6 Primers You've Probably Never Considered Using Before but Definitely Should

If you plan on wearing makeup this summer, these will stop it from melting off your face.
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If you plan on wearing makeup this summer, these will stop it from melting off your face.

It's the time of year, folks, when makeup starts sliding off your face in the un-loveliest of ways. Since the melted-goo thing isn't a good look for anyone, I figured I'd help out by offering a few recommendations for primers. You're welcome.

Primers, as I'm sure you know, my dear, are vital to your makeup game. Not only do they create a smoother surface, a brighter surface, a primed surface, but they also increase the longevity of your foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturizer or whatever it is you're wearing to even out your complexion.

L-R: Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer, Skin Food Peach Sake Pore Serum, Kryolan HD Micro Primer, DHC Velvet Skin Coat, The Body Shop InstaBlur, Vie Re-Dermist Skin Texture and Pore Serum.

L-R: Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer, Skin Food Peach Sake Pore Serum, Kryolan HD Micro Primer, DHC Velvet Skin Coat, The Body Shop InstaBlur, Vie Re-Dermist Skin Texture and Pore Serum.

Paul and Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer, $35

Love the bottle.

Love the bottle.

This Paul and Joe primer comes in three different shades (this is Miel), and is a medium consistency with a definite cast of shimmer. Because of the shimmer, and the fact that it leans a little rosy, this is a great option for those looking for a glistening, glowy, approved-for-summer complexion. It's scented, feels light, and keeps makeup in place throughout the day.

Skin Food Peach Sake Pore Serum, $14

A very generous amount for the price.

A very generous amount for the price.

Don't let the name fool you. Even though this one is called a "serum," and it does have the consistency of a serum, Skin Food's Peach Sake Pore Serum is most commonly used as a cosmetic primer. 

Skin Food is a long-time favorite of mine, and this baby lived up to all my expectations. It's the lightest of the primers here, and probably the thinnest consistency, but it absorbs quickly into the skin and creates a soft, powdery, and brightened complexion. (It reminds me of a more fluid, softer version of Hourglass Veil.) Bonus: because it's mattifying, it keeps sweat and oil at bay.

Kryolan HD Micro Primer, $27.50

Serious business.

Serious business.

As you'd expect from Kryolan, a makeup company that specializes in effects and professional-level goods (think theater, TV and the like), this is an excellent option for those days when you really need to make your makeup last. I'm talking weddings, big events, photo shoots, etc. 

It's a bit heavier than the others here, so I wouldn't recommend it for everyday wear. It does apply evenly, though, and doesn't feel weighty or overwhelming on the face. It also regulates sweat and oiliness without drying you out. 

DHC Velvet Skin Coat, $22.50

Super-soft and light finish.

Super-soft and light finish.

DHC's Velvet Skin Coat, a brand favorite, is a powder-meets-gel primer. It's very similar in finish to Maybelline's Baby Skin, though it's more powdery and has a softer finish. I'd also liken it to Smashbox's Photo Finish primer, but less expensive and, again, a more powdery finish. Honestly, I think it's better than both, and it comes with a decent price tag. It smooths the skin quickly, fills in fine lines and pores, and creates a super-duper soft-focus effect on the skin.

Vie Re-Dermist Skin Texture and Pore Serum, $123.50

Pricey, but good. 

Pricey, but good. 

OK, here's the splurge of the group. Hear me out, though. To begin, this product by Vie isn't just a primer. It's a medical-grade anti-aging product that, when used over time, gently softens fine lines and keeps skin looking plump and healthy. It's very lightweight and absorbs quickly, creating a nice base for the rest of your makeup. You can even wear it as a stand alone product, but I love using it as a primer, as it keeps everything in place, conceals pores, and noticeably rejuvenates.

The Body Shop InstaBlur, $22

A good go-to.

A good go-to.

I've been using The Body Shop's InstaBlur primer for about a year now, and it's a goody. As the name implies, this does a great job of minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines, and creates a sort of filtered, softening effect. It mattifies, blurs and extends the life of your makeup. It has a slightly drier, and thicker, consistency than Maybelline Baby Skin, if you're looking for a comparison, but it leaves my skin feeling less greasy and I think it does a better job at holding up throughout the day.

  • What's your go to primer for summer?
  • How do you keep your makeup in place during the warmer months?