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The Best Expert-Approved Primers for Every Skin Type

There seems to be a strong divide among makeup connoisseurs on whether to prime or not. Truthfully, it’s all a matter of preference. There’s no right or wrong answer, but it doesn’t hurt to add another layer of skin care to your regimen—especially if you’re a regular makeup wearer. Primers not only boost the finish and extend the length of your makeup; they also have skin-enhancing ingredients that actually treat as they keep your makeup from sliding off.

Romy Soleimani, Makeup Artist for Streeters, whose works has been put to the test on many a red carpets, under blazing runway lights and during photo shoots in moody Mother Nature—shared her top primer picks for just about every skin type and concern. Find your match, ahead.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

Best for: Large Pores

Why it works: A combo of glycolic and salicylic acids in this treatment clears pores and exfoliates to help make skin look smoother.

$20, at Dermstore

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Bioderma

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Too Faced Smoothing Face Primer

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Best for: Large Pores

Why it works: You can wear it alone or under makeup. Either way, it helps fill in enlarged pores to even out overly textured skin.

$30, at Too Faced

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Too Faced

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Best for: Dullness

Why it works: It’s like a highlighter and primer in one. Infused with three different kinds of crushed pearls, this formula diffuses light to give skin a blurred, lit from within base before makeup.

$38, at Sephora

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Becca Cosmetics

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer

KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer

Best for: Dullness

Why it works: Brightening wild rose oil and pure Vitamin C in this formula work beneath the skin to clear up discolorations and generally lackluster skin.

$45, at Sephora

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Korres

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

Best for: Oily Skin

Why it works: It’s like a blotting paper in a bottle. It absorbs any excess oil, without making skin too matte or dull looking.

$32, at Fenty Beauty

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Fenty Beauty

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

Best for: Oily Skin

Why it works: You never want to completely dull out your skin—even if it’s oily. This essentially leaves a satiny, not oily, finish. It also has a time-released hydration complex that keeps skin dewy.

$47, at Dermalogica

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Dermalogica

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer

Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer

Best for: Aging Skin

Why it works: A blend of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and pearl pigments work on fine lines and wrinkles while keeping your makeup in place.

$85, at Net-a-Porter

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Dr. Barbara Sturm

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | REN Perfect Canvas

REN Perfect Canvas

Best for: Aging Skin

Why it works: It’s a serum and primer in one. Pro-biotics help with cell turnover and agave extracts lifts and tightens slack skin.

$55, at Ren

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Ren Skincare

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Huda Beauty Pre-Makeup Base Primer

Huda Beauty The Complexion Perfection Pre-Makeup Base Primer

Best for: Dry Skin

Why it works: Rosehip oil and dimethicone keep skin hydrated and makeup from caking and flaking.

$35, at Huda Beauty

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Huda Beauty

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Kat Von D Lock-It Primer

Kat Von D Lock-It Primer

Best For: Dry Skin

Why it works: Aloe, shea and jojoba help lock in moisture and fills dry spots so that your longwear foundation formulas (which can be a bit on the drier side) go on smoothly and don’t suck moisture from your skin.

$32, at Kat Von D Beauty

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Kat Von D Beauty

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment

Best for: Acne-Prone Skin

Why it works: Salicylic acid helps treat current or lingering blemishes while a combo of Vitamins C, E and fruit AHA. It also tackles any hyperpigmentation from past breakouts.

$38, at Cover Fx

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Cover Fx

STYLECASTER | Best Primers for Every Skin Type | Stila One Step Prime

Stila One Step Prime

Best for: Acne-Prone Skin

Why it works: It’s oil-free and packed with 15 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—all the things that troubled skin needs before makeup.

$36, at Stila

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Stila Cosmetics

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