The Best Luminous Makeup Primers

A luminous primer can give dull, dry skin a healthy glow.

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When you need your foundation to last all day, makeup primer can be your best friend. But primer doesn't just help your foundation, concealer and powder last all day; it can help improve the look and finish of your skin so your makeup looks flawless. A luminous makeup primer is perfect if you've got dry, dull skin because it perks up your complexion with a beautiful, healthy glow. While many primers can give you a radiant look, several luminous makeup primers stand out from the crowd when you want a pretty, natural glow.

Dior Skinflash Radiance Boosting Makeup Primer

If you’re looking for a versatile luminous primer option, Dior Skinflash Radiance Boosting Makeup Primer is a great choice. Under your makeup, it gives a glowy, radiant finish to your foundation for a smooth, fresh-faced look. But on days when you’re in a rush, you can also wear the primer by itself to add a sexy sheen to your skin. Dior Skinflash Primer works well for dry skin because its creamy formula is easy to blend and adds moisture to flaky patches. “Allure” magazine also recommends the primer for its user-friendly packaging – the primer has an attached brush tip so you don’t have to get your hands dirty when applying it.

Benefit “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer

Foundation primers are usually clear or white in color, but Benefit’s “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer has a unique pink tone to give your skin a bright, healthy glow. “New Beauty” magazine recommends the product for use under makeup as well as on its own when you want to perk up your complexion for casual days. “That Gal” also has light-reflecting pigments that provide a luminous finish and help blur imperfections in your skin. It contains chamomile, raspberry, algae and sweet almond extract to help moisturize and soothe the skin, making it a good option if you’ve got dry, red skin. Benefit “That Gal” comes in a tube with a dial at the end, so the product is dispensed as you turn the dial. You can apply the primer directly from the container by swiping it across your face, or use clean fingers to spread it on your skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance

Laura Mercier makes several well-known foundation primers, but the brand’s newest offering, Laura Mericer Foundation Primer Radiance, is the perfect cure for days when your skin is looking a little dull. According to Sephora’s “Beauty and the Blog,” the primer contains rose-gold pearl extract that instantly gives your skin a sexy, healthy glow. But Laura Mercier Primer Radiance doesn’t just help you get your glow on; it can also help hide redness, acne scars, sun damage and other imperfections. It comes in a squeeze tube, so you can squirt out the amount you need and use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply it to your face.

Dr. Ci: Labo Essence Base

Dr. Ci: Labo is a well-known skin-care company in Japan, but “New Beauty” magazine cites the line’s Essence Base foundation primer as one of the brand’s standout products. While the yellow and pink versions are effective for color correcting, opt for the colorless base to give your skin a pearly glow and lovely, luminous finish. The primer also contains light-diffusing powder to help highlight the skin and mask skin flaws like sun damage, acne scars and other discolorations. Dr. Chi: Labo Colorless Essence Base comes in a pump bottle, so you can dispense a precise amount of primer and apply it with your fingers or a brush.

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