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Not all women use primer before putting on foundation, but it can help to create an even base and natural skin tone, especially if you have fine lines and large pores you’re trying to minimize while giving your skin a natural, radiant glow. A lot of illuminating primers are on the market, but some come highly recommended from beauty professionals, and they’re a great place to start to see what works best on your skin beneath your favorite foundation.
Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer
According to beauty website Hooked on Beauty, run by Denver-based makeup artist Carissa Passerella, Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer is one of the best illuminating primers. It’s ideal for covering fine lines and pores because it is silicone-based and has a dense texture. Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer also adds just enough shine to make your skin look alive, according to Hooked on Beauty. Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer is recommended as a true primer, meaning it shouldn’t be worn without foundation on top.
Natio Ageless Illuminating Primer
Natio’s Ageless illuminating primer is ideal for covering fine lines and pores, according Manhattan-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, M.D., author of "Age-less" -- especially for ladies with dry or dull skin, because it contains rosehip oil and aloe vera. According to Brandt, Natio’s Ageless illuminating primer is also good for women who need to wear makeup for a long time – it will help your foundation stay in place even if you don’t have time to reapply your makeup over the course of the day -- or night, for that matter.
Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Primer
Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy primer, like Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer, is silicone-based, giving it the ability to cover fine lines and large pores with relative ease. According to Hooked on Beauty, Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy also imparts a subtle sheen to the skin. Hooked on Beauty recommends using a small amount of this primer -- a little goes a long way -- and always follow Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy primer with foundation.
Becca Mineral SPF Primer
Becca Mineral SPF primer is recommended by Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics” for covering fine lines and enlarged pores before applying foundation. Becca Mineral SPF primer adds a natural shine to your skin without making it look as if you’ve been sweating all day in the sun, Close says. For best results, Close recommends allowing the primer to set for a few minutes before applying your foundation.