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The Best Face Primers To Make Your Makeup Last All Day

"Don't you dare move"—we utter to our faces as we do the finishing touches to our makeup early in the morning. Realistically speaking though, come lunch time, our faces tend to resemble the oily meal we're about to have, eyeliner and eyeshadow smudged, blush and concealer a mess. Tired of the same scenario of having to re-do your look in the afternoon? Time to consider the genius that is the face primer.  

Watching top models, celebrities, and personalities on TV, you can't help but wonder how they look so darn good all the time, not a trace of messy eyeliner or faded blush. Sure, they have the best makeup artists on standby, but we believe that you too can achieve this level of perfection on a daily basis! Primers act as the very first step before any makeup, and is meant to make everything else sit uniformly longer. Plus, they also act as an instant filter for the skin, with its ability to color correct, blur pores and nourish the skin, so whatever is applied next can work effortlessly. So now, with all that said, would you consider a minute well spent added to your beauty routine? See our top picks of the best primers to try now!

Becca’s Illuminating Backlight Primer

If dryness is your issue, Becca’s Illuminating Backlight primer is perfect for you. It gives luminosity and suppleness for your face right under your foundation. Enhanced with vitamin E and licorice extract, your skin will be tightened, toned, and ready for that solid foundation.


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation

A cult favorite among makeup artists, this award-winning oil-free primer nourishes and perfects the surface of the skin, targeting fine lines and pores, while keeping makeup looking fresh throughout the day giving you that coveted polished look.


Tom Ford Bronzing Primer

This product feels absolutely amazing on the skin! If you’re one of those fair-skinned beauties, this primer will give you a perfectly luminous bronzed look with a sheer touch of golden shimmer. Insta beach babe in the city!


Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Ideal for all skin types, this primer will do a great job of keeping your foundation in place. It smoothes out pores and gives your skin a healthy glow. Plus, this product is packed with a lot of vitamins to protect your skin—a total package, indeed!


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

If you have oily and acne prone skin, this product is your top pick! Loved by makeup artists and beauty aficionados alike because of its UV damage protection and staying power, this product stays true to its promise as it gives you a smooth complexion and even skin tone, minus the irritation. 


Lead photos via Smashbox Cosmetics