Why I'm Over Makeup Primer (and What I Use Instead)



In theory, makeup primer sounds like a magical product that makes all your poreless dreams come true. And, I’m sure, for some it is. Believe me, I know I’m in the minority on this one—but I hate primer. It’s meant to provide a base that blurs, perfects, smooths, and provides long-lasting staying power for the makeup you apply on top of it. Somehow, though, after endless product experimentation, I’ve never experienced those results.

It may be due to the fact that one of my first run-ins with a professional makeup artist (years ago) told me he didn’t like adding an extra layer between makeup and the skin. I want my foundation to practically melt into my face, not sit on top of it. They always feel too silicone-y, too chalky, too heavy—just too much. But I too want my pores to be undetectable and my makeup to last for hours on end. So what to do?

I researched, questioned, and sampled what felt like a billion products to find the right non-primers to do the job. Keep scrolling to find out how to use skincare instead of makeup—it’ll change your life.

Do you hate primer? Love it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And here’s more on how to make your pores disappear.