The Best Expert-Approved Primers for Every Skin Type

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There seems to be a strong divide among makeup connoisseurs on whether to prime or not. Truthfully, it’s all a matter of preference. There’s no right or wrong answer, but it doesn’t hurt to add another layer of skin care to your regimen—especially if you’re a regular makeup wearer. Primers not only boost the finish and extend the length of your makeup; they also have skin-enhancing ingredients that actually treat as they keep your makeup from sliding off.

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Romy Soleimani, Makeup Artist for Streeters, whose works has been put to the test on many a red carpets, under blazing runway lights and during photo shoots in moody Mother Nature—shared her top primer picks for just about every skin type and concern. Find your match, ahead.

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STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Bioderma Pore Refiner
Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

Best for: Large Pores

Why it works: A combo of glycolic and salicylic acids in this treatment clears pores and exfoliates to help make skin look smoother.

$20, at Dermstore

Photo: Bioderma
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Too Faced Smoothing Face Primer
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Best for: Large Pores

Why it works: You can wear it alone or under makeup. Either way, it helps fill in enlarged pores to even out overly textured skin.

$30, at Too Faced

Photo: Too Faced
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Best for: Dullness

Why it works: It's like a highlighter and primer in one. Infused with three different kinds of crushed pearls, this formula diffuses light to give skin a blurred, lit from within base before makeup.

$38, at Sephora

Photo: Becca Cosmetics
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer

Best for: Dullness

Why it works: Brightening wild rose oil and pure Vitamin C in this formula work beneath the skin to clear up discolorations and generally lackluster skin.

$45, at Sephora

Photo: Korres
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer

Best for: Oily Skin

Why it works: It's like a blotting paper in a bottle. It absorbs any excess oil, without making skin too matte or dull looking.

$32, at Fenty Beauty

Photo: Fenty Beauty
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer
Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

Best for: Oily Skin

Why it works: You never want to completely dull out your skin—even if it's oily. This essentially leaves a satiny, not oily, finish. It also has a time-released hydration complex that keeps skin dewy.

$47, at Dermalogica

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STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer
Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer

Best for: Aging Skin

Why it works: A blend of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and pearl pigments work on fine lines and wrinkles while keeping your makeup in place.

$85, at Net-a-Porter

Photo: Dr. Barbara Sturm
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | REN Perfect Canvas
REN Perfect Canvas

Best for: Aging Skin

Why it works: It's a serum and primer in one. Pro-biotics help with cell turnover and agave extracts lifts and tightens slack skin.

$55, at Ren

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STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Huda Beauty Pre-Makeup Base Primer
Huda Beauty The Complexion Perfection Pre-Makeup Base Primer

Best for: Dry Skin

Why it works: Rosehip oil and dimethicone keep skin hydrated and makeup from caking and flaking.

$35, at Huda Beauty

Photo: Huda Beauty
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Kat Von D Lock-It Primer
Kat Von D Lock-It Primer

Best For: Dry Skin

Why it works: Aloe, shea and jojoba help lock in moisture and fills dry spots so that your longwear foundation formulas (which can be a bit on the drier side) go on smoothly and don't suck moisture from your skin.

$32, at Kat Von D Beauty

Photo: Kat Von D Beauty
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Cover FX Mattifying Primer
Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment

Best for: Acne-Prone Skin

Why it works: Salicylic acid helps treat current or lingering blemishes while a combo of Vitamins C, E and fruit AHA. It also tackles any hyperpigmentation from past breakouts.

$38, at Cover Fx

Photo: Cover Fx
STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Stila One Step Prime
Stila One Step Prime

Best for: Acne-Prone Skin

Why it works: It's oil-free and packed with 15 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—all the things that troubled skin needs before makeup.

$36, at Stila

Photo: Stila Cosmetics

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  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Bioderma Pore Refiner
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Too Faced Smoothing Face Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Becca Backlight Priming Filter
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | REN Perfect Canvas
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Huda Beauty Pre-Makeup Base Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Kat Von D Lock-It Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Cover FX Mattifying Primer
  • STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Stila One Step Prime

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