Refining, illuminating, pore shrinking, tone evening—the latest formulas do a lot more than get your makeup to stay put all day (though they accomplish that beautifully too).
Diminish Pores: Benefit the Porefessional
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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).
Photo: Flower Beauty
Control Oil: Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer
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Shield Your Skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Daily Tone Correcting Primer
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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.
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Prep Lips: NYX Professional Makeup Lip Primer
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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.
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Neutralize Discoloration: Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Face 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.
Photo: Skin Store
Save Dry Skin: REN Perfect Canvas
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Boost Radiance: Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Luminizing Primer
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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.
Illuminate Your Comlexion: Cover FX Illuminating Primer
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