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?

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  • smashbox - Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting Light

    Smashbox

    smashbox - Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting Light

    $42.00
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    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
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    • ingredients: Cucumber Extract
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    • ingredients: Glycerin
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  • smashbox - Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting Fair-Light

    Smashbox

    smashbox - Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting Fair-Light

    $42.00
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  • smashbox - Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting Fair

    Smashbox

    smashbox - Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting Fair

    $42.00
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  • smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Medium-Dark

    Smashbox

    smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Medium-Dark

    $42.00
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  • smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Light-Medium

    Smashbox

    smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Light-Medium

    $42.00
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  • smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Light

    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
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    • preference: Parabens-Free
    • preference: Phthalates-Free
    • preference: Sulfates-Free
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    • ingredients: Cucumber Extract
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
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  • bareMinerals - Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel

    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
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    • skin-type: Normal
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    • ingredients: Dimethicone
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  • bareMinerals - Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Medium

    bareMinerals

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

    $27.00
    • product title: Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Medium
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • spf: 16-30
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
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    • preference: Minerals
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    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • bareMinerals - Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Light

    bareMinerals

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

    $27.00
    • product title: Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Light
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • spf: 16-30
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  • PETER THOMAS ROTH - Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

    PETER THOMAS ROTH

    PETER THOMAS ROTH - Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

    $35.00
    • product title: Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Acne & Breakouts
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Acne Prone
    • skin-type: Combination
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    • skin-type: Mature
    • skin-type: Normal
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    • preference: Fragrance-Free
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    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • products-sale-tier: Tier3
  • Dermablend - SkinPerfector Anti Wrinkle and Firming Primer

    Dermablend

    Dermablend - SkinPerfector Anti Wrinkle and Firming Primer

    $45.00
    • product title: SkinPerfector Anti Wrinkle and Firming Primer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Anti-Aging
    • concern: Firmness (Facial)
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Mature
    • preference: Fragrance-Free
    • collection: Makeup Remover & Primer
    • ingredients: Avobenzone
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    • ingredients: Glycerin
    • ingredients: Niacin
    • products-sale-tier: Tier3
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Pixi - Undercover

    Pixi

    Pixi - Undercover

    $22.00
    • product title: Undercover
    • product-type: Concealer
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • collection: Undercover
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Philosophy - The Supernatural Poreless, Flawless Tinted SPF 15

    Philosophy

    Philosophy - The Supernatural Poreless, Flawless Tinted SPF 15

    $30.00
    • product title: The Supernatural Poreless, Flawless Tinted SPF 15
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Sunburn & Sun Damage
    • spf: 15 and lower
    • nocart: no
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
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    • collection: The Supernatural
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
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  • G.M. COLLIN - Sensiderm Cream

    G.M. COLLIN

    G.M. COLLIN - Sensiderm Cream

    $54.00
    • product title: Sensiderm Cream
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    • concern: Rosacea
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • concern: Redness & Irritation
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Dry
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    • ingredients: Beeswax
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    • saleallowed: TRUE
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  • G.M. COLLIN - Hydramucine Cream

    G.M. COLLIN

    G.M. COLLIN - Hydramucine Cream

    $51.00
    • product title: Hydramucine Cream
    • product-type: Moisturizers
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Dry
    • skin-type: Normal
    • collection: Hydramucine
    • ingredients: Lactic Acid
    • ingredients: Lemon Peel Oil
    • ingredients: Milk Protein
    • ingredients: Olive Oil
    • ingredients: Panthenol
    • ingredients: Vitamin A
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    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Colorescience Pro - Wild To Mild Complex Skin Bronzer (Trial Size)

    Colorescience Pro

    Colorescience Pro - Wild To Mild Complex Skin Bronzer (Trial Size)

    $7.50
    • product title: Wild To Mild Complex Skin Bronzer (Trial Size)
    • product-type: Bronzer & Glow
    • product-type: Bronzers & Self-Tanners
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • ingredients: Algae
    • ingredients: Aloe Vera
    • ingredients: Dimethicone
    • ingredients: Glycerin
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    • ingredients: Mint
    • ingredients: Peptides
    • ingredients: Titanium Dioxide
    • ingredients: Vitamin E
    • ingredients: Zinc Oxide
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    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • Colorescience Pro - Starter Kit

    Colorescience Pro

    Colorescience Pro - Starter Kit

    $49.00
    • product title: Starter Kit
    • product-type: Makeup Kits for Face
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • product-type: Finishing Powder
    • product-type: Loose Foundation
    • product-type: Facial Spritzers
    • gift-idea: For Her
    • freedom: true
    • preference: Minerals
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Spf 20 With Dermaxyl Complex

    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
    • products-sale-tier: Tier2
  • smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Minimize Pores

    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 - Photo Finish Primer Super Light Smooth and Blur

    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 - Photo Finish Primer Reduce Redness

    Smashbox

    smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Reduce Redness

    $39.00
    • product title: Photo Finish Primer Reduce Redness
    • product-type: Foundation Primer
    • freedom: true
    • skin-type: Combination
    • skin-type: Dry
    • 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
    • saleallowed: TRUE
    • products-sale-tier: Tier2
    • product-sale-fba: true
  • smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Color Correcting Blend

    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
    • products-sale-tier: Tier3
    • product-sale-fba: true
    • saleallowed: TRUE
  • smashbox - Photo Finish Primer The Original Smooth and Blur

    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