Over the past few years, more and more primers are on the market, and many of them really offer many skin benefits.
What is a primer? Quite simply, a makeup primer is used to provide a smooth and flawless canvas for your skin so your makeup goes on beautifully and stays that way all day. They typically have light reflective pigments to diffuse fine lines and leave your skin fully prepped for makeup.
Think of a makeup primer the way you would a paint primer. Suppose you are planning to paint your walls. A primer will allow paint to adhere better, more seamlessly, and will improve the overall appearance of the paint job. It helps provide a more even surface for painting.
The same is true with a makeup primer. Most people do not have perfectly smooth, poreless faces free of all imperfections. A primer can smooth out the skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and help your makeup apply almost flawlessly. It also allows you to use LESS product, I have found.
There are many fabulous primers on the market and they come in all price ranges.
Here are my top picks:
Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Gel (SERIOUSLY! Read more here), $6.79
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer, $9.95
Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer, $23
100% Pure Luminous Primer Vitamins + Antioxidants with Resveratrol, $26
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, $48