil
    • ingredients: Argan Oil
    • ingredients: Chamomile
    • ingredients: Jojoba
    • ingredients: Rose
    • ingredients: Sunflower Oil
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • Jane Iredale

    Jane Iredale - Smooth Affair For Oily Skin Facial Primer and Brightener

    $48.00
    • product title: Smooth Affair For Oily Skin Facial Primer and Brightener
    • product-type: Bronzer & Glow
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Highlighter
    • saleallowed: FALSE
    • freedom: true
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Green Tea
    • ingredients: Sunflower Oil
    • ingredients: Jojoba
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Mica
    • products-sale-tier: Tier3
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Color Correcting Blend

    $39.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Foundation Primer Color Correcting Blend
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Normal
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • product-sale-fba: true
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light Travel Size

    $16.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light Travel Size
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • freedom: true
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • ingredients: Antioxidant
    • ingredients: Vitamin C
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Spf 20 With Dermaxyl Complex

    $42.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Foundation Primer Spf 20 With Dermaxyl Complex
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Sunscreen for Face
    • spf: 16-30
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Photo Finish
    • ingredients: Avobenzone
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Grape Seed Extract
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • Jane Iredale

    Jane Iredale - Absence Oil Control Primer

    $40.00
    • product title: Absence Oil Control Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • saleallowed: FALSE
    • freedom: true
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Beeswax
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • ingredients: Green Tea
    • products-sale-tier: Tier3
  • Smashbox

    smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Light

    $42.00
    • product title: Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Light
    • product-type: Tinted Moisturizer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • spf: 31-50
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • collection: Camera Ready
    • ingredients: Cucumber Extract
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Octinoxate
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Zinc Oxide
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • bareMinerals

    bareMinerals - Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance

    $26.00
    • product title: Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • preference: Oil-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Minerals
    • freedom: true
    • ingredients: Antioxidant
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • product-sale-fba: true
    • saleallowed: TRUE
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    bareMinerals - Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer

    $25.00
    • product title: Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Minerals
    • collection: Prime Time
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Ascorbic
    • ingredients: Chamomile
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Panthenol
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • product-sale-fba: true
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    bareMinerals - Supernova Space Glossary Makeup Set 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection

    $79.00
    • product title: Supernova Space Glossary Makeup Set 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection
    • product-type: Blush
    • product-type: Shimmer & Glitter
    • product-type: Makeup Kits Combination
    • product-type: Eyeshadow
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Lip Gloss
    • product-type: Lipstick
    • product-type: Eyeliner
    • product-type: Finishing Powder
    • freedom: true
    • color-family: Multi-Color