The One Trick to Perfect Summer Makeup? Primer!

Start using primer before your makeup to keep it looking fresh all day long. The secret to preventing makeup from melting off your face during the dog days of summer? Primer. Makeup artists have long been touting this product as the best way to maintaining great looking skin when wearing cosmetics.

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"Not to prime is a crime," celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder Napoleon Perdis, told totalbeauty.com. "It's been my career-long mantra as it helps finesse your foundation, helping your skin to stay flawless for longer."

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As consumers finally catch on, beauty brands are creating tons of new primers that help relieve oiliness and fill in lines and wrinkles for an amazingly smooth and even makeup canvas. Read on for the 10 best primers on the market.
1. Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion, $31, sephora.com This paraben-free formula glides on seamlessly and can be worn underneath makeup or on its own. A little magical ingredient called Matrixyl 3000 helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while hyaluronic filling spheres minimize fine lines. Try this primer if you need a bit more moisture in your routine.
2. L'Oreal Magic Lumi Primer, $12.95, drugstore.com Give skin a boost of glow while priming this complexion enhancing formula. This formula contains a unique liquid light technology that, once applied, blends seamlessly into the skin. Try dabbing a bit under the eyebrows and in the corner of your eyes to make tired eyes look more awake.
This primer works to beat blemishes while keeping your makeup intact. 3. Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, $42, sephora.com For those that who wish to treat blemishes while wearing makeup, this is a great option. The formula contains a strong 2% dose of salicylic acid to prevent and heal blemishes underneath your makeup. A light application provides oil-free hydration.
4. COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer, $12, drugstore.com This multi-tasking product is surprisingly light and glides easily onto your skin when applied. The formula contains Olay's Regenerist moisturizer, so it will firm and tighten the skin while creating a flawless surface for your makeup.

5. Dior CC Primer - Radiance Booster Color Correcting Primer, $50, sephora.com This primer is a bit more expensive, but it's worth the investment. Instead of a tube or pump, the formula mists out of a can. Due to its photo-smart pigments, this lightweight spray color corrects your imperfections (hence the "CC" in the title), evens out your skin tone and brightens dull complexions.
6. NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer - Oil- Free, $34, sephora.com If your face is a bit oily, this gel primer is ideal for your skin type. It somehow blurs the look of pores to make them look smaller, and creates a perfect matte surface to eliminate all signs of oil.
This cheaper primer works just as well as the more expensive ones! 7. e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer, $6, drugstore.com Not trying to break the bank for your first primer? Try this affordable version-it works just as well as many expensive products. It works to combat excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores, and fine lines.
8. Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment, $38, sephora.com Take the plunge (literally!) with this summer activity-friendly, water-resistant gel primer. It's 100% vegan (no parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, or talc) and works double duty to prevent and heal acne blemishes while keeping skin matte and wrinkle-free.
9. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance, $32, sephora.com This popular primer is chock full of vitamins A, C, and E, and skin-conditioning jojoba. Sephora.com credits this creation as one of the first primers to to hit the market back in 1995. Over the years it's been updated to its current color-correcting formula.
10. Boots No7 Colour Calming Primer, $9.99, drugstore.com For skin that's prone to redness, try this hypoallergenic primer that works to neutralize, conceal, and reduce discolorations, allowing your complexion to look its best.
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