Beauty is a tricky field to navigate come summer. Mascaras become waterproof, but are a nightmare to take off; hair gets wilder, thanks to the humidity; nail polish lasts about 24 hours before peeling away. One of the most frustrating aspects, though, is applying your makeup in the morning only for it to slide off by lunchtime — and that’s just in an air-conditioned office.
So what’s the answer to keep it all in place, no matter where you are? A powerful primer. The little wunderkind has many tricks up its sleeve: illuminating, pore-refining, tone-evening, mattifying — the best primers are pretty darn impressive. Think of it as the camera-ready, makeup-holding addition to your routine.
If you’re looking to keep the shine and slide at bay this summer, but you don’t know where to start, never fear: we’ve found the best primers beauty has to offer.
Murad’s potion is perfect for when it’s too hot for base, minimizing pores and giving you a ready-for-my-close-up glow.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30, $65, available at Sephora.

This is the real deal. Hylamide has made waves with its products and this is the star of the show. Moral of the story: Your foundation won’t budge.

Hylamide HA Blur Hyaluronic Based Prismatic Blurring Surface Finisher, $19, available at Hylamide.

A lightweight serum for those who don’t like gel finishes — this fluid feels like nothing at all.

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, $7.90, available at The Ordinary.

You’ve tried the cult concealer, now this primer lives up to expectations: it’s gold-flecked, so not only does it keep makeup firmly in place, but it illuminates skin with an all-over radiance.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer,$52, available at Sephora.

Mineral primers are great for oily skin, plus this one has a touch of SPF for additional protection.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $54, available at Sephora.

Doing exactly what it says on the package, Becca’s primer is made to keep shine at bay.

Becca Ever-Matte Priming Perfector, $36, available at Ulta Beauty.

This blurring primer doubles as a moisture hit, so it won’t dry out your skin while protecting foundation.

Sisley Instant Perfect Corrector Gel, $72, available at Sisley.

Makeup artists have been using this cream for years as a multipurpose base before shows. A little goes a long way — so it’s best for dry skin.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $16, available at Birchbox.


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