A primer may seem like an extra and unnecessary addition to your makeup bag, but it is the secret to flawless foundation application. It contains waxes and polymers that create a perfect canvas for makeup. Unlike a moisturizer —which is designed to penetrate into your skin—a primer sits atop the surface to smooth the skin, mask pores, and even fill in lines .
The ideal primer varies for each skin type; those with oily skin can opt for a formula that is mattifying to prevent shine, while an illuminating primer is ideal for those who wish to add a bit of glow to their complexion.
Here is our edit of the 10 best foundation primers that will help you create a smooth canvas for long-lasting makeup.
Homepage image: Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, Vogue, August 2013