There’s an ongoing debate about the necessity of makeup primers, but it’s hard to shrug off a product that provides a smooth canvas for your makeup while simultaneously addressing other issues. For example, maybe you’re all about that glow and want a sheer, shimmering veil emanating from underneath your BB cream. Or, maybe you’re seeking a matte finish that also tames acne. And, hey, we could also use a little extra protection from environmental stressors. Whatever your wishes, there’s are a number of multitasking primers ready for you to swipe on. You can start with the suggestions below.
Cover FX has an entire range of primers to address your skin care woes, but one of the most exciting in the line is Water Cloud. This weightless, mousse-like primer is the first of its kind. Not only does it defend against environmental stressors like pollution, but it also shields your skin from blue light rays, which are emitted from the sun and all the smart devices we can’t seem to escape. Long story short: It will make your makeup and your youthful complexion last longer.
There’s a lot going on in this new primer, which launched in March 2019. It’s a gel-based formulation that blends easily and settles quickly for a glassy base that your makeup sticks to all day long. It also boasts a range of super hydrating and soothing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, cannabis sativa extract (a Milk fave), and aloe leaf water.
If you thought charcoal was only effective in detoxifying face masks and whitening toothpastes, you’re about to be shook. We don’t know how their beauty wizards did it, but Smith & Cult created a charcoal primer that goes on black and then magically transforms into a moisturizing yet mattifying primer. Mind. blown. No black residue is left behind once blending, though black pearl micro-particles sit on skin to reflect light, blurring pores and brightening dull complexions.
First and foremost, Unseen Sunscreen serves as your broad-spectrum sun protection. But, unlike a lot of the bulky or greasy sunscreens on the market, it also delivers a silky, priming backdrop for all your makeup. True to the name, it goes on completely clear, is oil-free, and the inclusion of dimethicone helps blur pores for a photo-finish effect.
This one’s a splurge, sure, but if you’re looking to up the ante on anti-aging, then Aplyne Beauty’s PlantGenius Survival Serum is worth the investment. It’s formulated with potent antioxidants to protect your skin — including vitamin C, bearberry leaf, and licorice root extract — along with hydrating sunflower seed oil, hyaluronic acid, and squalane, plus skin-plumping peptides. The silky formula also has a hint of shimmer to it that imparts a youthful radiance underneath your makeup.
Bet you didn’t know sheet mask primers were a thing. We didn't either until we heard of Leaders Cosmetics, who is leading the charge with their just-launched range of priming masks. Each serves a different purpose, but we’re especially digging the Goodbye AC! option, which targets acne for a clearer complexion. It packs anti-bacterial agents to treat blemishes and humectants for weightless hydration. Wear it for five to 10 minutes, peel it off, and then apply your foundation.
Shush the shine without drying out your skin via this mattifying primer. The inclusion of oil-absorbing burnet and cinnamon botanical extracts paired with hyaluronic acid and camellia makes this a pretty exceptional formulation. It soothes and moisturizes while putting a damper on excess sebum production for a normalized base under your makeup.
This green primer from e.l.f. may look like makeup for Elphaba, but it blends into skin quickly to help counteract a red-leaning complexion. Because it contains dimethicone, it’s a super velvety formulation that blurs pores and allows makeup to glide on easily, too.
Whether you had too many margaritas last night, didn’t catch enough sleep or simply need a morning boost because, well, don't we all, this 4-in-1 primer has got your back (and your face). It’s basically an energizing smoothie for your skin, thanks to probiotics, caffeine, aloe, and coconut water. It tightens, brightens, hydrates, and soothes while coconut alkanes (an alternative to silicones) create a soft blurring effect.
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