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The Best 5 Makeup Primers that I can swear by

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One of the goals of achieving a gorgeous makeup look is to keep it intact as long as we can! After years of struggle thanks to my Pro makeup classes, I discovered primers! I had no idea that the secret for a long-lasting makeup is to prep the skin with a primer! But keep in mind that it is very important to find the right primer for your skin type. See below my tips:

  • Dry Skin: Choose a brightener/hydrating primer. You’ll be safe applying a primer with shimmer if you want to achieve a super glowy look, but this is just optional.
  • Oily or Acne prone Skin: The best primers for oily skin, no matter the look you want to achieve are those with oil-free/oil-control/pore control/mattifying/skin equalizer. I highly recommend mineral primers for this skin types as well. Avoid at all costs using primers with shimmer on it. Trust me, you will still achieve the trendy glowy finish we all want.
  • Combination: Always have two primers handy (for dry and oily skin) and apply to the corresponding areas accordingly.

Now that you have identified which type of primers you should go for, I can share with you the best 5 makeup primers that I have used in my clients and myself and that I also can swear by.

1. Hourglass N28

This primer is primarily for dry skin. It is also a good option for more mature skins. The mint fragrance of this primer makes you feel so relaxed, like you’re at the spa!

2. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

This can be used for normal, combination and oily skin types. You literally feel your face as a canvas, so soft and flawless; it is actually my favorite primer.

3. Too Faced Primed Poreless

This can also be used for normal, combination and oily skin types. This primer does a great job with the pores and it doesn’t make your skin too dry.

4. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer

This primer is primarily for oily skin types. If you are looking for a primer that balance all the oils of your skin and makes it a perfect mat, this is the primer for you!

5. Benefit Pore-fessional

This primer is hands-down the best with pore control. There is no way you can go wrong with this primer if you have combination, normal and oily skin. However, if you have dry skin, this may not be the best option because it dries your skin once it is applied.


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  • Sydney
    December 2, 2017

    Great post! I definitely needed some recommendations, so thank you!

  • Annaliese
    December 2, 2017

    I think the only one I’ve tried of these is the Benefit one!! I really like the It cosmetics and Neutrogena primers!

    xoxo A

  • KatWalkSF
    December 2, 2017

    Need to check these out ASAP

  • Ashley Zeal
    December 2, 2017

    I need to try the Hourglass but I LOVE the porefessional gel!

  • Lauren
    December 3, 2017

    Hourglass primers are amazing! I need to try the others.

  • Taylor
    December 3, 2017

    Hourglasss makes the best products I swear!

  • Megan Elliott
    December 3, 2017

    The pore-fessional is amazing!! Love that one

  • LuxMommy
    December 3, 2017

    I need to try some of these, thanks for sharing. I love primers!

  • Jennifer
    December 3, 2017

    Always on the hunt for a good primer! Will have to try some of these!

  • lee
    December 3, 2017

    Ooo i need to try some of those! I only have tried the por- fessional! Thanks for sharing
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  • Liz
    December 3, 2017

    I need to try these! So many good picks!


  • kelly Fordon
    December 3, 2017

    I’ve been using the Makeupforever primer for years and swear by it, I’d love to try the hourglass!

    Birdie Shoots

  • Bev
    December 4, 2017

    I have been meaning to try the make up forever primer. I may have to try it out now.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    December 4, 2017

    Love this list! I need to try these out.

  • Angelle
    December 4, 2017

    I need to try out one of the last two that you listed!


  • Tara
    December 4, 2017

    that poreless primer is my favorite!

  • Julien
    December 4, 2017

    That one by Benefit has been a favorite of mine for years! It’s amazing!!


  • April
    December 4, 2017

    I don’t use a makeup primer currently, but you are giving me a good reason to try one!

  • Anna Baun
    December 4, 2017

    I’m so with you on the Too Faced primer! These are great choices, girl! XO


  • Gita
    December 4, 2017

    Thanks for the tip. I gotta try that benefit primer

  • Shannae Ingleton Smith
    December 4, 2017

    My life changed after I started using primer. These are great recommendations

  • Azanique
    December 4, 2017

    I need to try the one by Too Faced! So many great picks.

    -xo, Azanique |