Though primer is one of the best ways (second to a setting spray) to keep a full face intact for hours on end, certain formulas tend to further dehydrate your skin, especially if it's already pretty dry to begin with. Sure, cutting it with a moisturizer or serum is always an option, but you risk diminishing its staying power. Luckily, a select group of foundation primers that come pre-infused with the hydration your skin needs exists on the market, simultaneously taking all the guesswork out of your product cocktailing and providing a flawless base over which you can blend on your foundation. Read on to see the 7 best hydrating primers we've found yet.
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1. Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
Though the superfood mix used in this primer's ingredient list would look more at home in your Whole Foods shopping cart than your makeup bag, they'll benefit your skin's hydration levels more than your post-workout smoothie.
First Aid Beauty | $28
2. Glossier Priming Moisturizer
If your skin tends to get especially dry, opt for Glossier's hyaluronic acid-rich option, which doesn't leave your complexion with a weird, powdery film as some primers do.
Glossier | $25
3. YSL All Hours Primer
Though long-wearing primers tend to be somewhat drying after a few hours, the texture of YSL's formula borders more on that of a moisturizer, so you don't have to worry about your skin feeling (or looking!) too tight or dehydrated.
YSL | $58
4. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
Even if you're not hungover, the tall drink of coconut water offered up by this serum benefits dry complexions all the same, keeping skin plump and hydrated for hours on end.
Too Faced | $32
5. Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrating Primer
Kat Von D's moisture-rich concoction enlists the holy trinity of jojoba, shea, and aloe, but remains lightweight because of the water used in its base.
Kat Von D | $32
6. Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer
This stick is rich in Alaskan glacial water and aloe extract, which work in tandem to provide ample hydration and impart the most satisfying cooling feeling.
Stila | $28
7. Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Priming and Highlighting Oil
Formulated with 100% argan oil, your skin practically drinks in the nourishing liquid on contact, which leaves behind a glowy canvas for your makeup to glide across.
Josie Maran | $48