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Size 1 oz/ 30 mL · ITEM 1002724
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$25.00

What it is:
An amazing preservative-free foundation primer that's great for all skin types.

What it does:
Developed to combat flaky dryness, rough patches, fine lines, excess oil, enlarged pores, and uneven texture, this mineral-infused, satin-finish formula glides on seamlessly with no tacky feel to provide a skin-smoothing complexion before you apply foundation. For added age-defying power, it is infused with soothing plant extracts, antioxidants, and nourishing vitamins C and E.

What else you need to know:
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Size 1 oz/ 30 mL · ITEM 1349968
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$36.00

What it is: A clear primer gel that smooths the look of skin and blurs flaws so your makeup looks better and lasts.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, and phthalates. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores while locking in your makeup look with Smashbox’ original primer. Lightweight and oil-free, it glides on to give you a flawless finish, while antioxidants and vitamins A and E help protect your skin from environmental pollutants, damage, and stress.
Size Standard Size - 1.7 oz/ 50 mL · ITEM 1382670
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$38.00

What it is:
A lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color.

What it does:
Worn under foundation, this illuminating primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas for application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh and color-true for hours. Ideal for all skin types, the universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimize the look of imperfections with a radiant finish. It’s the first step to Laura’s “Flawless Face.” Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it is formulated with antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E; Prestige Soft Focus Pearls; and skin-conditioning Jojoba.

What else you need to know:
Just as a painter primes a canvas, Foundation Primer—the original—was created by Laura Mercier in 1995 to prime the skin. After creating the industry’s first primer, she “reinvented” it and made a version that added soft highlights, luminosity, and radiance to skin. A lightweight, creamy vitamin-rich gel that prepares the skin for makeup application, it creates an even, invisible layer that acts as a buffer to outside elements and expertly holds foundation. This water-based formula not only keeps makeup staying fresh and color-correct for hours but also helps perfect skin tone over time.
Size 1.75 oz/ 52 mL · ITEM 905349
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$38.00

What it is:
A lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color.

What it does:
Worn under foundation, this oil-free Primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas for application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh and color-true for hours. Ideal for oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin types, it helps mattify and control oil. It’s the first step to Laura’s “Flawless Face.” This dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic product contains the antioxidant green tea extract; vitamins A, C, and E; and cucumber that helps sooth and refresh the skin.

What else you need to know:
Just as a painter primes a canvas, Foundation Primer—the original—was created by Laura Mercier in 1995 to prime the skin. After creating the industry’s first primer, she “reinvented” it and made another version perfect for oilier, overactive skins and customers who prefer a less emollient texture. She added oil-controlling ingredients for a semi-matte, long-wear finish. The colorless gel acts as a buffer to outside elements, while vitamins A, C, and E act as antioxidants and protect the skin from the harmful, aging effects of the environment. It also contains high water-content and addresses surface dehydration around active blemishes.
Size 1 oz/ 30 mL · ITEM 1349976
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$36.00

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
An oil-free, lightweight gel face primer that smooths skin and leaves a soft-focus finish.

Photo Finish Primers got a makeover! It’s the same formula you’ve always loved, just with a fresh new look. Now it’s easier than ever to find a primer that’s perfect for your skin needs.

Solutions for:
- Pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
Prep skin for flawless makeup application while creating a silky smooth canvas for makeup application with Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It’s enriched with a vitamin C and peptide blend that helps protects skin from environmental pollutants, damage, and stress.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This water-based primer works for all skin types but is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone, oily, or combination skin. This product is cruelty-free and free of fragrance, talc, and sodium lauryl sulfate. It is also vegan.
Size 1.7 oz/ 50 mL · ITEM 939744
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$38.00

What it is:
A lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color.

What it does:
Worn under foundation, this hydrating primer creates a smooth, flawless canvas for application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh, keeping color true for hours. Ideal for drier skins, this hydrating formula nourishes with moisture-rich vitamins to soothe and condition. It’s the first step to Laura’s “Flawless Face.” Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it contains antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E and hydrating properties thanks to glycerin and hyaluronic acid.

What else you need to know:
Just as a painter primes a canvas, Foundation Primer—the original—was created by Laura Mercier in 1995 to prime the skin. After creating the industry’s first primer, she “reinvented” it and made another version perfect for drier, dehydrated skin and customers who needed more hydration, moisture, and conditioning. She added soothing hydrators that offer anti-inflammatory benefits, help hold water in the skin, and nourish with a moisture-rich vitamin formula. The colorless gel acts as a buffer to outside elements, while vitamins A, C, and E act as antioxidants and protect the skin from the harmful, aging effects of the environment.
Size 1.75 oz/ 52 mL · ITEM 870113
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$38.00

What it is:
A vitamin-rich, water-based foundation primer.

What it does:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer creates a smooth, invisible layer that acts as a "buffer" to outside elements and expertly holds foundation. This water-based formula guarantees that your makeup stays fresh and color-true for hours. With vitamins A, C, and E added to protect the skin, Foundation Primer is ideal for all skin types.
Size 1 oz · ITEM 1310564
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$25.00

What it is:
This breakthrough primer preps skin for flawless foundation application and instantly brightens your complexion with a healthy-looking, luminous glow.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, and formulated without preservatives, oil, and fragrance.
Size 1 oz/ 30 mL · ITEM 2112720
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$38.00

What it is:
A skin-smoothing, water-breaking primer that hydrates and detoxifies skin as it transforms from a charcoal gel to a colorless, natural finish upon application.

What it does:
When you apply this unique charcoal formula onto your skin, it transforms into a sheer veil of colorless perfection as it is absorbed. This exotic primer enhances the wear-time of your makeup, while also giving you smooth, supple, and hydrated skin as its gel-like texture transforms into a cooling burst of antioxidant-rich water beads. The formula also contains blurring and charcoal powders to absorb oil and detoxify skin. It contains a high concentration of purified volcanic water, enriched with essential minerals obtained from the incredibly lush ecosystem of Jeju Island, off the Korean coast.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. It is suitable for all skin types.

Beauty Tip:
Wear this product alone to simply hydrate and detoxify your skin, or mix the primer in with your foundation for a more hydrated finish.
Size Mini Size - 0.25 oz/ 7 g · ITEM 1578251
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$13.00

What it is:
A professional balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.

What it does:
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything!

What else you need to know:
The oil-free formula contains vitamin E, which is known to protect skin from free radicals.
Size Standard Size - 0.75 oz/ 21 g · ITEM 1259068
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$32.00

What it is:
A professional balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.

What it does:
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything!

What else you need to know:
The oil-free formula contains vitamin E, which is known to protect skin from free radicals.
Size Standard Size - 1 oz/ 30 mL · ITEM 1074442
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$54.00

What it is:
An oil-free primer with a silky, airy texture that leaves a smooth canvas for makeup, while reducing the look of redness, pores, and wrinkles.

What it does:
With a texture unlike any other, this silky primer extends the wear of makeup while also concealing redness, minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and providing broad spectrum SPF 15 for a perfect complexion that lasts. It leaves a smooth, even surface so that foundation effortlessly glides on and stays put for all-day makeup wear. This unique primer has an airy, silky cloud-like texture and layers onto skin without added weight or a greasy after feel. It delivers Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sun protection with mineral-derived sunscreens. It’s ideal for all skin types, even sensitive, blemish-prone skin, and it repels water so makeup stays looks freshly applied all day long.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The perfect complexion starts with Veil Mineral Primer. As the first step in your makeup routine, it creates the ideal canvas for your makeup to effortlessly glide on and stay on for all-day wear. The silky, weightless texture smooths and evens out the skin for perfect application and wear every time. It’s the one product that will elevate your foundation to unprecedented performance.

"Before I developed Veil Mineral Primer, I wasn’t a big fan of using makeup primers. They always felt like an extra and unnecessary step in your makeup regimen. But then I started working with a chemist on the idea of a next generation primer, and, after numerous incarnations, we came up with Veil. It was unlike any other primer I had seen—it was silky in texture, it concealed redness, it repelled water so your foundation lasts longer, and it had an SPF. I felt like it delivered in so many ways that I knew it had earned a place in my daily routine."—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder

Hourglass products are 100 percent cruelty-free.
Size 1 oz · ITEM 1161629
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$45.00

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
An effective primer that instantly* mattifies shine and minimizes the look of pores. *Individual results may vary.

Solutions for:
- Oiliness
- Pores
- Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
A cult favorite for six years, pores no more® pore refiner primer is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin at any age and during any season. This miracle base creates the perfect canvas for your makeup application. It acts as an invisible barrier to prevent makeup from clogging pores and as a velvety primer to absorb excess oil and blur fine lines and imperfections while improving the longevity of makeup. Your skin will look and feel smoother, more uniform, and perfectly shine-free.

What else you need to know:
A game-changer in the world of selfies, this cult-favorite is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin. An instantly* mattifying primer and pore refiner in one, it’s a miracle base that creates the ideal skin canvas for long-lasting makeup. The velvety formula absorbs excess oil, minimizes the look of pores, blurs fine lines and imperfections, and is beautifully melt-proof—no matter how high the humidity. Skin looks and feels smooth and fresh with an ultra-clean sensation. *Individual results may vary.
Size 1 oz/ 30 mL · ITEM 1669027
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$37.00

What it is:
A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin's texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.

What it does:
Prep skin for your makeup routine with Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers, and address your skin concerns with this innovative makeup primer. Perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result, it’s lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation's hold. This primer for all skin tones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin.

What else you need to know:
Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern:

Texture:
Mattifying Primer reduces shine for oily skin.
Smoothing Primer evens the skin's texture.
Hydrating Primer preps normal skin and restores balance.
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts.
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes.

Tone:
Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin.
Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.

If you're not sure where to start, try the Smoothing and Hydrating Primers.

"Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result."—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director

MAKE UP FOR EVER’S exclusive Equalizer Technology features Acti Tensor 3D, Hyaluronic Acid, and Regeactive, which help to hydrate, firm, and smooth the skin to create the perfect makeup canvas.