Like its name suggests, Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow Face Primer is designed to give you the ultimate glow. Its formula not only blurs fine lines but also provides up to 24 whole hours of hydration, making it perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin, or for those of us who suffer from insomnia but still want to look like we don’t.
We might not have scored an invite to the Tarte trip, but we’re still loyal to their Base Tape Hydrating Primer. Infused with moisturizing jojoba, coconut, and vitamin E, this lightweight formula quenches thirsty skin and leaves it baby-soft. According to Figueroa, “It’s like applying a moisturizer, but it also helps your makeup stay put all day.”
Gray highly recommends Tatcha’s The Liquid Silk Canvas as the “most lightweight primer” she has ever used. Infused with silk extract, it hydrates the skin and also helps to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. To add to its benefits, this primer also contains pink and gold pearl that works to even out and brighten the skin. It’s giving quiet luxury.
Conveniently in a spray form, Be a 10 Cosmetics Begin 2 End Primer is packed with ingredients like coconut water to add hydration and refresh your makeup throughout the day. Unlike most cream or gel primers, it’s versatile enough to be used both before and after makeup application.
We love any product that falls into both the skin care and makeup categories. We’re looking at you, Kat Burki Silk Protein Primer. Hyaluronic acid and a silk amino protein complex work in tandem to plump the skin and leave the surface smooth and hydrated, while cold-pressed grapefruit seed helps combat blemishes and boost the skin’s elasticity.
According to Stern, the Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Perfecting Primer is amazing for anyone serious about protecting their skin from the harsh outer elements (like the sun and living in a city). And the best part? It’s tinted, so there’s no pressure to wear foundation afterward if you choose not to.
The Yummy Skin Glow Priming Serum by Danessa Myricks Beauty is a must-try for anyone looking to add a bronzy and youthful glow to their makeup routine. “This serum is especially great for mature skin as it minimizes pores, and adds hydration,” says Figueroa. Plus, it features the holy trinity of skin-care ingredients: vitamin C, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.
Don’t let the affordable price point fool you — Catrice’s Perfectless Poreless Blue Primer is a high-quality product that does wonders for the skin. With niacinamide as a key ingredient, it improves skin texture, blurs imperfections, and creates a soft filter effect (sans Instagram).