Best Drugstore Primers

Updated October 2019
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Primer is a key step in makeup application. It creates a smooth base for foundation to stick to and prevents makeup from separating or melting off your skin. A quality primer will smooth fine lines and large pores without settling into and accentuating them. Those with oily skin will benefit more from a silicone-based primer, while those with dry skin should look for a cream or water-based option. Luckily, these effective primers don’t always come with a steep, high-end price tag. There are a variety of drugstore options available that provide quality budget-friendly alternatives.

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