The Best Drugstore Makeup Primer

Prime your gorgeous face with an affordable product from the drugstore for a flawless look.

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It may not seem as important as other components in the makeup realm, but makeup primer is essential if you want that smooth, photo-finish appearance. It helps your makeup glide on with ease, and it combats that pesky shine. Ladies, sometimes it's just more convenient to go to your local drugstore and stock up on your beauty essentials, and with primer being so important, you need to know the best products that are right around the corner.

Rimmel London

This UK beauty brand has a bevy of cool products, and according to celebrity makeup artist and Rimmel London contributor Liz Pugh, primer sets the tone for a flawless makeup look. Rimmel London's Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer smooths the skin and minimizes the sizes of your pores, but it can also be worn alone (with just a sweep of bronzer across your face) or with foundation, depending on your coverage needs. Found in most drugstores, Rimmel London should be easy to find and easy to apply.


Ok, beauty mavens, so you wanna stop those pesky fine lines and premature wrinkles dead in their tracks, right? Well, when you combine Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Line with a primer you get the Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer. Used by Hollywood makeup artist Charlotte Willer, this product fills in lines, wrinkles, pores and other mild skin imperfections to create a smooth canvas for expert makeup application. For best results, Maybelline recommends that you apply primer all over your face after you moisturize but before you apply your foundation.


Primer, as with any cream-based makeup product, can be heavy at times, especially during the warmer months of the year, and you ladies know how horrible it feels when your makeup is literally melting off your face like an ice cream cone on a hot summer's day. Revlon has a primer that eliminates the heaviness factor because of a special formula. Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer is made from a lightweight gel-like formula that fills in lines and pores but doesn't wear them down. Revlon beauty experts suggest that you put a few drops in your hands and apply from the center outward for overall even appearance.


L'Oreal's primer does a little something different than others featured in this article. L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Anti-Dull Skin Primer is also a color corrector that includes Anti-Dull Redness, Anti-Dull (light skin) and Anti-Dull (medium and deep skin) to ensure that various skin types have primer that meets their individual skin needs. L'Oreal beauty experts suggest thoroughly cleaning, moisturizing and then applying primer for a winning look.

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