• What you put on your face before your concealer, foundation and powder is just as important, if not more. Get to know these miracle worker products that prep, treat and mask—you’ll never know how you went so long without them before.

    Benefit The POREfessional ($30, benefitcosmetics.com)
    A beauty balm that actually shrinks the appearance of pores and leaves your skin super-silky is a win-win for us. Benefit’s oil-free primer can be worn under or over makeup and it complements all skin tones thanks to its translucent formula.

  • Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist ($38, jurlique.com)
    Rosacea isn’t fun for anyone. Luckily, Jurlique just came out with a new line of anti-redness, calming products. Their ‘Rescue Mist’ is currently our favorite and not something you should live without.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel ($18, sephora.com)
    A clear gel primer for your brows should be in every beauty gal’s must-haves kit. Not only does it keep wandering strays in place, but it preps the hair for any powder or pencil product afterwards. 

  • Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24, urbandecay.com)
    There’s nothing worse than creases ruining a good smoky eye. Make sure your shadow stays put by applying a base first. Urban Decay’s potion promises zero lid lines for 24 hours and it contains Dermaxyl and Kalparianeto to ward off crows feet. Double bonus.

  • Hourglass Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42, hourglasscosmetics.com)
    In order for a lipliner, stick, or gloss to look its best, your pout needs to be free of any dry flakes. Condition it with an oil packed with vitamins and botanicals. Did we mention Hourglass’ tube has a 24K plated tip? Doesn’t get more swanky than that.

  • Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($20, livingproof.com)
    The key to making your hairstyle last longer is actually to use a primer before your other products, not just by piling on the hairspray afterwards. Living Proof’s ‘Prime’ extends your ‘do 2X longer, so spritz away.

  • Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control ($42, sephora.com) You don’t want to clog your pores with tons of product on the journey to better looking skin. Smashbox’s award-winning primer now has two percent salicylic acid in its ‘Blemish Control’ formula to treat breakouts and keep your face clearer over time, which means you’ll be camera ready whenever a selfie moment should strike.

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7 Primers That Will Change Your Life


7 Primers That Will Change Your Life

To keep makeup looking fresh, you need a great primer.

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