makeup primer for beginners

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for makeup primer for beginners.

When it comes to makeup, primer is one of the most important steps. It helps foundation last longer and prevents your skin from becoming shiny or greasy. Here are some great options for makeup primers for beginners.

MAKE UP FOR EVERStep 1 Primer Hydra Booster

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424695

Color: Hydra Booster - for dry, normal, combination skin

278 Reviews

$40.00

Now I'm not a big fan of primers, I know, shocking. But I've noticed with most primers it separates my makeup or makes it look uneven and cake-like. ...Loving this primer! Makes my makeup go on flawlessly. There is no “pilling” or build up like with other primers....Great primer!

What it is: A makeup primer that boosts skin's hydration and radiance for up to 24 hours while extending makeup wear.

Finish:
Radiant

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, and Combination

Concerns: Dryness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 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.

$38.00

Perfect for beginners...I was gifted this Milk Hydro Grip primer and all I can say is.. Wow! I’m a beginner at doing my makeup so I’ve always bought the cheap stuff wondering why my makeup never looked good, blended, or stayed on long… after using this one time my makeup look has DRAMATICALLY improved. ...Please note I'm a make up novice - still learning put this is amazing.

What it is: An award-winning longwear gel makeup primer that grips makeup for up to 12 hours and hydrates with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide for a dewy finish.


Finish: Radiant


Formulation: Lightweight, Gel


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Blue Agave Extract: Grips makeup to prevent melting, fading, and caking.

- Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) : Boost hydration to visibly smooth uneven texture.

$28.00

Love the texture and feel of this primer. Highly recommend to anyone from beginners to long time makeup users. ...I love that Rare Beauty products are easy for even novice like myself to use. It’s amazing and makes me feel pretty.

What it is: A hydrating, cushiony gel primer that blurs the look of pores and fine lines, boosts and extends makeup wear, and helps fight shine all day.

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination

Concerns: Oil and Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and conditions.
- Green Tea Extract: Helps soothe and calm skin.
- Vitamin E: Protects skin from environmental stressors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, and retinyl palmitate. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

tarteOpening Act™ Lash Primer

ITEM: 1707835

Size: 0.24 oz/ 7.1 mL

399 Reviews

$27.00

This primer is life! I tried several other primers, but they were all too heavy and thick for my lashes and led to massive clumping. ...This doesn't clump and is easy for even a novice user. Great for lengthening and volume. However, if you are looking for one that is thickening this is not the one for you.

What it is: An ultra-conditioning lash treatment primer that delivers volume to your lashes before you even apply mascara.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Cellulose: Plant-derived thickening agent.
- Caranuba Wax: Emollient from the leaves of the carnauba palm to ensure a smooth application.
- Olive Esters: Help condition and protect lashes.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, and triclosan. This product is also cruelty-free and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This lash primer lengthens and strengthens with nurturing, plant-based conditioners to fend off flaking and fall-out.

MILK MAKEUPKUSH Lash Primer

ITEM: 2203834

Size: 0.32 oz/ 9.5 mL

408 Reviews

$28.00

Love this lash primer! It's worth the price. I've tried many different primers - Lancôme; L'Oreal; and Clinique included. ...Whether it’s lashes, face, lip, eyeshadow, I do not use primer. This primer is the first one that actually showed a difference.

What it is: A lash primer with thickening, heart-shaped fibers and conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil for a volumizing base.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil: Conditions for healthier-looking lashes and smooth application, and fuses fibers to lashes for thickness without fallout.
- Heart-Shaped Fibers: Prime with a layer of weightless volume, and lock onto lashes in each direction, adding width and length for long-lasting volume.
- Poppy Seed Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil: Nourish and hydrate.

MAKE UP FOR EVERMini Step 1 Primer Hydra Booster

Size: 0.5 oz / 15 ml·ITEM: 2424786

Color: Hydra Booster

310 Reviews

$23.00

I would 100% recommend this to any makeup beginner or anyone who needs a moisturizing primer!...My new favorite primer!! 5 stars!!...Most smoothing primers don’t hydrate and vise versa. It definitely holds my makeup in place all day.

What it is: A mini-size makeup primer that boosts skin's hydration and radiance for up to 24 hours while extending makeup wear.

$15.00

New fav primer...Love how the formula felt against my skin, like a matte and gel kind of touch. My makeup looks smooth and not too cakey like the other primers....would recommend for beginners...This product is pretty nice but it kinda has a weird texture but I would say my makeup wasn't to messed up after wearing it. The bottle does that a while

What it is: A hydrating, cushiony gel primer that blurs the look of pores and fine lines, boosts and extends makeup wear, and helps fight shine all day.

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination

Concerns: Oil and Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and conditions.
- Green Tea Extract: Helps soothe and calm skin.
- Vitamin E: Protects skin from environmental stressors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, and retinyl palmitate. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

SEPHORA COLLECTIONSmooth + Blur Primer

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2413318

452 Reviews

$16.00

Holy Grail of Primers!...Sephora Collection gifted me to this product, but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I’m new to primer but this seems to be the holy grail of affordable primers! ...Sephora Collection gifted me to this product, but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I love a good primer! and this one is excellent for beginners and it also seamlessly blends into the skin very naturally.

What it is: A silky makeup primer that gives a soft-focused, blurred effect to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Finish:
Natural

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination

Concerns: Dryness, Oil, Pores, and Uneven Skin Tone

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Gingko Extract and Stabilized Vitamin E: Known to protect skin from environmental factors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and mineral oil. It is also vegan.

What Else You Need to Know: This lightweight formula diffuses imperfections and smooths your skin texture with a soft-powder finish. It is perfect as a smooth base to extend makeup wear and is formulated for all skin types.

Danessa Myricks BeautyYummy Skin Glow Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Niacinamide

Size: 1.1 oz/ 32.5mL·ITEM: 2575330

Color: Juice Boost - warm copper/bronze for all skin types

334 Reviews

$34.00

Perfect product to give you all the juicy glow for beginners to professionals! Wear it alone or underneath foundation for the yummiest glow from within. ...This is one of the only primers that I can use on top of any sunscreen without it pilling!

What it is: A skincare-infused, radiant priming serum that hydrates, preps, and protects skin for a lit-from-within glow.

Finish:
Radiant

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, and Combination

Concerns: Dryness, Pores, and Uneven Tone

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 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.

$23.00

The best lash primer out there...Highly recommend as a beginner or forever lash primer!...Best primer by far!!...I have tried many primers, including Lancôme and other more expensive primers but this is the definitely the best product and it is also cheaper so it's a win win!!

What it is: A lash-conditioning undercoat that enhances the benefits of other Clinique mascaras, moisturizes, and helps to condition dry lashes.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil. This product is also vegan and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Lash Building Primer is ophthalmologist-tested.

Please note: Lash Building Primer is not recommended for use with Lash Power Mascara, High Impact Curling Mascara, or Bottom Lash Mascara (each sold separately).

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