Celebrity Makeup Artists Agree These Are the Only Face Primers Worth Your Money


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Finding the right primer for your specific skin type is vital. If you have dry skin, you'll need a good hydrating primer in your rotation, but if you have acne-prone skin, you'll surely need a solid noncomedogenic option. And who better to ask for advice than celebrity makeup artists?

They spend more than enough time making up all different skin types and have acquired many tricks of the trade. They also know which primers are absolutely worth investing in and which don't live up to the hype. We tapped celebrity makeup artists Shadi Malek, Hailey Hoff, and Judi Gabbay for their best tips. If you're in the market for a new primer, keep scrolling for a few of the best face primers they recommend for every skin type and a few of our own picks.

How to Choose a Face Primer


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Primer acts as a barrier between your makeup and skincare. This is purely anecdotal, but I've found that using a primer is especially good for my sensitive, acne-prone skin because that extra layer of protection helps keep certain makeup products from clogging my pores. If you have acne-prone skin, you'll likely want to choose a hydrating, lightweight, noncomedogenic, oil-free primer. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil.

Those with dry skin, however, will want to opt for more hydrating ingredients or a priming oil that can offer an extra boost of moisture. It may help those with combination skin types to choose a light, hydrating primer to help balance the skin's oil production throughout the day and stop it from overproducing oil in certain areas. Jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid are a few ingredients that can help with this.

Lastly, if you have oily skin, you may want to try a mattifying primer, although this can be a slippery slope. Sometimes, oily skin needs extra hydration. More often than not, using a mattifying primer can cause oily skin to produce even more oil as it dries out the skin. Try a light hydrating primer instead and see if that works for you. And now, find the best face primers for each skin type below!

Best for Dry Skin: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Best for Mature Skin: Bobbi Brown 

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Hydrating Makeup Primer

Best for Combination Skin: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Makeup Primer

Best for Oily Skin: Nars Soft Matte Face Primer

Best Drugstore: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Pore Minimize Primer

More Face Primers We Love


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7. Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer

8. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

9. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer

10. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer

11. Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Primer

12. Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas Protective Primer

13. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

14. E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer

15. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

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

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.