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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?

  • bareMinerals

    Primer, Finishing Powder & Lip Lacquer Trio

    $15.00
    • product title: Primer, Finishing Powder & Lip Lacquer Trio
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Finishing Powder
    • product-type: Lipstick
    • gift-idea: For Her
    • gift-idea: Makeup Gifts
    • Color Family: Nude
    • Ingredients: Jojoba
    • Ingredients: Algae
    • Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • Ingredients: Mica
    • Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • Ingredients: Vitamin E
    • Ingredients: Vitamin C
    • Ingredients: Dimethicone
    • Ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • Ingredients: Chamomile
    • Ingredients: Ascorbic
    • Ingredients: Tocopherol
    • Preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • Preference: Minerals
    • gift-idea: Stocking Stuffers
  • Mirenesse Cosmetics

    Pore Perfect CCP Primer

    $27.30
    • product title: Pore Perfect CCP Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Enlarged Pores & Blackheads
    • concern: Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone
    • Color Family: Nude
    • Ingredients: Vitamin A
    • Ingredients: Vitamin C
    • Ingredients: Vitamin E
    • Ingredients: Antioxidant
    • Ingredients: Glycerin
    • Ingredients: Dimethicone
    • Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • Ingredients: Rose
    • Ingredients: Ginseng
    • Preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • Preference: Gluten-Free
    • Preference: Parabens-Free
    • Preference: Phthalates-Free
    • Preference: Alcohol-Free
    • Preference: Sulfates-Free
    • Skin Type: Sensitive
    • Skin Type: Normal
  • Mirenesse Cosmetics

    Endless Youth Instant Filler 15G

    $27.30
    • product title: Endless Youth Instant Filler 15G
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Wrinkles & Fine Lines
    • Color Family: Nude
    • Color Family: Neutral
    • Ingredients: Vitamin A
    • Ingredients: Vitamin C
    • Ingredients: Vitamin E
    • Ingredients: Antioxidant
    • Ingredients: Glycerin
    • Ingredients: Dimethicone
    • Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • Ingredients: Ginseng
    • Preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • Preference: Gluten-Free
    • Preference: Parabens-Free
    • Preference: Phthalates-Free
    • Preference: Alcohol-Free
    • Preference: Sulfates-Free
    • Preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • Skin Type: Sensitive
    • Skin Type: Normal
  • Smashbox

    Photo Finish Primer Oil & Shine Control 1 oz.

    $39.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Oil & Shine Control 1 oz.
    • concern: Acne & Breakouts
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • Ingredients: Witch Hazel
    • Ingredients: Salicylic Acid
    • Ingredients: Dimethicone
    • Ingredients: Tocopherol
    • Ingredients: Glycerin
    • Ingredients: Zinc Oxide
    • Preference: Oil-Free
    • Preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • Preference: Parabens-Free
    • Preference: Phthalates-Free
    • Preference: Sulfates-Free
  • Smashbox

    Photo Finish Primer Vitamin Glow 1 oz.

    $39.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Vitamin Glow 1 oz.
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Dull Complexion
    • concern: Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone
    • Ingredients: Vitamin C
    • Ingredients: Vitamin E
    • Ingredients: Antioxidant
    • Ingredients: Glycerin
    • Ingredients: Dimethicone
    • Ingredients: Tocopherol
    • Ingredients: Orange Peel Oil
    • Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • Preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • Preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • Preference: Gluten-Free
  • EpiLynx

    Gold Liquid Face Primer and Moisturizer

    $30.00
    • product title: Gold Liquid Face Primer and Moisturizer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Moisturizers
    • product-type: Serums
    • concern: Dull Complexion
    • concern: Firmness (Facial)
    • concern: Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone
    • ingredients: Antioxidant
    • preference: Gluten-Free
    • preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • preference: Organic
  • Jane Iredale

    Smooth Affair For Oily Skin Facial Primer and Brightener

    $50.00
    • product title: Smooth Affair For Oily Skin Facial Primer and Brightener
    • product-type: Bronzer & Glow
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Highlighter
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Green Tea
    • ingredients: Sunflower Oil
    • ingredients: Jojoba
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Mica
    • Preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
  • Jane Iredale

    Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener

    $50.00
    • product title: Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
    • product-type: Bronzer & Glow
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Highlighter
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Green Tea
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • ingredients: Sunflower Oil
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • Preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
  • TAHNYC

    Silk

    $38.00
    • product title: Silk
    • product-type: Finishing Powder
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Sensitive
  • MS Glamour

    Camera Ready Primer

    $42.99
    • product title: Camera Ready Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • color-family: Nude
    • color-family: Clear
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Combination
  • BORGHESE

    Prima Viso Face Primer

    $28.00
    • product title: Prima Viso Face Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Age Spots & Brown Spots
    • concern: Dull Complexion
    • concern: Firmness (Facial)
    • concern: Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Combination
  • Lord & Berry

    SKIN CONTROL Mattifying/Blurring Primer

    $45.00
    • product title: SKIN CONTROL Mattifying/Blurring Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • local-sku: NLBE000110S00
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Combination
  • Namaka

    ULU - Daily Primer

    $28.00
    • product title: ULU - Daily Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
    • ingredients: Rose
    • ingredients: Retinol
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Vitamin C
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Chamomile
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Gluten-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • preference: Natural
    • local-sku: NNAM000006S00
  • StriVectin

    Anti-Wrinkle LineBLURfector Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer 1 oz.

    $39.00
    • product title: Anti-Wrinkle LineBLURfector Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer 1 oz.
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone
    • concern: Wrinkles & Fine Lines
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Oily
    • local-sku: NSTR000121S00
  • REN

    Perfect Canvas Clean Primer 1 oz.

    $45.00
    • product title: Perfect Canvas Clean Primer 1 oz.
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Wrinkles & Fine Lines
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Lactic Acid
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Combination
    • local-sku: NREN000121S00
  • REN

    Perfect Canvas Limited Edition Artist Series 1 oz.

    $45.00
    • product title: Perfect Canvas Limited Edition Artist Series 1 oz.
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Serums
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Lactic Acid
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Combination
    • local-sku: NREN000129S00
  • Bele MakeUp Italia

    b.One Eye Primer

    $21.00
    • product title: b.One Eye Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Antioxidant
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Mica
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • local-sku: NBMI000004S00
  • Bele MakeUp Italia

    b.One Face Primer

    $29.00
    • product title: b.One Face Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Argan Oil
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • local-sku: NBMI000006S00
  • bareMinerals

    Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    $27.00
    • product title: Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • collection: Prime Time
    • freedom: False
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • ingredients: Zinc Oxide
    • ingredients: Panthenol
    • preference: Minerals
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • color-family: Brown
    • color-family: Nude
    • color-family: Neutral
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • preference: Gluten-Free
    • preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • spf: 16-30
    • local-sku: NBRM000823P00
  • 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: False
    • 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
    • local-sku: NBRM000824P00
  • Philosophy

    Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Line-Correcting Primer

    $38.00
    • product title: Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Line-Correcting Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Anti-Aging
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • ingredients: Vitamin C
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • skin-type: Mature
    • ebayprice: 35.21
    • local-sku: NPHI000862S00
  • thisworks

    In Transit Camera Close-Up 1.35 oz.

    $55.00
    • product title: In Transit Camera Close-Up 1.35 oz.
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • ingredients: Antioxidant
    • ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Shea Butter
    • ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    • ingredients: Argan Oil
    • ingredients: Borage Seed Oil
    • ingredients: Rose
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • ingredients: Mica
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Mature
    • marketplace-allowed: true
    • ingredients: Mint
    • local-sku: NTHS000038S00
  • St. Tropez

    Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Tinted Moisturiser + Primer

    $30.00
    • product title: Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Tinted Moisturiser + Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Tinted Moisturizer
    • product-type: Bronzers & Self-Tanners
    • concern: Hyperpigmentation & Uneven Skin Tone
    • freedom: False
    • ec-scott: true
    • ebayprice: 27.51
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Tocopherol
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Sensitive
    • skin-type: Oily
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Normal
    • skin-type: Mature
    • local-sku: NSPZ000054S00
  • Smashbox

    Photo Finish Foundation Primer Protect SPF 20

    $42.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Foundation Primer Protect SPF 20
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Sunscreen for Face
    • ingredients: Antioxidant
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Green Tea
    • ingredients: Avobenzone
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Grape Seed Extract
    • preference: Vegan-Friendly
    • preference: Certified Cruelty-Free
    • local-sku: NSMH000566S00