Buy Now, Use This Weekend: 8 Sweat-Proof Primers to Keep Your Face Intact

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Not to knock our body's natural air conditioning system, but there's a serious downside to the sweat-prone summer months: Namely that as the mercury skyrockets, our face becomes a slip-n-slide that renders the time we spent putting on our makeup a complete waste. That's why stocking up on mattifying, long-wear products is an absolute must this time of year—and that all starts with a reliable primer.

With the proper base, your makeup won’t budge—even in sauna-like conditions or after the most grueling SoulCycle class. Beyond that, the best primers also function as IRL Instagram filters, blurring imperfections, smoothing pores, and even offering a subtle glow. With all this in mind, we’ve rounded up the eight best primers on Amazon to withstand whatever this weekend throws at you—and we do mean this weekend, since they're all available with Prime's two-day shipping.

Happy shopping!

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Primer
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base $18
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Don't be fooled by this drugstore makeup primer—it may have a friendly price tag, but it belongs right up there with our favorite high-end options. The silky, lightweight formula has a silicone texture that helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines, pores, and wrinkles.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer $37
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This cult-favorite primer has garnered quite the name for itself, and for good reason. The silky formula will camouflage devious pores, blur fine lines, and absorb excess oil. Need we say more?

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $35
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Say goodbye to your blotting papers with this lightweight primer. Apply before or after your foundation to keep your makeup intact even in the steamiest of climates. Did we mention it gives an instant skin-tightening effect?

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer $25
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Let's talk about eyeshadow in specifics for a second, shall we? This water-resistant primer won't fade, crease, or smudge despite the humidity and sweat that comes with summer. Basically, it'll guarantee your eye makeup looks camera-ready at any hour. Your summer selfies will thank you!

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer
Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer $10
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Another drugstore primer we can't look past, this tried-and-true formula has been keeping us shine-free since our high school years. The lightweight primer helps to minimize the appearance of pores while mattifying your complexion.

jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener $60
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Combining makeup and skincare? Yes, please! This primer helps even your skin tone and minimizes pores while providing anti-aging benefits.

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer
e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer $8
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This affordable makeup primer is worthy of a spot among the very best with its vegan and cruelty-free formula. The primer helps your makeup last all day, but it'll also give your skin a boost of hydration.

TULA Skincare Brighten Up Smoothing Primer Gel
TULA Skincare Brighten Up Smoothing Primer Gel $34
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Looking for a non-comedogenic option? Look no further than this primer from TULA Skincare. The silicone-free formula won't clog your pores while creating a smooth base for your makeup.

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