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!