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5 Moisturizers That Double As Primers for Makeup

Kara Jillian Brown

Kara Jillian BrownMarch 2, 2020

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The two-in-one shampoo and conditioner in my boyfriend’s shower always makes me a little jealous. Imagine having a routine so simple that washing your hair is a one-step job. My eight-step morning skincare routine could never, but there is one way to cut down on time that’s actually worth it: using a moisturizer that doubles as a primer.

“Primers are a targeted fix; moisturizer is a necessity,” says makeup artist Mary Irwin. “If I need the makeup to last a long time, or if someone has large pores, or gets very shiny or oily then I definitely prime.”

Irwin says she considers primer a part of the skin preparation before applying makeup. You have to asses your skin, and see what needs, and find a primer that fits.  If you’re dry, she says you’ll want a hydrating primer. If you’re oily, an oil-controlling primer or even a balancing moisturizer will help your makeup stay put.

When your moisturizer doubles as a primer, you can make your routine a little bit faster. Shop our favorite moisturizing primers below.

The best moisturizing primers for a flawless finish

1. DR. JART+ V7 PRIMING MOISTURIZER, $48

 

Dr. Jart+ V7 Priming Moisturizer, best moisturizing primers

This vitamin-infused moisturizer blurs the look of pores and imperfections, brightens and evens out your complexion, resulting in healthier looking skin. It also includes tomato leaf cell extract to protect against pollution.

2. Heir Atelier face Primer, $42

 

Heir Atelier face Primer

“Heir Atelier is a beautiful, demi-matte formula, that increases hydration as well,” says Irwin. It helps your makeup glide on without balling or caking and stay looking fresh for longer.

3. Glossier Priming Moisturizer, $22

 

Glossier Priming Moisturizer, best moisturizing primers

“I’m also a fan of Glossier Priming Moisturizer,” says Irwin. “The fatty acids and ceramides really increase hydration and lock foundation in.” The creme visibly evens out skin texture, and minimizes the look of pores, while an anti-redness complex soothes your skin.

4. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer, $60

 

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer

This formula combines shea butter with vitamins B, C, and E, to keep your skin moisturized and looking its best. It helps your makeup go on smoother and last longer.

5. First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $29

 

 First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, best moisturizing primers

Lightweight and oil-free, this moisturizing primer contains coconut water for hydration and quinoa protein to help protect, nurture, and support the skin barrier.

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