5 Foundation Primers For Every Skin Type

Priming Your Skin for Flawless Foundation

From large pores, to red and uneven skin, there's several things foundation primer can help alleviate when wanting a more smoother looking complexion. Here's a round-up of the top foundation primers suitable for every skin type, find which formula works best for you!

IT Cosmetics

This primer is perfect for those who have larger sized pores and want to diminish their appearance. It also acts as a filler to help with fine lines and wrinkles if they too are a concern. Lightly buff a small amount of this primer into skin before moving on to foundation. The main ingredients found in this particular product are papaya fruit extract, hydrolyzed collagen and Moroccan lava clay. With it's oil free and translucent finish it's suitable for all skin types, even oily and problematic.

Pair this product with Your Skin But Better CC Cream and Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder More »

Giorgio Armani Beauty

This liquid primer has a velvety-matte finish that's perfect for smoothing out and softening imperfections on the face. It also has a light pearlized hue to it which helps to diminish the look of redness and rosacea, and gives a light finish feel to the skin, allowing it to breathe under makeup. Apply a pea sized amount all over the face with a foundation brush or sponge before applying liquid or powder foundations. You can also blend this product on the cheekbones if you want to add the look of dewy hydration and highlighter to the face. Need to set your makeup? Try this setting spray for a long lasting all-day hold.

Pair this product with Luminous Silk Foundation , Fluid Sheer, and Maestro Foundation More »

Urban Decay

One of the best eyeshadow primers out there, this formula is equipped with anti-aging ingredients such as Kalpariane which helps support firming, plumping and hydrating while Dermaxyl smooths out the appearance of wrinkles. Eyeshadow primer is something you should wear everyday, as it helps keeps shadow in place without smudging or creasing. You can also wear it under any type of shadow, whether it's cream or powder to help preserve the wear. Apply in a thin layer to the eyelid before moving on to shadow.

Pair this product with Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette, 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and Perversion Mascara for a long lasting eye makeup look.  More »

Too Faced

If you had a late night or didn't get enough sleep, this foundation primer is perfect to restore hydration and radiance back into your skin. Coconut water is the base, which helps replenish moisture and promote elasticity, while it keeps your foundation in place and ensures that it lasts the entire day without sliding off your face. You can actually wear this product alone if you want to or underneath makeup, and it also contains zero silicone for anyone who might have an allergy. 

Pair this product with Born This Way Foundation, Soleil Matte Bronzer,  and Natural Matte Eye Palette

Makeup Artist Tip: If you're tired or hungover with puffy eyes and dehydrated skin, the best makeup look to do is minimal, versus trying to wear a lot of products all at once. Warm your skin with bronzer and apply a light contour, but don't go too heavy on the eyes with shadow. Instead of a smoky eye, apply champagne and bronze colored tones that brighten the eyes, curl your lashes and add lots of mascara to wake them up. Keep a face spray in your bag and mist yourself through the day to keep your skin dewy and soft.  More »

Kat Von D

This primer is a water based formula that's also hydrating for those who want a sheer feel on the skin. When layering products on the skin, it's imperative that they feel weightless and blend well together for a comfortable finish. The key ingredients are aloe, shea, jojoba, and vitamin B5 which all work together to promote hydration, radiance, and a smooth looking complexion. This product works best on dry and sensitive skin types, and to wear underneath long wear full coverage makeup such as powder and liquid foundations. Apply it all over the face and then wait 1-2 minutes before moving on to makeup. 

Pair this product with Lock It Foundation, Shade and Light Contour Palette, and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick More »

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