Editor-Approved: The 7 Best Primers for Sensitive Skin

Updated 12/01/17
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Thanks to Instagram, anyone can achieve the poreless #nofilter skin of their dreams. However, the right lighting can only do so much, and while there are apps and filters that can fake a flawless complexion, having smooth skin IRL is even better. Enter primers. They’re a divisive product—some beauty editors swear by them while others denounce them—but whether you’re pro-primers or not, we have a feeling you’ll appreciate the products ahead. All of them can give your skin an airbrushed finish while instantly waking up your complexion.

The best part? These products work (sans any irritation). Say hello to blurring products that are kind to your skin.

Keep scrolling to see the best primers for sensitive skin.

Bliss Un-Buffing Believable Smoothing Finishing Balm
Bliss Un-Buffing Believable Smoothing Finishing Balm $35
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This primer uses light-reflecting technology to blur the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The silky formula minimizes oil, leaving skin and makeup matte all day.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Face Primer SPF 30
Colorescience Sunforgettable Face Primer SPF 30 $54
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This primer leaves a matte finish while protecting skin from the sun’s harsh rays, making it perfect for applying before makeup. Since it’s tinted, it can also be used alone as a sheer foundation.

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector
Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector $35
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With a mixture of LHA (lipohydroxy acid), bark, and lentil extracts, this product not only perfects the skin’s appearance but also promises to improve its texture over time.

Honest Beauty Everything Primer
Honest Beauty Everything Primer $27
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We’ll put it simply: We’re obsessed with this primer. Hyaluronic acid and peony root reduce the appearance of pore size and firm the skin, while orange flower water provides a sun-kissed glow. We like wearing it alone for a brightening boost (on a good skin day) or under makeup any other time. Plus, it doesn’t leave oily skin greasy.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer $36 $21
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This cruelty-free primer is full of antioxidants to hydrate skin, smooth lines and wrinkles, and blur imperfections. Gwyneth Paltrow told us she thinks it’s the best primer on the market. Oh, and it’s made with certified-organic ingredients.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer $52
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Leave it to YSL to produce a primer that not only looks luxurious but also feels (and smells) amazing. Packed with four nourishing oils, this primer minimizes pore size and leaves skin feeling smooth without any greasy residue. The best part? It’s noncomedogenic, making it suitable for all skin types (yes, sensitive skin too).

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36
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This cult-favorite, oil-free primer contains a blend of vitamins A and E, green tea, and grape-seed extract. The ingredients help to reduce the appearance of lines and pores, leaving your skin with a smooth finish.

Now that you have the perfect base, find out how to get a flawless foundation finish.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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