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Pumped-Up Primers That Offer Major Skin-Care Perks

Diminish Pores: Benefit the Porefessional

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This new blurring and fine line-filling formula helps diminish the appearance of pores. (So do these five pore-diminishing tips.) Try this cult favorite that transforms skin into a smooth canvas for makeup. 

($31; benefitcosmetics.com)

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Mattify: Flower Beauty In Your Prime Pore-Minimizing Primer

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If you prefer a matte finish to a dewy one, try Flower Beauty In Your Prime Pore-Minimizing Primer. It absorbs oil and minimizes pores for a flawless look under makeup (or on its own).

($14; flowerbeauty.com)

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Control Oil: Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer

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A primer with sebum-sopping properties keeps shine at bay. (Combine one with a setting spray and your makeup won't go anywhere.) 

($34; ulta.com)

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Shield Your Skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Daily Tone Correcting Primer

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Extra SPF is a must for naturally weathered skin. (But sunscreen isn't everything; here's how to maximize your protection.) Try a two-in-one that blocks UVA and UVB rays and conceals. 

($40; laroche-posay.us.com)

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Address Aging: ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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This multitasker hides existing signs of aging and protects from future damage. The primer contains an anti-aging combo of SPF and antioxidants, and it leaves skin smooth and even-toned.

($65; zoskinhealth.com)

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Prep Lips: NYX Professional Makeup Lip Primer

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Don't leave your lips out of the party; lip primer products prevent lip color from fading or bleeding.

($7; nyxcosmetics.com)

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Ready Eyes: Arell Beauty In Her Prime

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Prevent the dreaded eye crease by swiping on an eye primer before applying eyeshadow. Your shadow will stay in place and maintain a more saturated shade.

($11; sallybeauty.com)

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Neutralize Discoloration: Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Face Primer

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Look for a color-correcting formula that contains skin-evening pigments. (Top with one of our Shape beauty award-winning makeup products for best results.)

($35, ulta.com)

SHop All Color Correcting Primer

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Calm Redness: Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF 20

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Instead of applying layers of concealer to redness, try a color-correcting primer. (But first, get to the bottom of the cause of your skin's redness.) This one contains calming oat extracts to soothe skin and green botanical extracts to counteract redness.

($48; skinstore.com)

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Save Dry Skin: REN Perfect Canvas

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A two-in-one moisturizing primer will cut a step from your regimen while keeping you dewy. REN's has hyaluronans that convert to hyaluronic acid in skin. (Here's why hyaluronic acid is bae for your skin.)

($55; sephora.com)

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Boost Radiance: Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Luminizing Primer

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For a more luminous look, choose a formula with reflective pigments or a bit of iridescence. If you have oily skin, reach for Dr. Brandt's which mattifies while adding a healthy glow.

($38; drbrandtskincare.com)

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Hydrate: Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil

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If you have dry skin, mattifying primers aren't your best option—swap for a luxurious oil instead. Use it to moisturize and prime before applying makeup, or add a few drops right to your foundation.

($48; sephora.com)

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Illuminate Your Comlexion: Cover FX Illuminating Primer

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To get a gorgeous luminescent look, combine an illuminating primer with a light-catching highlighter. (For non-primer highlighter picks, try one of these no-filter-needed highlighters.)

($38; coverfx.com)

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