17 Primers To Keep Your Makeup In Check All Day

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; and unless you opt for gel, 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.
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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 Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++, $65, available at Sephora.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mineral primers are great for oily skin, plus this one has a touch of SPF 15 for additional protection.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $54, available at Sephora.
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Doing exactly what it says on the package, Becca's primer is made to keep shine at bay.

Becca Evermatte Poreless Primer, $38, available at Ulta Beauty.
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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.
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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 types.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $16, available at Birchbox.
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A slick of this nifty wand before applying eye makeup is all you need to keep it in place all day long, no matter how oily your lids.

By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer, $48, available at Space NK.
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We use this by itself for a supremely natural glow, but don't underestimate its holding powers.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, $55, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
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While a 10-in-1 sounds like quite a stretch, this primer really does make skin look plumper by hiding large pores around the nose and evening out your texture.

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm, $38, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This heavy-duty number is your essential in super-hot weather or when navigating a stuffy subway journey — we've never had to apply foundation twice with this on our skin.

Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer, $36, available at Sephora.
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Illamasqua's primer is really fun to use, thanks to its futuristic gel consistency and included spatula. It delivers a super-fresh base and leaves foundation looking natural.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer, $36.99, available at Illamasqua.
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This one leaves skin silky and — unlike a lot of products — doesn't pill when you layer makeup on top.

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer, $22.49, available at Target.
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This cult offerings from Smashbox promises to keep eyeshadow — whether cream, powder or gloss — in place all night long. Bring on the sweaty club nights.

Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer, $21, available at Sephora.
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It's an award winner for a reason: This cult formula gives skin an even tone and doesn't pill under makeup.

Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer, $31, available at Ulta Beauty.
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The reason everyone is obsessing over this primer: The pressed putty-like balm sinks into skin like your favorite moisturizer, but keeps any makeup at a standstill for hours.

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, $52, available at Sephora.

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