The 9 Best Hydrating Makeup Primers for Dry Skin

The 9 Best Hydrating Makeup Primers for Dry Skin
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I have dry skin. Like, dry to the point where I can slather on two separate facial oils and my skin will feel tight and semi-matte after an hour. I partially believe I am half-plant, and my body is stealing all of my moisture through my face (it’s a working theory). But anyone who has dry skin knows how absolutely mind-numbingly frustrating it can be when it comes to applying makeup, because dry skin can be so damn deceiving.

Sure, it may look incredibly dewy and hydrated in the minutes before you apply your foundation, but suddenly, as soon you start blending, bam—little flakes appear out of nowhere. Or your skin will make it through morning and then crack and flake by noon. It’s super fun, I know.

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But don’t worry; hope is not lost. You don’t have to be relegated to a mountain of skin flakes forever, because beauty brands have officially heard our dry-faced cries and answered with an influx of hydrating primers. Naturally, I tested them all, and found the very best, flake-approved picks for the most Crypt-Keeper of faces.

Each of these nine primers work to hydrate your pre-makeup skin, while sealing in your skin’s natural moisture. And no, not one of them will desert you by the end of the day. Scroll down to see the MVPs, and then immediately test them out and marvel at your dewy, non-death-like face.

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E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, $6; at E.l.f. Cosmetics

Photo: E.l.f. Cosmetics

Laura Geller Spackle Treatment Hydrating Moisturizing Makeup Primer, $32; at Laura Geller

Photo: Laura Geller

Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer, $36; at Laura Mercier

Photo: Laura Mercier

Lorac I’m So Sensitive Soothing Face Primer, $32; at LORAC Cosmetics  

Photo: Lorac Cosmetics

Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, $44; at Marc Jacobs Beauty

Photo: Marc Jacobs Beauty

Pixi By Petra Flawless Beauty Primer, $22; at Target

Photo: Pixi

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, $42; at Smashbox

Photo: Smashbox

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, $28; at Stila Cosmetics

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Too Faced Hangover Replenish Face Primer, $32; at Too Faced

Photo: Too Faced

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