Fact: The secret to your glow-up lies in a good primer. If you’re not all that sold on primers just yet, wait until you see how perfectly airbrushed and comfortable your foundation will look and feel when you're wearing one. The most gorgeous glam starts with a good canvas, and primers are part of the secret sauce to a flawless foundation. If you have dry and flaky skin, applying a moisturizing primer before you work in your foundation will not only give you a lit-from-within glow but also hydrate your skin for hours on end.
Since we can't solely rely on our makeup to blur imperfections and brighten our skin, a good base is necessary, and the most hydrating primers are packed with nourishing ingredients to help achieve that. It's true: They can double as makeup-boosters and skincare staples. With drier months quickly approaching, these oil- and cream-based primers need to be on your top shelf. Scroll on to see the best primers for dry skin.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
It's not ideal when primers feel super-heavy and chalky on your skin. This oil-free primer does the opposite, offering a smooth, lightweight coverage that'll give you that Rihanna, selfie-worthy glow.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
Consider this coconut-infused concoction a winning primer for dry skin. Why? Well, it's packed with not one but five different coconut extracts. In other words, it'll feel gloriously hydrating on dry skin and create the smoothest surface before you apply your foundation.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
If you're in search of a natural skin-plumper without the annoying side of redness, this priming moisturizer is the one. The hyaluronic acid is what makes it so hydrating, and I can personally attest to the pillow-soft finish and dewy sheen it gives dry skin.
Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer
This popular primer is a favorite of many makeup artists because of its powerful skin benefits. Thanks to hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and vitamins A, C, and E, this extra-moisturizing primer aims to solve all your flaky-skin woes.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
Its name is a big clue that this primer will turn around your skin even on its worst days. When you're in need of a serious skin reboot or when your face is feeling a little thirsty, the coconut water packed into this primer will bring you back to life.
W3ll People Bio Booster Facial Serum
Wait until you hear what's inside of this all-natural priming serum: broccoli seed oil, jojoba, macadamia, and olive oil—plus, a bunch other soothing ingredients that'll feel ridiculously smooth on your skin. The brand recommends priming with this before makeup application or mixing a dollop into your go-to moisturizer.
Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Priming Oil
On the same all-natural wavelength, this pore-smoothing primer will give your skin a holographic highlight. Um, yes, please. This baby is made of 100% argan oil, which offers tons of skin benefits—one being that it'll make your skin extremely soft to the touch. Depending on where you place them, these drops will add light to the high points of your face.
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
Here's the deal: This primer is formulated with an extract called hydraplex that's made to help your dry skin retain moisture. The spa-like feel of its cooling effect is a plus too.
E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer
For just six bucks, you can spoil your pores with this primer packed with grape and vitamins A, C, and E. Yep, the most moisturizing properties are in this budget-friendly gem.
Honest Beauty Everything Primer
Who doesn't want an "everything primer"? Take this hyaluronic acid–filled pick as the answer to lit skin. With this, you won't have to worry about that ghostly white film some primers leave behind. Expect a sheer, golden glow.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer
This age-fighting blend of hyaluronic acid, pearl pigments, and antioxidants is everything your skin needs to stay flawless forever. We love a primer that makes your makeup look like perfection and saves your skin at the same time.
Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer
This hydrating, color-neutralizing primer offers a lavender pearl complex to minimize dullness and pump up the volume on your glow. It's a blend of prickly pear, sodium hyaluronate, and ginger to quench dry skin and hydrate for the entire length of time it's below the surface of your makeup.
Have combination skin? Up next we have makeup artist–approved primers for combination skin.