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There’s nothing more frustrating in the summer than applying a full face of makeup and having it quickly ruined by the heat. From sweat and humidity to the sun’s harsh rays, keeping your glam looking its best during the warm months is a struggle.
Luckily, that’s where a good makeup primer comes in. Primers are applied after skin care and before your face makeup, and they work to lock in your products by creating an even canvas. Available in tons of different formulas, primers can address concerns like hydration, color correction and sun protection.
There are plenty of primers out there to sort through (Sephora sells over 150 different varieties), so we’ve rounded up seven tried-and-true primers that shoppers rave about. Keep scrolling to shop best-selling primers ranging from $14 to $66 that are all sure to be lifesavers this summer.
1. Rare Beauty Pore Diffusing Primer, $14
Promising review: “This primer is perfection! I’ve been wanting to try out a new primer, and this one had great reviews. My makeup stays on all day without caking or separating — even after hours and hours, it looks like I just applied my makeup!”
2. Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Hydrating Makeup Primer, $36
Promising review: “I’ve tried so many different primers, and a lot of them dry my face out. I use serums, moisturizer and sunscreen before applying this primer, and it works so well! I wear makeup every day and even wear a mask to work and live in Arizona, where it gets over 110 degrees in the summer, and my makeup stays in place.”
3. Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Primer, $56
Promising review: “It makes my makeup look flawless, and I do NOT get oily on my T-zone, which is seriously a miracle. It makes my makeup look untouched for hours! I will never look at another primer EVER again!”
4. Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, $52
Promising review: “I have gone through every primer imaginable, and none of them worked against my oily skin. My makeup would just not hold up by the end of the day till I used this. I tried this, it’s been two days now, and my makeup lasts all day long. I work seven hours a day, six days a week, and my makeup has been untouched.”
5. Lawless Set The Stage Hydrating Primer Serum, $32
Promising review: “I’ve used it every single day, and it’s amazing. It keeps my makeup in place and my skin with just the right amount of dew, even while wearing a mask and dealing with 100-degree days in Texas. And the best part for me is that Lawless is a TRUE clean product!!”
6. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer, $66
Promising review: “This product is my current obsession! It helps with hydrating my extremely dry skin as well as [works as] a beautiful primer for my makeup routine! Makeup glides on so smoothly with this product!”
7. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Primer, $32
Promising review: “This is one of my go-to primers that I use the most, and it makes my makeup stay all day long. Without using it, there is a noticeable difference. Even in the hottest heat of summer, through my sweat, it continues to work. You don’t even have to use much.”
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