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illuminating face primer

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for illuminating face primer.

Face primer is a makeup base that helps you get a smooth, even surface for your foundation. It's also an important step in the application of any foundation or BB cream product. Here are some great options for illuminating face primers.

Laura MercierEye Basics Primer

Size: 0.18 oz/ 5 g·ITEM: 1098839

Color: Linen - light ivory

1.5K Reviews


If you want the no make-up look, I'd recommend Dior skinflash - it's what I use under my eyes every day and it's fantastic. Very illuminating and soft subtle coverage. Blends instantly. ...Eye primer...My eyelids are dared and this illuminates naturally! Love this! Can't wait to try other colors!

What it is:
A water-resistant eyelid primer that camouflages imperfections and discolorations, while it enhances the durability of eye makeup.

What it does:
Eye Basics provides the perfect canvas for eyelids to help eye color stay on longer. The highly versatile formula is water-resistant and crease-proof. Its sheer, creamy texture blends easily and smoothly, leaving a long-lasting, semi-matte finish.

Yves Saint LaurentTouche Eclat Blur Face Primer

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1713114

Color: Blur Primer Gold - brightens and evens skintone

2.2K Reviews


This primer feels like your average silicone primer. Not moisturizing like most illuminating primers are. ...I like the little gold flakes inside. It helps illuminate your skin.

What it is: A non-greasy, lightweight makeup primer with light-infused pigments and four nourishing oils that blur imperfections and smooths the look of skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Corn Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Passiflora oil, and Rice Bran Oil: Nurture and leave skin feeling soft.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

SmashboxPhoto Finish Lid Primer

Size: 0.08 oz/ 2.2 g·ITEM: 1899475

Color: Light

151 Reviews


great primer...I find that all my shadows work well on this primer. Love that it has no scent and is cruelty-free....I really wanted to love this primer but I don’t find that it keeps my shadow lasting as long as other primers I’ve used.

What it is: A creamy, tinted eyeshadow primer instantly intensifies color, keeping shadow locked in place and looking freshly applied for up to eight hours.

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

What Else You Need to Know: Prime, prep, and perfect lids with a lightweight, cruelty-free eye primer formula that color-corrects lids, blending seamlessly for smooth, even application without creasing, caking, fading, or smudging.

MAC CosmeticsPrep + Prime Natural Radiance

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL·ITEM: 2097657

Color: Radiant Pink

15 Reviews


I did give it 3 stars for it's primer capabilities....Tried a sample first and purchased full size after I noticed the glow it gives, skin type normal and the primer is not tacky, more like a moisturizer feeling lol.

What it is:
A makeup primer that's specifically beneficial for oily and combination skin types.

What it does:
A silky gel emulsion, rich in natural ingredients, Prep + Prime Natural Radiance hydrates and primes to improve foundation or powder application, control oil, and promote smooth texture. Vitamins E and C protect with antioxidants, while caffeine calms skin. Illuminating pearl powders reflect optic radiance. The formula disappears upon application, resulting in a beautiful glow. The formula controls shine, provides long-term hydration, and improves radiance while smoothing and softening the look of skin.

What else you need to know:
This product is silicone-free.

beautyblenderTHE LEVELER™ Pore Minimizing Primer

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2191179

Color: Tan-Deep

793 Reviews


I have normal to dry skin and this primer worked beautifully for me! I’m only giving it 4 instead of 5 starts because I personally like a dewy or illuminating primer and this was more of a basic matte primer. ...One of the best primers I have tried...This primer easily glided on my face and made my foundation application smooth and easy.

What it is: A lightweight, smoothing primer that helps reduce the appearance of pores, redness, and uneven texture.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also cruelty-free and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This skin-smoothing primer contains niacinamide to help blur the appearance of redness, large pores, and uneven texture.

MAKE UP FOR EVERStep 1 Primer Hydra Booster

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424695

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

202 Reviews


Gave my hydration and a glow! I don’t believe in primers but love this one! ...One of the best primers out there!...Primers are finicky. I have used primers that have sat on the face making makeup difficult to apply and I have used primers that make my face so dry that they end up being worthless.

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

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.

MAKE UP FOR EVERColor Correcting Step 1 Primers

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424752

Color: Grayness reducer - tan to deep skin with dullness & uneven tone

486 Reviews


This is my absolute favorite primer. My skin glows! It helps my makeup to stay on even longer and prevents it from caking up in crease lines. ...If you have pale skin and are looking for a primer to help illuminate your face and make up routine, I highly recommend the MUFE Step 1 primer in the tone Fresh Brightener!

What it is: A color-correcting primer that delivers an even complexion and radiant-looking skin that lasts all day.


Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination

Uneven Skin Tone

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.

What Else You Need to Know:
Even your complexion with this color-correcting primer, which reduces dullness. Packed with ginseng, this illuminating formula adds radiance and hydration, corrects skin tone for up to 24 hours, and is ideal for fair to light skin tones with sallowness.


It looks white but has slight pink undertone and looks illuminating. Base has slight scent which I don’t mind. ...not color correcting but illuminating...It didn’t do much color correcting, but just acted as an illuminating primer. It feels good under makeup though.. so I’m torn whether to return it or not.

What it is: A color corrector in three shades even skin tone

GucciGucci Matte Primer

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2508117

77 Reviews


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.

Highlighted Ingredients:

- 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.

ValentinoV-Lighter Illuminating Face Primer and Highlighter with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 25 mL·ITEM: 2542843

Color: Rosa - ideal for fair-to-light complexions with cool undertones

163 Reviews


beautiful liquid highlight for a glow from within!...has a beautiful radiance and glow from within look. love using it as a top coat illuminating glazed highlight look! ...It worked and blended extremely well under my foundation and added a beautiful illuminating glow. It lasted all day and didn’t get cakey or leave my skin feeling greasy.

What it is: A multitasking lightweight makeup primer formulated with skincare ingredients to provide up to 24 hours of hydration and a rapidly visible glow.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Roma-Light Complex™: Light-reflecting, color-boosting pearls to enhance skin’s natural luminosity.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Visibly plumps skin.

What Else You Need to Know: Formulated with hyaluronic acid for up to 24 hours of hydration and ultra-fine light-reflecting pearls for a luminous look, this multitasking primer and highlighter can be worn alone, under or on top of your foundation. It is available in two shades: Rosa, ideal for fair-to-light complexions with cool undertones, and Ambra, ideal for medium-to-deep complexions.

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