Makeup Primers That Actually Work

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Makeup Primers That Actually Work
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To some, primer can seem like an unnecessary additional step designed only to make your morning beauty routine that much more involved. But fans of the pre-makeup product swear it's worth the application time for the way it extends the lifespan of whatever you put on top, so foundation doesn't fade, eyeshadow doesn't crease, and skin generally appears devoid of lines and pores. Which is exactly why we found eight primers that actually work and are all available on Amazon (meaning no aimless wandering around the beauty counters). 

01

The Multitasker

The Multitasker

In addition to helping ensure your makeup lasts up to 24 hours (which in itself is bananas), this clear gel also functions as a skin-tightening mask to give your complexion extra lift.

02

The Natural Pick

The Natural Pick

This lightweight liquid contains organic ingredients, such as glycerin and botanical juices, in a formula that's free of parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. However, it does contain antioxidant vitamins C and E, to help neutralize skin-aging free radicals.

03

Best for Eyes

Best for Eyes

If you've ever dealt with eye makeup that creases or slides during the day (think shadow that ends up on your lower lids), you need this silky cream. Not only will it lock powders in place, it also masks any discoloration on lids.

04

The Stick

The Stick

For touch-ups on the go, keep this mess-free tube close by. Sure, you can wear it the traditional way (under foundation), but it also works on bare skin to reduce the appearance of pores and even skin tone.

05

Best Glow

Best Glow

Made with actual flecks of gold, this light-reflecting serum imparts an instance radiance to skin. It also contains honey, which is a natural antiseptic, to help keep skin in good condition.

06

Best SPF

Best SPF

This oil-free lotion provides the sun protection your skin needs on a daily basis, which is enough to earn it a gold star. But it earns extra points for creating a smooth, matte canvas that will prevent your makeup from fading throughout the day.

07

The Drugstore Deal

The Drugstore Deal

This cruelty-free cream gives skin a potent dose of hydration that will not only minimize the look of fine lines, but also allow your foundation to glide on smoothly.

08

Best Tint

Best Tint

Available in four shades, this oil-free cream will help neutralize redness and erase skin discoloration, meaning it's perfect under foundation or worn by itself.

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