Makeup primers serve a base for flawless and long lasting makeup application. To say there are tons of makeup primers out there is an understatement. Some makeup primers serve to maximize longevity of makeup while others focus on creating a visually smoother canvas to work with. I’m sharing 11 of my favorite makeup primers that allow for long lasting, smooth makeup application.
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This post focuses on makeup primers for the face. They’re broken down into three categories: blurring/smoothing, gripping, and other. They each are great for day to day long lasting makeup but if you’re needing extra longevity power, the gripping primers are a must! I typically use a combination of a gripping primer alongside a blurring, radiance, or hydrating primer listed below if I’m going to an event. On a normal day, I choose a primer based on my mood/needs that day.
Blurring Makeup Primers
Makeup primers that provide a blurring effect are my most used primers. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my makeup routine has been at an extreme minimum and I usually wear a blurring primer alone most days. I even shared a post about it on G&G, check it out here! Blurring primers smooth out imperfections and pores and basically give you that facetuned effect in real life and time. These are my favorite smoothing primers:
Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer – $53
One of the most pricey primers I listed but it’s worth the splurge. I love this makeup primer not only because it smoothes my skin but it brightens skin and has SPF! Don’t skip on the SPF y’all. If you’re interested in facial sunscreens, I shared my favorite ones here! This makeup primer is cruelty-free vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, synthetic fragrance-free, and has recyclable packaging.
Mac Prep and Primer Skin Refined Zone Treatment – $23
This makeup primer helps blur the visibility of pores and controls oil. I have a really oily t-zone and love using this in that area! Mac’s Skin Refined Zone Treatment leaves an invisible matte finish for smooth makeup application.
Cover FX Blurring Primer – $38
I reach for CoverFX’s blurring primer on days I need that extra blur effect. I feel it gives more of a soft focus filter effect than the rest (minus Farsali’s). This makeup primer is vegan, cruelty free, talc free, paraben free, fragrance free, mineral oil free, gluten free, Alkyl sulfate free, and phthalate free.
Farsali Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum – $54
Out of all the makeup primers I listed, this is the priciest but it works so amazing! This primer serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and imperfections so well, it gives me the most noticeable blur effect out of all the primers I listed. This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and free of synthetic fragrances.
Benefit POREfessional – $32
If you’re looking for a pore filling primer, look no more! Benefit’s POREffesional is a cult favorite makeup primer that visibly reduces the appearances of pores.
Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – $18
This makeup primer is the most affordable option from the entire list I share. It does a great job reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines, especially for the price! If you’re on the hunt for a budget friendly blurring primer, this is the one!
Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer – $36
Last but not least, this makeup primer also blurs imperfections and fine lines but dries down to a translucent matte finish. It’s cruelty free and vegan.
Gripping Makeup Primers
Gripping primers are my go to when I know I’ll be wearing makeup for a long time or going to an event. They’re reliable when it comes to longevity of makeup.
Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer – $30
Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip primer is favorite because it has an added boost of hydration alongside being a makeup primer that creates a canvas for long lasting makeup. It’s silicone and oil free and claims to provide up to 12 hours of wear. IIt’s also free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
Here are some highlighted ingredients (found on sephora’s website)
– Hemp-Derived Cannabis Seed Extract: Hydrates and smooths the look of skin while providing antioxidant benefits.
– Blue Agave Extract: Grips makeup, visibly smooths texture, and hydrates.
– Aloe Water and Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrate, soothe, and calm skin.
Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer – $36
This makeup primer also is hydrating and gripping but is a bit more lightweight than the Milk Makeup one. There’s something about the feel of this makeup primer I really enjoy!
Other Makeup Primers
These last two primers are great for different reasons – one provides a boost of hydration while the other provides a boost of radiance.
Too Faced Hangover Primer – $34
If you’re looking for a primer that provides a great amount of hydration, this is it! I love keeping Too Faced’s Hangover Primer in my collection for days my skin is feeling dry and flaky. It’s another cult favorite!
Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance Primer – $42
Last but not least, this makeup primer provides a beautiful natural glow. It also has a hydrating effect and comes in two shades – yellow and pink. Yellow is meant for medium to deeper skin tones while the pink is more effective on fair skin tones.
These are my top 11 makeup primers that I absolutely adore! Do you see any of your favorites? If not, share them below – I’d love to know which ones you love!