Keep Your Makeup On With These 5 Make-up Artist-Approved Primers

We’ve got the inside scoop on how to create a long-lasting, flawless complexion.primer

Adding a primer to your makeup routine is easy (it’s just one simple step). A good primer helps create an even skin tone by filling in large pores, wrinkles and fine lines, as well as keeping your makeup in place throughout the day.


Here are 5 top-rated primers we love to use:

hourglass primer

1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15

This primer is a lightweight, mineral-based solution that stays true to the vegan and gluten free mantra of the Hourglass brand. It contains many benefits for those who have sensitive skin (e.g. it is fragrance, oil, and paraben free).

Mineral Veil Primer does not use chemical sun blocking agents; rather it uses naturally derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide so it’s best to use a small amount of primer for your face because it can leave a white residue on your skin.

Price: $60.00

Available at: Sephora,,

smashbox photo finish primer

2. Smashbox Photo Finish Light

A makeup artist go-to and winner of Allure Magazine’s best of Beauty Award, the Smashbox photo finish primer creates an immaculate canvas for makeup application. This oil-free, silky primer works best for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin. Over 50% of the Photo Finish Light primer is based from water, allowing imperfections, fine lines and pores to not only be diminished but also to continue to work to minimize imperfections on future skin.

Price: $44.00

Available at: Sephora,, Shoppers Drug Mart



3. MAC Prep + Prime

Similar to the Smashbox primer line, MAC Prep + Prime has an entire line dedicated to various skin types and formulas. This liquid primer contains special effect silicones which even out skin tone, blot away excess oil, and calm redness. As MAC is a cosmetic line developed for makeup professionals, this primer will improve the ease of makeup application. For consumers who enjoy shimmer, this product is great for you but be careful not to apply too much as you may end up looking like a Twilight cast mate.

Price: $36.00

Available at: MAC stores,



4. Illamasqua Hydra Veil

A unique product in the world of primers, the Illamasqua Hydra Veil heightens and increases the longevity of make-up application by saturating the skin through hydration. Hydra Veil is not only a primer but also a treatment product which was developed to improve makeup application on skin. While this product sounds like the holy grail of primers, readers beware that this is not ideal for some oily skin types and works best on dry/dehydrated skin types.

Price: $48.00

Available at: Hudson’s Bay,,, select Sephora locations


5. Arbonne Makeup Primer

A hidden secret in the world of primers, Arbonne is a Swiss brand based on botanical principles. Creating a flawless canvas for makeup application is a cinch with the Arbonne primer. Filled with a remarkable amount of vitamins, this primer will reduce the look of fine lines and pores, making skin looking smoother and younger, leaving the skin with an all over glowing yet matte look.

Price: $46.00

Available at: Arbonne Boutique,