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Best Primer 2015

Hourglass

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Best Primer 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Hourglass

Think of this liquid as the best lingerie you’ll ever own. Like silk, it softens contours, allowing any makeup you wear to look better. Plus, says L.A. pro Sabrina Bedrani, “it has a matte texture so you don’t have to use much powder to set."

$52
Best 2014 Primer

Laura Mercier Primer

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Best 2014 Primer
WINNER 2013

Laura Mercier Primer

This lightweight formula is quite the understudy. It preps skin, softens pores, and fills in lines but doesn't upstage the star. "Foundation won't cake when you use this," says L.A. pro Kindra Mann.

$32
Best 2013 Primer

Laura Mercier

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Best 2013 Primer
WINNER 2014, 2013

Laura Mercier

This lightweight formula is quite the understudy. It preps skin, softens pores, and fills in lines but doesn't upstage the star. "Foundation won't cake when you use this," says L.A. pro Kindra Mann.

$32
Best 2012 Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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Best 2012 Primer
WINNER 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

We hesitate to call this a primer because it’s so much more-yes, it evens out skin tone, shushes yawning pores, and "creates the perfect canvas for foundation," says L.A. makeup artist Amy Chance. But the velvety formula is also teeming with antioxidants, so skin begins to look smoother all on its own.

$36
Editors' Pick 2012

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

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Editors' Pick 2012
WINNER 2012

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

The fact that this oil-free primer makes foundation last and last is almost an aside. Loaded with soothing plant extracts, this winner dials down pores, fills in lines, and makes skin look and feel incredibly smooth.

$42
Editors' Pick: 6.21.10

Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

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Editors' Pick: 6.21.10
WINNER 2010

Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

Work a dab of this oil- and fragrance-free gel onto clean skin and say goodbye to pesky mid-afternoon shine. The gentle, lightweight formula still allows skin to breath-which means your complexion isn't left clogged or stripped of natural moisture.

$35
Editors' Pick 2005

Estée Lauder Prime FX Color Neutralizing Primer

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Editors' Pick 2005
WINNER 2005

Estée Lauder Prime FX Color Neutralizing Primer

Whether you have ruddy, ashy, sallow or dull skin, this base counteracts discoloration, evens out your complexion, and brightens skin using neutralizing pigments and reflective particles. With a choice of four formulas, you might even be able to go without foundation.

$20

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur

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WINNER 2014

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur

This fast-acting finishing cream can be worn alone or under makeup to deliver a final dose of oil-absorbing silica and fade the look of fine lines and pores. Instant gratification junkies will be hooked.
 

$20
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