Five ways to prime for impeccable makeup application.
All good primers prep your skin for makeup application. All make it last longer and all add a layer of protection. So what makes someone go cross-eyed for one and turn a blind eye to all others? For insight into the matter, we survey the newly arrived primers and what makes them instant favorites (and why one of them might be yours). Consider it a choose-your-weapon primer on primers. MELISSA LANE
Stila Matte Perfecting Compact Primer ▸
Want a primer with anti-shine superpowers? You can apply this gel formula both under and over makeup to not only prime and set, but to also mattify. Used only under makeup, it smooths the skin for flawless application. Applied over makeup, it absorbs oil, blots out shine, and creates a flattering soft-focus effect.
Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer ▸
Need a primer that works overtime? This deceptively lightweight formula locks primer on for up to 15 hours. Colorless, it refreshes skin on contact with a cooling sensation, firmly holding pigments in place thanks to Nylon 12, a light-diffusing polymer.
Dior Airflash CC Primer ▸
Looking for flawless skin in a flash? This clever primer delivers radiance and color correction in an aerosol spray. While photo-smart pigments smooth over imperfections, erase shadows, and brighten skintone, hyaluronic acid plumps and evens out skin’s appearance.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ▸
Dry skin? This is your jam. With yogurt on top. This silicone-free primer—exclusive to Sephora—delivers intense hydration in a breathable gel texture. Enriched with ultranourishing Greek yoghurt, it melts into skin and works from the inside out to soothe and smooth.
THE SUPER SPECIFIC TUBE:
Clinique Superprimers ▸
Got a particular concern such as redness, dullness, discoloration, or sallowness? This collection is custom-designed to offer a universal primer and five tinted ones that each neutralize a specific complexion issue. Oil-free, these primers contain lightweight silicone polymers to perfect the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.