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How to Prime Your Skin When You've Run Out of Primer

How to Prime Your Skin When You've Run Out of Primer

No primer? No problem.

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It’s hard to master the fine art of makeup application without the ultimate prepping potion of primer. Our makeup looks ten times better when we go the extra mile using it. But what happens when we run out of this wonder product? We improvise, of course! Here’s how you can make the most out of other products you own to create a long-lasting makeup look. Keep reading to see how to prime your skin when you run out of primer.

Use concealer

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer

When you've run out of eyeshadow primer, opt for a creamy, full coverage concealer like Kat Von D's Lock-It Concealer. It'll create a nice base for the eyeshadow and keep a crease-free look all day long. Plus, the creamy texture will allow the pigments to glide on smoothly.

What Influensters are saying:

"This is a great concealer if you're looking for one that is full coverage and don't mind one that is a bit on the thick sided primula wise. With that said, I fell in love with this the first day I tried it because I was amazed at how bright it made my undereye area look and I experienced little to no creasing after 8 hours of wear. Needless to say this made my list of holy grail concealers in a day. The only issue is that because it's a thick formula, I think for me this a concealer that is better to wear in the fall versus the summer time when it's a 102 degrees out because it does feel a bit heavy on the skin. Other than that, I definitely will be repurchasing this concealer in the shade light 3, which is a perfect match for my skin, and another reason why I love it so much. The color range is one of the best I've seen because there is so many undertones shade combinations that it makes it easier to find one that suits your skin tone, and even a white concealer for lightening up one."

—Jamie Rose S.

Use aloe vera

aloe vera

The slick, gel-like formula from Nature Republic's Aloe Vera makes a great substitute for facial primers, as its formula creates a slippery base for foundation application. You won't have to use as much product on your face with the effortless, natural strokes across the surface of the skin. Plus, reviewers say it even helps with retaining moisture and reducing redness.

What Influensters are saying:

"This soothing gel works as a great moisturizer for my skin. It has definitely made my skin look brighter and has provided enough moisture. I use it twice a day, once in the morning and another at night as the last step of my skincare routine. It provides just the right amount of moisture without the stickiness. It has also helped with the redness in my skin and after using it for about 8 months already, I have definitely noticed my acne scars have reduced by a lot! It also leaves my skin feeling really soft. I'm already on my second tub of this so it shows how much I loved this product because it really works wonders on your skin. "

—Xiomara G.

Use sunscreen

Cover fx

A light, grease-free sunscreen can work well as a primer. This particular one by Cover FX works wonders under makeup to smooth out the skin before foundation. Not only does it protect your skin from UV rays, but it also won't leave you looking pale as a ghost in pictures! 

What Influensters are saying:

"I'm a huge sunscreen wearer. I usually apply a few pumps all over my face and neck before applying makeup. Although I would never forgo SPF (sun safety!), I do hate the greasy feel and look that also goes along with it. When I tried Cover FX's new SPF, I honestly assumed it would be just like the sunscreen I was used to. But one application and I was hooked. The formula is extremely light and sinks into skin instantly. And my personal favorite: it dries matte! You virtually can't tell you even put on the product. I'm really impressed, and very excited to have discovered this find!"

—Caitlin M., Influenster Site Editor

What products do you turn to when primer isn't an option? Tell us in the comments below!

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