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15 Best Face Primers 2024 to Blur Pores and Extend Makeup, Tested & Reviewed

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Editor Tip: To use as a cleansing milk, apply a generous amount onto the skin as you would a makeup-removing lotion. To use as a face mask, apply a thick layer onto the skin for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.

Key Ingredients: Beeswax, aloe vera, and shea butter | Who It’s Good for: Those strapped for time | Finish: Radiant

Best for Dry Skin: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Hydra Booster Primer

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Hydra Booster Primer

Why It’s Worth It: Named an Allure Best of Beauty winner in 2021, Make Up For Ever Step 1 Prima Hydra Booster Primer is a staff favorite. “This product feels more like a hydrating serum than a typical primer and gives my stressed complexion a much-needed wake-up call every morning,” commerce editor Sarah Han says. Glycerin brings serious moisture to the skin and ginseng does it all, including reducing redness, brightening up dull skin, and firming up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Editor Tip: Because it has the texture of a serum, you can easily mix it into your moisturizer or foundation of choice for a more seamless and natural finish.

Key Ingredients: Ginseng, glycerin | Who It’s Good for: People who need extra moisture | Finish: Radiant

Best for Smoothing Texture: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Primer

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Primer

Why It’s Worth It: A perfect makeup look calls for a perfectly primed canvas, and Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas Primer delivers just that. “This is a silicone-based primer that has the ability to truly fill in pores under makeup,” says celebrity makeup artist Courtney Hart. “If I am working with someone who has texture or bigger pores this is my go-to for smoothing and filling in.” The priming balm acts as a barrier layer between skin and makeup, so folks with acne-prone or sensitive skin don’t need to worry about clogged pores.

Editor Tip: It comes with a flat, round spatula that you use to scoop the product, keeping it clean.

Key Ingredients: Glycerin, squalane, camellia leaf extract | Who It’s Good for: Anyone who wants a smooth base for easier foundation application | Finish: Matte

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