The Best Primers for Your Skin Type

Which is right for you?

Primers are like magical potions for your face. They hydrate, provide a smooth canvas, and allow you to use less foundation. But, with so many options out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to find one that is compatible with your skin type. Before clicking “add to cart,” you’ve got to do a little background research. From brightening to blurring, there’s a primer out there for every skin type and concern. 

Honey makeup artist, Suzy Gerstein, who’s worked with celebs such as Leighton Meester, weighed in with her expertise on some base-perfecting products according to skin type. Ahead, check out her guide to finding the best primer for your skin type.

For normal skin

Product: Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer

Price: $55 at Sephora

This makeup-extending primer is infused with five types of coconut to hydrate your complexion. According to Gerstein, “It feels like a dream on the skin, smells like the beach, looks transparent, and primes the surface for an even application and long wear.” 


For dry skin

Product: NARS Light Optimizing Primer

Price: $35 at Sephora

You can’t go wrong with the Nars Optimizing Primer. It’s oil-free and really enhances your complexion. Gerstein said the product “brightens, blurs imperfections, and keeps skin comfortable and hydrated without ever going greasy.”


For combination skin

Product: Amala Blue Lotus Purifying Mattifier

Price: $50 at Being Content

The Amala Blue Lotus Purifying Mattifier is a super lightweight mattifier that helps purify pores. “It absorbs excess shine in all the right places without stripping moisture in drying areas,” Gerstein said. “It feels refreshing on the skin.”


For oily skin

Product: Benefit The Porefessional

Price: $31 at Sephora

The oil-free balm is known to minimize pores and fine lines, all while keeping your skin extra smooth under your foundation. Gerstein said,“It optically fills enlarged pores and keeps the skin perfectly matte and flawless looking. Great for touch-ups over makeup too.”


What’s your go-to primer? See your fave on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Claire R.
Claire R.
I'm a Texas girl living in NYC and obsessed with all things beauty–hot rollers (so southern, I know!), lipstick, and magnetic eyeshadows are just a few of my favorite things. Follow me @clairehrodgers on Instagram!