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Do you sometimes wonder why your makeup doesn’t look or perform quite the way it should? It might be that you’re not using a primer. A primer for me is an absolute necessity; on both eyes and face. I’ve probably tried more than I could ever count and following are my top makeup primers, including eye primers.


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My Top 10 11 makeup primers include (in no specific order):

  1. NARS Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (review)
  2. Clinique Superprimer Face Primer in Universal (review)
  3. Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer (review)
  4. Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer
  5. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance (review)
  6. MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Adjust shade)
  7. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging (review)
  8. Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials Brightening Eyeshadow Primer (review)
  9. NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
  10. Make Up For Ever Eye Prime (review)
  11. NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector

Much has been written about starting a makeup application with a “perfect canvas”. I have so many primers, but each one has unique properties and honestly, I almost never use the same one two days in a row. A primer is a product that I use every time I apply makeup, no exceptions. It’s a personal preference, but I prefer to not use primers that are silicone-heavy, as they can clog pores. If my skin is looking a little dull, then I reach for one of the radiance enhancing primers–either Laura Mercier, Guerlain or NARS. If I wearing a makeup from the same brand, I prefer to use that brand’s primer also.The new NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector can be used as a spot treatment anywhere that needs a little extra “help” looking perfect.

For summer, Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Prime is my go-to. It’s perfect for combination to oily skins and keeps makeup on and shine off. A new favorite is the MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which is just out. I like that it color-corrects in addition to laying down a good base for makeup. Clinique’s Superprimers are similar–I love the different formulas available and I literally could have counted all of them as a “favorite”.

For eye base, I would say I love each of the eye primers equally as well. The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is colorless, so that’s a plus; Trish McEvoy and MAKE UP FOR EVER are flesh toned, which is good if you tend to have uneven skin coloration. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging is good if you tend to have a more mature eye where crepiness can be a concern.

Do you have a favorite primer? Let me know what it is and then check the favorites of the other beauty bloggers participating in today’s Top 10 Tuesday!

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