5 Primers You'll Actually Want to Apply
Everyone has a beauty product that they skip out on, or honestly, one they just have never used. Some of my friends say they don’t really dig eyeliner, others tell me they rarely apply foundation. For me? It’s primer.
It’s not that I don’t like it, at all. Let me tell you, every time a makeup artist has applied it on my face and then followed up with foundation, I’ve been more than pleased with the status of my skin… and how my makeup wears throughout the day. It’s more that my mornings are busy and I’m often racing against the clock. Ever arrive to your train only to have the doors close in your face as you sprint to get on? I refuse to let it happen again.
And because I’m in a rush, I pair down my products. Primer gets the boot mostly because I don’t have especially oily skin and I wear minimal foundation anyway. However, after testing out and learning about a few formulas that boasted extra skin-friendly benefits, I have started sneaking this staple into my everyday routine.
Presenting, five primers that will actually make you want to apply primer.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
I've discussed it before, but I'm picky with the texture of my beauty products. I usually prefer lotions or really lightweight moisturizers—fall, winter, spring, and summer. So the idea of putting another product on before foundation? Gotta be as light as a feather. This primer is colorless and blends like a super thin, silky moisturizer, yet it's helping my face makeup stay put throughout the entire day. It also has an SPF 30, in the event I forget (I know, not great) or opt for a serum that doesn't have any.
bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel
While I'm living for a dewy finish these days, I definitely haven't sworn off matte, especially if I'm having an extra oily skin week. This gel primer is perfection for those days, and it's actually formulated with my ingredient fave (tea tree oil) to fight against blemishes.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
Coconut lovers, listen up. Marc Jacobs outdid himself with this gem of a formula. It's actually made with five different versions of the fruit (think coconut water for hydration) to give the perfect base for your foundation. We call it creamy and smooth and hydrating and downright lovely.
Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer
Hourglass has helped me greatly in my goal to glow, and this primer from the brand deserves a round of applause. It comes in three tints, depending on the type of lighting you want to emulate, and boosts the overall glow you're looking for. It's luminous enough that sometimes I wear it on its own for the perfect (and incredibly easy) "no makeup" makeup look.
ByTerry Trrybly Densiliss Primer
Splurge it may be, but you won't believe how smooth and silky it will make your skin feel. It's kind of remarkable. It's also formulated in a way that helps to fill in wrinkles so that they're less visible, and it has a light-reflecting component. Because as we all know, lighting is everything.