Water Based Face Primer

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Water-based face primers are a great way to prep your skin for makeup. They're also a good option for people with sensitive skin or those who don't want to use oil on their faces. Water-based face primers are easy to find and use, making them a great choice for beginners. Here are a few of our favorites.

$47.00

Most of my favorite foundations are water based, so I’m always on the lookout for a good water based primer. ...I really liked this primer. I’ve never been a fan of water based ones but this was nice. ...Great water based primer

What it is: An ultra-lightweight and breathable water-based face primer that blurs and refines the look of pores while ensuring a long-lasting, even makeup application.

Finish:
Natural

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Water 73%: Ultra lightweight and gentle on skin.
- Vitamin E Derivative: Provides antioxidant benefits.
- Glycerin: Contributes to smooth application.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

$108.00

Most similar to NARS radiance primer...Well I finally pulled the trigger after spending many times more over the years with different primers. This one slicks on like water and definitely helps my Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow sheer foundation slide on easier as well. ...A very good primer!...First of all, I like how this is a water-based primer, but it works just as well as silicone based primers when it comes to filling fine lines, if not better.

What it is:
A color-correcting and radiance-boosting primer.

What it does:
Météorites Primer smooths and color-corrects your skin tone for a radiant complexion. Infused with a delicate violet scent, it’s formulated with Guerlain’s signature Stardust Technology: a unique complex encapsulating a celestial powder that transforms light invisible to the naked eye into visible and soft-focus perfecting light to blur imperfections and provide exceptional radiance.

$52.00

Holy grail primer!!...Keep in mind you do need to use water based face products since it’s a water based primer. ...water based primer...It is a water based primer so you have to use it with a water based foundation, like the Milk one.

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.

$57.00

Awesome for my very temperamental sometimes dry, sometimes oily skin and great base for water based foundation. Gives a great glowy look....Water based primer water based make up = flawless application.

What it is: A replenishing face primer that hydrates, smooths, and brightens for a dewy, healthy-looking complexion.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination

Concerns: Dryness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Coconut Water: Hydrates skin.
- Probiotics: Boosts skin’s visible radiance and elasticity.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

LANEIGEGlowy Makeup Serum

ITEM: 2352441

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL

696 Reviews

$43.50

It's super easy to apply, and only requires 1-2 drops at a time. It's water based, so it didn't leave my skin oily at all either. ...It would also be great for those who don't wear makeup, as it helps to balance water levels and boosts hydration.

What it is: A lightweight, hydrating serum that keeps oil in check for visibly smoother skin and longer-lasting makeup wear.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Diamond Mineral Powder: Creates a visibly translucent glow and smooths skin’s appearance.
- Light Fit Prep Technology: Helps makeup last longer.
- Ceramide Hydration Gel: Delivers and locks in moisture for an oil-water balance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates.

$49.00

It’s a thinner formula almost like a water based moisturizer. Plus I love the packaging and the color....It works with any foundation I've used and stays matte (I've only used matte water based foundations though). It definitely makes my makeup last compared to other primers I've used.

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

What it is:
A shine-stopping, pore-diffusing primer that smooths the way for better foundation application and longer wear with an instant retouch effect.

What it does:
Nothing is sexier than touch-worthy skin. Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer is the first step to getting there. Paired with Pro Filt'r Foundation, this oil-free primer smooths away the look of pores, visibly evens skin tone and texture, and instantly absorbs shine without feeling dry or chalky. That means smoother foundation application and longer makeup wear.

$65.00

As for the consistency, It’s not too thick, has the right amount of water/hydration! Not something i would use everyday...Love love this primer. It reminds me so much of Guerlain water based primer.

What it is: A hydrating, lightweight, non-comedogenic, multi-use, skin-prepping, and priming face oil that delivers a smooth, dewy complexion.

Finish:
Radiant

Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, and Combination

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Is known to soothe skin.
- Aloe: Is known to soothe skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This lightweight, multi-use oil delivers up to 24 hours of hydration and a smoother, dewy-looking complexion. Use alone to prep and prime skin or mix with foundation for a hydration boost.

Urban DecayAll Nighter Face Primer

ITEM: 2302818

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL

519 Reviews

$51.50

I got this as an alternative to the milk makeup hydro grip primer bc i use a water based concealer, and this is a water based primer. there’s no weird smell, it lasts all day, and makes my makeup look so good!...It didn't feel heavy and is water based. It kept my Estee Lauder foundation perfectly in place.

What it is: A smoothing and hydrating face primer that grips foundation into place and supports its staying power, so your look lasts all day.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This long-wearing complexion primer goes on sheer, silky soft to the touch, and leaves skin feeling hydrated. It preps and smooths the look of skin, then grips makeup in place so it lasts longer, but is so lightweight that you can wear it solo. It reduces the look of fine lines and leaves skin feeling slightly lifted.

$62.00

My skin absorbs it quite fast, and I have not used it with water based foundations, but it worked really well with the silicone based ones. ...It is a water based lightweight primer. It gives matte finish and is good for aging skin.

What it is: A primer that smooths skin for even makeup application and improves skin's radiance.

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Skin-Perfecting Complex: Blend of rose extracts that work to moisturize, protect, and smooth skin.
- Porcelain Flower: Promotes long-term radiance.
- Encapsulated Luminous Pearls: Provide light reflection on skin for natural radiance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

What Else You Need to Know: This p

$62.00

top 5 primers to use...This primer is water based and very hydrating I love it!...love this hydrating primer i think its water based & it works BEAUTIFULLY with the anastasia bh foundation (i think silicone based) looks smooth and creates an amazing base on all kinds of skins type on my clients

What it is: A primer that smooths skin for even makeup application and visibly plumps the skin to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Finish:
Natural

Formulation:
Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Skin Perfecting Complex: Blend of rose extracts that work to moisturize, protect, and smooth skin.
- Minerals: Mineral-enriched water sourced from France known to decrease dullness.
- Glycerin: Attracts moisture to the skin for flawless makeup application.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent syn

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