Do you use a face primer? Until recently, I thought face primers were kind of gimmicky, and frankly a waste of money and time. But, some new products came onto the market recently that have really changed my mind about this skincare category. Well that, plus the NYC humidity that seems hell-beant on making sure that all of my makeup slides off of my face as soon as I step out of my door.

So, what’s so interesting about these face primers? These nifty potions actually boast major skincare benefits, making them serious multitaskers. Whether they’re packed with SPF, laced with anti-aging ingredients, or infused with acne-fighting properties, these little wonders do way more than just making sure your makeup stay in place—they actually make your skin look better over time. Consider my skeptical self sold.

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Combo Control Milky Face Primer by BareMinerals

Many makeup products on the market nowadays have some SPF included, but few boast an SPF as high as 50. Slip this on underneath your foundation to ensure that your makeup looks perfect all day—and your skin stays healthy and ageless over time.

Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment from Cover FX

If you’re acne-prone, every step of your skin care routine counts—and now, you can put your primer to work by preventing blemishes as well. This his mattifying primer is infused with salicylic acid and natural fruit AHAs, which help to gently encourage cell turnover and prevent clogged pores.

IMAN Time Control Cosmetics Under Cover Agent Oil Control Primer

For oilier complexions or those with large pores, this pick from Iman Cosmetics is a godsend. Its mattifying ingredients are time-released, meaning that your skin is kept shine-free all day, plus you’ll be able to see noticeable smaller pores over time.

Colorescience Skin Calming Face Primer SPF 20

If your skin is the sensitive type (and you, like me, feel like you’re always battling some kind of redness for one reason or another), this primer by Colorscience may be the perfect fit. It calms the skin while it neutralizes redness, while also protecting your face with SPF 20.

Jouer Cosmetics Anti-Aging Moisture Primer

Lift and plump your skin with this hydrating pick, which includes anti-aging peptides as well as argan oil and shea butter to keep skin supple, and to help makeup glide on more smooth). 

PUR 4-in-1 Correcting Primer

Packed with probiotics, coconut water, and caffeine, this little tube’s ingredient list honestly reads like a delicious smoothie—and it is essentially that for your face. No matter how little sleep you got (or how many drinks you had last night), this genius formulation works to moisturize, smooth, and reinvigorate the skin.

Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfectector

Boating a “soft-focus finish,” this natural pick minimizes signs of wrinkles, age spots, or scars with its subtle tint, while moisturizing pumpkin and papaya oils infuse the skin with antioxidants to protect your complexion from environmental damage.

Bio Booster Facial Serum

I’ve loved W3ll People for years for their super-natural yet effective makeup, but this priming oil has really taken my devotion to the next level. A few drops of this turmeric and sea-buckthorn-packed potion, and my skin is smooth and positively glowing, even before makeup. 

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    Allie | July 9, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Glossier priming moisturizer is really good too if you are looking for something light! These look great too, especially the bare minerals one (they always have such great products!) xAllie

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    BeingIsabella | July 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I actually haven’t heard of any of these primers before! It looks like I’ll have some major discovering to do over the next few months! I am completely with you on this one! Until recently, I really didn’t see the point of using primers. I thought it was just an extra step in my makeup routine and the only purpose was to make my make up last longer. Little did I know it does a lot more. Primers have now become a crucial part in my everyday makeup and skincare routine. I recently tried out the new Bobbi Brown one and it’s quickly become my favorite! I look forward to trying these out, especially the Pur one.

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