From large pores, to red and uneven skin, there are several things foundation primer can help alleviate. You might want a smoother looking complexion, or to reduce redness, or just something that keeps foundation put. Here's a round-up of the top foundation primers suitable for every skin type—although which formula you want is always up to personal taste.
Ole Henriksen's Truth line has gotten a lot of hype for how great it is at brightening skin, and their Banana Bright Primer is no exception. Based off of the banana powder that's often used in setting makeup, the primer can be used by anyone. It's particularly useful, however, to people who feel their skin might be a little sallow—whether it be from age or just a crazy night. It can even be worn on its own for a dewy, pore-blurred, no-makeup look. Have no fear if typical banana powder doesn't work for you because of your skin tone, because the primer itself sheers out to work on all skin tones, from darkest to lightest.
Marc Jacobs Beauty rarely have any products that are less than stellar, and their Under(cover) Face Primer has made a serious name for itself in beauty circles. The formulation, which was inspired by Jacobs' love of coconut water, has 5 different types of coconut product in it to keep skin looking hydrated and smooth.
While everyone can use it, this primer is perfect for anyone whose skin feels parched sometimes. It has a very thin consistency, so it's almost buildable, which is ideal people with combination skin who may want thicker primer on dry areas but thinner primer on the areas that are quickly overcome by oil.
Oil-free and infused with gold, this primer is luxurious and effective without breaking the bank. Unlike other mattifying primers, which can make you almost too matte and a little cakey, Wander Beauty's seems to allow your foundation to do its job without becoming slick throughout the day. It's not a product you want to use on its own, like some other primers; there's no point to that. Instead, it's what it says it is, a perfecting primer. If you want your makeup to stay in place and look like it's supposed to, without any grease, this one is for you.
If you had a late night or didn't get enough sleep, this foundation primer is perfect to restore hydration and radiance back into your skin. Coconut water is the base, which helps replenish moisture and promote elasticity, while it keeps your foundation in place and ensures that it lasts the entire day without sliding off your face. You can actually wear this product alone if you want to or underneath makeup, and it contains zero silicone, in case you have an allergy.
Makeup Artist Tip: If you're tired or hungover with puffy eyes and dehydrated skin, the best makeup look to do is minimal, versus trying to wear a lot of products all at once. Warm your skin with bronzer and apply a light contour, but don't go too heavy on the eyes with shadow. Instead of a smoky eye, apply champagne and bronze colored tones that brighten the eyes, curl your lashes and add lots of mascara to wake them up. Keep a face spray in your bag and mist yourself through the day to keep your skin dewy and soft.
People not super into beauty might question why a primer would be purple, but the purple in this primer is part of what makes it so special. The primer itself applies sheer, but the purple tones in it help the primer neutralize any unwanted discoloration. The tone keeps skin from losing its luster. Becca's formula also utilizes prickly pear and sodium hyaluronate to keep skin plumped and hydrated, without overhydrating so much as to cause acne. Dry and oily people alike love this primer for its ability to make skin look glowy, without making it look slick.
It's easier for primers to become overhyped, because what works for one person or type of foundation doesn't necessarily work for the next. This primer, however, is absolutely worth everything said about it. It can be used on its own for a basic blurring, slightly shiny effect, but that effect translates incredibly well under foundation too. It also manages to keep everything in place over the course of hours with very minimal shifting. It's a little more expensive than the other primers on this list, but if you wear makeup every day, it's worth every penny.