9 Best Face Primers, According to Makeup Artists 2019

After moisturizer and sunscreen, face primer is typically used as the first line of defense to keep your makeup look locked and loaded, without any smudging or slippage. “Makeup primers are a fantastic layer between your skin and your makeup,” makeup artist Angel Gabriel tells SELF. “When it comes to your foundation, [primers] can [help] make your skin more look radiant, fill in scars and blemishes, and keep your makeup long-lasting and fresh.”

Don’t discount the importance of throwing a little primer on your eyelids, too. According to Gabriel, using an eye primer can intensify the pigmentation of shadows, and keep them from moving around and creasing (forming tiny lines in the product after it sets). A smooth eye base with a little hold can help make your cut crease or cat-eye last from the work day through happy hour, just like your favorite face primer.

Since primers are such an important step in a makeup routine, we went straight to the pros to find out which ones they swear by. From brands like Becca and Dermalogica, here are the effective primers that five makeup artists always keep in their bags to create a makeup masterpiece that stays in place.

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