These Makeup Primers Have Serious Skin-Care Benefits

Thatiana Diaz

It's a mixed-up world we're living in, but there are some things that just go together: wine and cheese. Chrissy Teigen and Twitter. Beyoncé and Netflix. Lately, there's been another natural pairing we can't get enough of: makeup primers and serious skin-care benefits. Yes, there is a way to get longer-lasting foundation and treat your dark spots with just one product — it's a match made in heaven.

Thanks to some of our favourite beauty brands, there are more skin care-primer hybrids on the market than ever, catering to a wide range of complexion needs and concerns. Whether you're dealing with dullness, dry skin, or breakouts, there's a formula for you — and we've rounded up the very best options, ahead.

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Primer, moisturiser, and SPF 50 in one fell swoop, so you don't have to worry about sun protection, dryness, or your makeup sliding off — that sounds like a good skin day to us.

NARS Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50, $29, available at NARS

This oil-free primer doesn't just blur the appearance of pores and lend skin a matte finish all day long — it also controls breakouts with a dose of salicylic acid.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer 50ml, $20.5, available at FeelUnique

Inspired by the brand's cult-favourite Banana Bright Eye Crème, this new primer similarly brightens up the skin for a dewy, all-over radiance. Smooth it on alone for a subtle your-skin-but-better glow or under makeup for extended wear.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright™ Face Primer, $28, available at Boots

Launching this weekend, this primer makes use of the same brightening and nourishing ingredients that made the Skin Love foundation a bestseller. With this new extension of the line, you get the same skin-care benefits and the perfect base for coverage with a blurring blend that smooths out the skin.

Becca Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer, $28, available at Cult Beauty

If your foundation tends to settle into fine lines, this serum primer is for you. It creates a dewy, hydrating base that ensures your foundation goes on smooth and lasts longer — and leaves a natural glow behind.

Beautyblender Opal Essence Serum Primer, $28.5, available at Cult Beauty

This classic go-to is the topical equivalent of Lucozade the morning after a night of tequila shots. Perfect for when you need an instant (and urgent) fix, this longtime favourite treats skin with coconut water, probiotics, and other proven skin revivers, as well as creating a smooth base for whatever you need to cover up. It's just what the doctor ordered.

Too Faced Hangover Primer, $27, available at Cult Beauty

Our dreams of owning an Instagram filter in a tube have come true with this primer, which blurs away imperfections instantly and brightens and firms skin over time.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $25, available at Pur Minerals

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