The best hydrating face primers are to ones that will keep dry skin looking fresh all day long. They are a must-have to keep your dehydrated skin from flaking and your makeup from looking cakey. Here are Sephora's top picks for hydrating face primers that are act as a much-needed drink of water for dry skin looking for a luminous, dewy glow.
Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
I really like this one. It hydrates and the glow looks great under makeup to create a healthy, dewy look. ...Sure a beautiful illuminating & hydrating primer!!
What it is: An illuminating, water-based primer with light-reflecting pearls that enhances skin’s luminosity and extends the wear of makeup.
- Micronized Pearls: Brightens and nurtures the complexion, giving skin a luminous glow.
- Porcelain Flower Extract: Supports long-term radiance.
- Light-Reflecting Complex: Creates a smoothing effect on skin, diminishing the look of imperfections.
Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.
What Else You Need to Know:The breathable formula seals in skincare and creates a protective barrier that extends makeup wear.
Size: 0.75 fl oz/ 22 ml
I was really excited to try the Porefessional Hydrate Primer that I receive through Influenster. ...I’ve used Almay primer with a slight tint before make up. Getting the benefit the POREfessional hydrate primer is like applying coconut oil on my face.
What it is: A hydrating face primer that helps diminish the look of pores and hydrate skin in one step.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Attracts moisture and helps maintain hydration.
- Shea Butter Extract: Soothes and moisturizes.
Size: 1.52 oz/ 45 mL
Primer That Hydrates...Overall really impressed with this product and how hydrating it is for a primer....This is by far one of my favorite primers to hydrate the skin.
What it is: A clean, silicone-free dewy makeup primer with hyaluronic acid that grips makeup for up to 12 hours and hydrates skin to prevent meltdown and caking.
Formulation: Lightweight Gel
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination
- Blue Agave Extract: Grips makeup to prevent melting, fading, and caking.
- Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) : Boost hydration to visibly smooth uneven texture.
- Aloe Water + Hemp-derived Cannabis Seed Extract: Provide additional boost of hydration to lock in moisture.
Fav primer of all time!...I have tried a few different face primers but always come back to this one. It's hydrating enough, cooling and one pump goes a long ways....This is a great primer for people with dry skin (would not recommend for oily skin) because it hydrates and creates a silky canvas for makeup application.
What it is: A hydrating face primer that preps skin for makeup and helps to prevent dehydration to keep skin and makeup looking fresh all day.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination,
Skincare Concerns: Dryness
Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.
What Else You Need to Know: This formula contains prickly pear flower extract and hylaronic acid to hydrate, plump the look of dehydration lines, and keep complexion products looking fresh all day long. Hydrating properties support a natural to dewy finish on the skin for a healthy glow.
Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml
It doesn’t over hydrate your face where it feels slippery . It gets the job done and the finish is a little tacky, perfect for foundation ! ...Makes my foundation look flawless :) it also helps hydrate my face! Recommend especially if you have dry skin
What it is: A face primer that quenches skin with a surge of moisture to create the perfect canvas for longer-lasting, flawless makeup.
What Else You Need to Know: This ultra-hydrating skin complex helps to lock in moisture and keep your foundation in place. The unique jelly texture melts into the skin for quick hydration that provides a makeup-ready canvas in seconds.
Size: 1 oz. / 30 mL
I love this hydrating face primer. I have been looking for a primer that would hydrate my face and I found the perfect one! ...I tend to have oily skin, but since I hav been using retinol and it’s winter I have look forward to use this hydrating primer. It does do the job to hydrate my skin, and it’s pretty lightweight on the face, I had no reactions towards it or has make my makeup look ugly in any form.
What it is: A hydrating primer with a fresh, dewy finish that defends skin and perfects makeup.
- Silkscreen Complex (Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, Probiotic Extract, Vitamins, and Algae): Nourishes, visibly balances, and defends skin.
- Triple Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and visibly plumps for up to 72 hours.
- Niacinamide: Nourishes skin.
Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and triclosan. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.
Size: 0.5 oz / 15 mL
I use this as a spot redness corrector in addition to the primer I use all over my face. I have applied it before and after the regular primer, and it seems to do fine either way. ...I’ve tried so many different primers and color corrective products and they’ve either caused breakouts or just missed the mark!
What it is: A mini color-correcting makeup primer that quickly neutralizes redness and hydrates for up to 24 hours while extending makeup wear.
Concerns: Dryness, Redness
- Ginseng: Known to protect and promote radiant-looking skin and maintain a smooth complexion.
What Else You Need to Know: Neutralize redness on the go with a travel-friendly version of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s bestselling primer. Perfect for addressing flushed skin or blemishes, its green pigments correct redness in skin for up to 24 hours.* This primer is powered by ginseng to help balance texture for a smooth and even makeup application. (*Instrumental test on 20 subjects.)
Size: 1 oz / 30 ml
Love this primer...I love this primer .. definitely among the top 3 primers Ive used . ...This primer is unlike any other matte primer I've used.
What it is: A mattifying primer that keeps makeup looking fresh while leaving skin feeling cared for.
- Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin: Create a naturally perfected and visibly unified complexion.
- Rose Centifolia: Soothes the skin and provides antioxidant power.
- Salicylic Acid and Bamboo Powders: Control shine for up to a day and blur the look of the pores.
What Else You Need to Know: The non-sticky, cool gel formula is developed for all skin types and designed to beautify one’s unique features, rather than mask them.
Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424695
Color: Hydra Booster - for dry, normal, combination skin
Best hydrating primer...I have a very dry skin due to acne medication and this primer feels so good and light on your skin but hydrates in the same time! ...Great primer...I love how this primer hydrates my dry skin but also leaves it soft and ready for my makeup!
What it is: A makeup primer that boosts skin's hydration and radiance for up to 24 hours while extending makeup wear.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.
What Else You Need to Know: Refresh dry or dehydrated skin instantly with Step 1 Primer Hydra Booster. Its rich, creamy texture features ginseng, glycerin, and glycols to boost skin's hydration and a radiant look for up to 24 hours, while the invisible wear extends makeup. This primer works perfectly for all skin tones.
Size: 1.1 oz/ 32.5mL·ITEM: 2575322
Color: Main Squeeze - champagne gold for all skin types
Hydrate hydrate hydrate!...Best shimmering/hydrating primer!...I wasn’t sure if I would because I get nervous using things under foundation that aren’t just straight up skincare, but this is such a beautiful hybrid. It actually hydrates the skin and the glow/radiance you get from it is STUNNING.
What it is: A skincare-infused, radiant priming serum that hydrates, preps, and protects skin for a lit-from-within glow.
Skin Type: Normal, Oily, Dry, and Combination
Concerns: Dryness, Pores, and Uneven Tone
- Vitamin C: Visibly brightens dullness and protects skin from free radicals.
- Niacinamide: Minimizes the appearance of pores.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and visibly plumps fine lines and wrinkles.
Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan.