Primers may not be part of your everyday makeup routine but we definitely keep ’em handy for big nights out and photo ops (hellooo, flawless iPhone pics). Marathon makeup and the appearance of silky smooth skin are both benefits of this miracle whip of sorts. There are endless options from high to low, so we checked out three versatile picks:
Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer, 001, $8: Our makeup stayed put right up to our 5 p.m. meeting, but the orangey hue didn’t quite suit our skin tone.
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15, $22: The light green tinge worked wonders for our winter-induced redness, and the SPF was a big plus with this sheer (but a little sticky) formula.
YSL Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush, $68: We were hoping the slick formula would do more for our makeup application, but this primer did leave our face feeling fresh and tingly all over.
Model photography by Anthea Simms