It is widely known that the secret to flawless foundation, is a good canvas (i.e., your face). Besides a good skincare regimen, a face primer really gets the job done. It blurs, brightens, and perfects your face, plus it helps your makeup last longer and not cake up. Finding a good primer is just as important as finding a good foundation, but there is no need to break your bank on one.
It was only a few years ago that nary a makeup primer could be found at the drugstore. These days, drugstores are our first stop for finding affordable options that work just as well as their luxury-brand counterparts. These aren’t your basic, run-of-the-mill primers either—from brightening to blurring, there’s a bargain buy for every skin type and concern.
So save up on your precious pennies, and scroll through to see the best of the best drugstore steals.
This smoothing face primer creates a flawless canvas for your foundation. It gives a smooth appearance by filling in fine lines and pores, giving you that filter-in-real-life look. On top of that, it's formulated with light diffusing particles and nourishing vitamin E.
Spreads like butter and lays like silk, the NYX Studio Perfect face primer is everything you want, and more. It gives your skin a matte finish while making sure your foundation is spread evenly. If that's not enough, it also helps reduce the look of fine lines and large pores.
Glowing skin is all the rage, pretty much all year round. This face primer is perfect for an overall luminous and hydrating glow.
There's nothing more convenient than a multi-purpose product. This primer helps reduce the look of fine lines and pores, all while fighting against everyday environmental aggressors. Containing SPF 50, you can skip the extra step of slathering your sunscreen on before your makeup.
This weightless and non-oily primer preps the skin by smoothing out fine lines and blurring away imperfections. Its water-based formulation contains ultra-blurring spheres that prime without feeling heavy or clogging your pores.
This water-based primer is perfect for cooling you off during the summertime and instantly hydrates and soothes the skin.
This story was originally published September 8, 2016 and has since been updated.
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