Like a base coat for your manicure, face primers provide a canvas for smooth, even coverage. They fill lines, keep oil at bay, and give your makeup some serious staying power. So what’s going on with all the different colors? Each one tackles a different issue, from evening out areas of redness to brightening up a sallow complexion. And they only look that vibrant in the tube: As you apply, they blend translucently into skin, whether worn under foundation or on their own for a fresh-faced look.
Here, we’ve decoded 5 types of color correctors and how you can add them to your routine. Find the one that best works for you, below!
Sallow skin sufferers, this one's for you. Primers in shades of lavender or purple like e.l.f.'s Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer (above, $6; eyeslipsface.com) counteract unwanted yellow tones for a brighter complexion.
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