The products in this list are currently the best foundation primers to buy. Ever wonder why there are times when however hard you try to apply your foundation, it still comes short of perfection?
Foundation primers were invented so we could achieve the perfect face makeup we all want to achieve. You may call it face primer, foundation primer or foundation base. One thing they have in common is that they all create a more even and smooth base to apply your foundation on. Well, at least the best ones do.
I have listed here the best face primers out in the market today. If you want to have a perfectly smooth, even and flawless base for your makeup, then check out the following products.
BEST FOUNDATION PRIMERS TO BUY
MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer
A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.
MAKE UP FOR EVER’S exclusive Equalizer Technology features Acti Tensor 3D, Hyaluronic Acid, and Regeactive, which help to hydrate, firm, and smooth the skin to create the perfect makeup canvas.
Prep skin for your makeup routine with MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizers, and address your skin concerns with this innovative makeup primer. Perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result, it’s lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation’s hold. This primer for all skintones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin.
10 Formulas to target every texture and tone concern:
Mattifying Primer reduces shine.
Smoothing Primer evens the skin’s texture.
Hydrating Primer restores skin’s balance.
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts.
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes.
Blue (Radiant Primer) adds radiance to light skin.
Pink (Radiant Primer) adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Yellow (Radiant Primer) adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Peach (Radiant Primer) adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
Caramel (Radiant Primer) adds radiance to dark skin.
HOW TO USE:
☆ Before applying makeup to skin, dab a quarter size amount with fingertips or sponge in a downward motion.
☆ Customize your results by mixing texture and tone formulas.
☆ Combine redness correcting or radiant primers before mattifying or smoothing, or you hydrating or smoothing primers can be combined before redness correcting or radiant primers.
☆ Finish with your favorite foundation.
BUT IT HERE: Sephora
HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer
A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.
It is formulated WITHOUT:
HOURGLASS Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer is a silky, lightweight, multipurpose primer that goes beyond traditional formulations by concealing redness, minimizing the appearance of pores, softening fine lines and wrinkles and shielding skin with broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection. It also repels water to keep your makeup looking freshly applied all day long.
The primer also extends the durability of any foundation or powder while minimizing imperfections while concealing redness (even rosacea) to create an even skin tone. The silky, weightless formula is not greasy, tacky or pearlized and it won’t ball up.
This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin imperfections and fine lines.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is formulated with naturally derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical sun-blocking agents. This water-resistant primer is also 100 percent free of fragrance, oil, and gluten.
Veil Mineral is not just one of the best foundation primers that you can try. You can also use this holy grail primer even without makeup over it.
HOW TO USE:
☆ Apply 1/2 to 1 pump of Veil Mineral Powder to clean, moisturized skin prior to concealer, foundation and powder application.
☆ It works with any cream, liquid and powder foundation.
DIOR Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer
A versatile primer that amplifies skin’s natural radiance for a beautifully luminous effect.
Dior brings you glow maximizer, a powerful light-boosting primer inspired by backstage makeup techniques. This innovative primer instantly brightens dull complexions, sculpts the face, and amplifies the skin’s natural light for spectacular radiance. Use it alone or mix it with foundation to boost radiance. It can even be used on top of foundation to sculpt, highlight, and amplify specific areas of the face.
Instantly brighten dull complexions while sculpting your face and amplifying your skin’s natural radiance with Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer by Dior. The luminous formula can be worn alone as a primer or mixed with your foundation for an extra boost of radiance. Its universal shade is designed to perfectly adapt to all skin tones.
HOW TO USE:
☆ Mix Glow Maximizer with foundation and apply over the entire face for a radiance-boosting effect.
☆ To sculpt with touches of light, tap the primer directly over foundation into facial contours.
ESTEE LAUDER Enlighten EE Even Effect Skintone Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
A multi-benefit cream for flawless, luminous, even-toned skin.
Even Effect Skintone Corrector instantly creates more flawless, luminous, even-toned skin. The ultra-sheer transformer gives you a hint of healthy color and creates an overall even effect, instantly helping minimize the look of dark spots, sun spots, post-acne marks, redness and pores while softening, smoothing and hydrating. By day it delivers high-level SPF 30 protection and powerful antioxidants to help prevent sun damage and defend against other environmental assaults that lead to uneven skintone.
It is formulated WITHOUT:
Estee Lauder takes skintone correction to a new level with the first ever EE cream. Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Even Effect Skintone Corrector is an ultra-sheer skin-transformer which gives a hint of healthy color and creates an overall even effect. It immediately helps minimize the look of dark spots, sun spots, post acne marks, redness, and pores, while delivering high-level SPF 30 and powerful antioxidants to soften, smooth, and hydrate. Tonight, awaken the transformation to naturally glowing, even-toned skin.
Light – Cool Light Beige
Medium – Cool Medium Beige
Deep – rich medium bronze for medium deep skintones
HOW TO USE:
☆ Apply on clean skin AM and PM before your Enlighten Correcting Creme.
☆ In the morning, follow with Enlighten EE Creme for SPF protection.
GIORGIO ARMANI Fluid Master Primer
A smoothing and transparent, ultrasoft matte foundation primer.
An innovative primer for the face that visibly smoothes skin’s surface, refines pores and creates a flawless canvas on which to apply foundation. Silky, gliding texture imparts a matte, yet transparent glow to skin. Smoothes away fine lines and imperfections. Perfectly even facial canvas for ideal application of foundation. High comfort and makeup hold application techniques.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer assists with smoothing the skin’s surface, refines pores, and creates a flawless canvas for seamless foundation application. Featuring a silky, gliding texture, it imparts a matte, yet transparent glow onto skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and imperfections. Get ideal application of makeup, high comfort, and extended-wear with this ultra-smooth foundation.
Works best when used before any Armani Foundation and when applied with the Armani Blender Brush.
HOW TO USE:
☆ Perform your usual skin care routine to ensure a cleansed and moisturized face.
☆ Apply a small amount of product to the back of the hand.
☆ Using the Arnani Blender Brush, begin application to the center of the face, working outwards to cover the entire facial canvas, in upwards strokes.
GIORGIO ARMANI Light Master Primer
A smoothing and transparent, velvety-matte foundation primer for the face.
Create a smooth and even canvas for makeup application with this innovative primer. It assists with smoothing the skin’s surface, minimizing the look of pores, and prepping the face for flawless makeup application. Its silky, gliding texture imparts a matte, yet transparent glow to skin, smoothing away the appearance of fine lines and imperfections to make room for ideal makeup application, high-comfort, and makeup hold.
Light Master makeup primer creates a mirror-like veil for an optical modeling effect by maximizing the cheekbones and arches of the face while toning down uneven zones. This primer contains a Micro-fil™ pearl that changes colors according to how it reflects light. Furthermore, it optically models skin contours by illuminating and shaping, leaving the complexion fresh and vibrant.
– Ideal for dry skin types because it contains ceramides. Mix with your moisturizer for a hydrating and illuminating effect.
– Apply before foundation to optimize foundation longevity.
– Apply on cheeks, forehead and chin for a highlighting and contouring effect.
– Mix with foundation to correct the tone of the skin, boost hydration and create an all over radiance.
HOW TO USE:
☆ Works best when used before any Armani Foundation and when applied with the Armani Blender Brush.
☆ Mix with your moisturizer for a hydrating and illuminating effect.
☆ Mix with foundation to correct the tone of the skin, boost hydration, and create an all over radiance.
☆ Apply before foundation to optimize foundation longevity.
☆ Apply on cheeks, forehead, and chin for a highlighting and contouring effect.
Source and Photo Credits: Nordstrom and Sephora
OTHER PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER:
LORAC ‘I’m So Sensitive’ Soothing Face Primer $32
Laura Mercier ‘Hydrating’ Foundation Primer $34
Laura Mercier ‘Oil-Free’ Foundation Primer (1.7 oz.) $34
MAC Strobe Cream $33
MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base Visage $30
If you’re looking for a primer that you can wear without makeup, be sure to check this year’s Best Primers To Wear Alone. Because we are all different, choose the one that’s perfect for your skin type.
What are the best foundation primers that you’ve tried? Let me know in the comments section below.
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“