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8 Best Drug Store Primers With Reviews

When wearing foundation you always want to put a primer underneath it to make sure that your foundation does not move throughout the day, or to make sure that your skin does not get oily or dry. 

Finding the best drugstore primers for a particular skin type is sometimes a hard task.  There are so many options for primers that one could easily become overwhelmed with options.

If your foundation has a smooth base beneath it, you will see a huge difference in the way that it looks on your face. Choosing a primer can seem difficult and expensive, but there are some inexpensive drug store primers that work just as good and best of all, you can purchase them from your local store. 

Professional makeup artist sometimes uses drugstore primers as an alternative to a high-end primer especially when the artist is in tight spots where an NYX or other makeup store is unavailable.  

How do I choose a Primer?

The best way to choose a primer for your skin types and to understand the issues and requirements of your skin.  There are three different categories that a person’s skin type falls into and deciding which one fits them is the key to picking the best drugstore makeup primer for them.

These three categories are based on the type of skin you have oily, dry, or combination skin.

Primers for Oily Skin

A person with oily skin should find a primer that will combat the oily residue that will be produced throughout the day.

A drugstore primer for a person with oily skin should be a matte primer and a primer that is oil-free. In other words, you would not want to add additional oil to your skin when you are already trying to fight the natural oil.

1. Elf Mattifying Primers.
This primer is low cost, helps minimize the appearance of pores and absorbs excess oil that your skin might produce. Lots of people ask “Are Elf primers good?” The answer is of course. 

They are the perfect primer if a person has oily skin and its really inexpensive. Its a fully matte primer that also helps if you have sensitive skin.

2. Maybelline Face Studio Master Primer
This primer is super affordable. It smoothes and evens skin tone beautifully, eliminates redness if you have sensitive skin and contains no oil at all.

3. Milani (prime shield magnifying + pore minimizing face primer)
We like this primer because it is lightweight, minimizes the appearance of pores, and controls oil without drying out the skin. It is also an oil-free formula.  It also blends beautifully into many skin tones.

Primers for Dry Skin

A person with dry skin should find a primer that adds hydration to their skin. A good drug store primer for dry skin should be a water-based solution. Skincare experts say that water-based makeup helps by added more moisture to the face area that the primer is being applied.

The takeaway is to ensure that the primer does not dry-out the skin. A person with dry skin will want to avoid a matte finish primer and look for primers that are over 50% water-based.

4. Smash Box Photo Finish
This brand of primer is low cost, for the animal lovers, they are a cruelty-free company (mean they do not test products on animals). This product covers blur flaws when applying your face. It is smoother on the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores and lines. Best of all, it is great at supporting the makeup foundation and blending more smoothly.

5. Covergirl Moisturizing Primer
The company is also cruelty-free. The product helps extend the wearing of the foundation while creating a hydrating the skin.

6. Elf Hydrating Face Primer
This is a low-cost primer that is infused with vitamins A, C, and E and helps hydrates the wearer’s face. With all of those vitamins, you know they have the anti-aging benefits as well. This is also a cruelty and vegan free product.

Primers for Combination Skin

People with combination skin usually have dry skin in most places and have an oily T zone. The T zone is the area where your forehead and nose area makes a T (hence the name, but I’m sure you know that, lol).

People with combination skin sometimes find it harder to choose a good primer. Skincare experts say that a person with combination skin will want to look for a primer with hydration benefits as well as be oil-free.

7. The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
This is a low-cost product that helps with blurs in the skin. It also provides a smoother surface for makeup foundation. Completely water-based and has a non-greasy hydration effect.

8. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector
This product has a sheer coverage that also smoothens and reduces the appearance of fine lines. This product contains an anti-aging formula that also contains SPF to some degree. This brand also have a pore eraser effect in addition to minimizing the fine lines.

So, What are the Best Over the Counter Face Primer?

When searching for a good primer, it is good to know what type of skin you have. Knowing your skin type can make a world of difference when choosing a primer that works best for you. You also do not have to spend tons of money to get a great primer using the drugstore beauty supplies.

The drug store brand primers have made huge strides towards improving their formulas. Most of them can compete with some of the top brands with respect to quality. Getting the best drugstore primers can also help you to figure out what works best with your skin type and your foundation without breaking the bank and spending money on something that does not work.

A good primer will help keep your foundation stay on longer and create a smoother allusion. If you are currently using one of these really high-end brands of makeup primers and not getting the results you had hoped for, consider trying a drugstore makeup primers.

Written by Sarah Stone

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