Whether you want to blur wrinkles, keep your makeup last longer, mattify your shiny skin, minimize the appearance of those pesky pores or just want to inject your skin with an extra boost of glow – A makeup primer should be front and center in your makeup bag. And once you start using one, You will wonder how you ever lived without it.
Check out our edit of the 9 best makeup primers under $35 to try now!
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Honey Dew Me Up Skin Serum & Primer
This gel primer is infused with honey, gold and collagen.
This skin serum & Primer has innovative light reflective gold flecks which create a luminous look that will help keep your skin looking radiant ALL DAY.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Honey Dew Me Up Skin Serum & Primer, $16.99; Ulta.com
BENEFIT COSMETICS The POREfessional Face Primer Mini
“I use this daily for spot treatment on forehead creases and large pores around my nose. I love this product because it goes on silky smooth and lasts all day. I found other primers to feel heavy in comparison.
Even though it is a little pricey, I don’t mind because a small travel-sized tube lasts me around 6 months.”
BENEFIT COSMETICS The POREfessional Face Primer Mini, $13; Ulta.com
FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
A water-based, dual purpose serum, which helps protect the skin from free radical damage, while preparing it for longer-lasting makeup application.
Enriched with 4 superfruit extracts and Vitamin C which supports the skin tone.
Thanks to its water-based formula, this serum will allow your skin to soak up the supplements, leaving it hydrated without a greasy residue.
FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum, $22; Sephora.com
MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils Grapefruit and Chamomile
“Love this product. I use it under my foundation during the day and mix it with my moisturizer at night. Definitely gives my skin that hydrayed kick I need with the weather change.”
This unique oil can be used alone, under makeup or mixed with a treatment or makeup to improve comfort, emollience or wear of product.
Smooth 4-5 drops of this oil over cleansed face or combine with moisturizer or foundation and blend over skin.
MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils Grapefruit and Chamomile, $27; Ulta.com
TOO FACED Primed & Poreless Face Primer
“I’ve tried a bunch of primers most more expensive than this, but this one is amazing. It makes my makeup look great pretty much almost all day which is way better than before.
I still get shiny/oily throughout the day but not as much as with other primers. And I have super and I mean super oily skin.”
TOO FACED Primed & Poreless Face Primer, $30; Ulta.com
E.L.F. COSMETICS Hydrating Booster Drops
“This stuff is wonderful! I apply one drop at a time, usually using 3-4 drops for my entire face. It’s not greasy, and my makeup looks really beautiful. I have now tried it with several of my foundations, and I like it with all of them.
The bottle is pretty small, but since I’m only using a few drops a day, I think it will last for a bit.”
Can also be mixed in with hydrating moisturizer or serum foundation.
E.L.F. COSMETICS Hydrating Booster Drops, $10; Ulta.com
FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
“This primer has made my
foundation application seem so flawless and smooth! I tried putting it with my M.A.C foundation and trust me it worked miracles.
I live in humid Jamaica and it still works wonders and I recommend it. Rihanna done stole all my money lol”
FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, $32; Sephora.com
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer Water
“I use it after moisturizer, or, if I’m pressed for time, by itself before foundation. The trick is ladies — let it dry before your next step, don’t just spritz and start applying your foundation. It only takes a minute or less, especially if you’ll fan yourself.
I would buy this by the gallon if I could, it makes my skin feel great, keeps my makeup from settling into my 53 year old not-so-fine lines, I love it!”
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer Water, $32; Ulta.com
BAREMINERALS Prime Time Foundation Primer
“I have extremely dry skin and it is really sensitive, I break out with almost any change in make up. So if you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend this!
It goes on smooth and it lasts all day. It also seems to protect my skin from any make up or dirt from the day that may get on my face. It honestly is really wonderful!
BAREMINERALS Prime Time Foundation Primer, $35; Ulta.com