No makeup bag is complete without a great face primer—it’s a must, whether you’re a makeup pro or a total newcomer to the beauty scene. The purpose of makeup primer is simple: It helps prep your skin for your go-to makeup look, whether you like to rock bold brights, keep it simple with subtle nudes, or go all-out with shimmer and glitter (all of which, we’ll add, hold a special place in our hearts).
At NYX Professional Makeup, we have a wide variety of makeup primers to prep your skin for your fave makeup, including radiant primers for glowy looks, tinted primers to even your skin tone, and light smoothing primers to fill your pores and even skin texture. Bonus: The right primer can even help address your skin concerns, like dryness and dullness. Whether you prefer water-based primers or silicone-based primers, we have plenty of skin-perfecting formulas for you to choose from.
If you need a dose of moisture before applying your makeup base, especially on early mornings, try Plump Right Back Primer + Serum. It plumps the look of tired skin with moisture and absorbs quickly. For those with large pores, we recommend our skin-smoothing primer: Pore Filler. Formulated with vitamin E, it helps minimize the appearance of pores and uneven skin. And if you’re looking for a true multi-tasker, pick up Marshmellow Smoothing Primer. The 10-in-1 primer smooths, softens, extends makeup wear for up to 16 hours, hydrates, soothes, evens tone, minimizes texture, blurs lines, adds a soft focus finish, and keeps makeup fresh.
Prep your skin with our collection of customer-favorite, cruelty-free face primers for a smooth, streak-free makeup application. Browse ‘em all and find your perfect primer here.
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What Does a Face Primer Do?
What does makeup primer do? In short: It provides grip and helps your face makeup apply smoothly and evenly. Our lightweight formulas help prep your skin, so your makeup goes on like a dream (and looks fresh all day—and night—long).
Why Do You Need Primer Before Makeup?
Creasing, flaking, slipping, and sliding—these aren’t things you want your makeup doing. The right primer for your skin type can help address your skin concerns (like dryness or oiliness) and give your skin a smooth, even canvas for you to work your art on. Plus, skin primer helps make sure your makeup sticks around all day without fading or fizzling out.
Can I Use Primer Alone?
Face primers are meant to be used before liquid, powder, or cream foundation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them on their own, too. If you feel like rocking a no-makeup makeup look, smooth on your favorite primer after completing your skincare routine to give your skin a subtle boost.
Pro Tip: Some face primers can actually double as skincare (hello, multi-tasking!). Our Plump Right Up Primer + Serum provides the moisturizing and replenishing benefits of a face serum while helping to create a smooth canvas for makeup application.
How Do I Choose a Primer?
Which primer you use should be guided by your skin type and the sort of makeup look you’re after. If you have oily skin prone to shininess, a mattifying primer like Shine Killer Primer can help keep your skin balanced, not greasy. When you’re feeling tired (we all have those days), try a brightening primer like Bright Maker Primer to ditch dullness and give your skin a sunkissed glow.
What Kind of Skin Needs Primer?
Listen up: Primer isn’t just reserved for one skin type. Anyone can use it. There are hydrating formulas for dry skin, mattifying formulas for oily skin, and countless options in between. If you’re looking for a lightweight primer, try one that’s water-based. For a more obvious skin-smoothing effect, silicone-based primers are your friend.
Can You Use Primer Daily?
You can absolutely wear primer every day. In fact, making primer a regular part of your routine may even help your skin in the long run. Just make sure to use the right primer for your skin type, whether that’s dry, oily, or something in between.
How Long Should You Leave Primer On Before Applying Foundation?
You shouldn’t apply your foundation immediately after smoothing on your foundation primer—give it a few minutes to set before reaching for your base makeup. While you wait for it to dry, you can go ahead and get started on your eye makeup or brows. That should give you enough time to make sure your skin is (ahem) primed and ready for the rest of your face makeup.