Primers to Perfect Your Complexion

The low-down on why you need primer, the products that work best, and where to buy them.

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Courtesy of Too Faced

We've always found makeup primer to be somewhat confusing. What exactly does it do? Do we need it? But it turns out, the extra step is pretty life-changing.

Primer is designed to smooth out the skin on your face, eyelids, and lips, and give your makeup extra longevity. So when you're headed to a long day at the office or a special night out, applying primer first is in your best interest.

These heavenly formulas fill in fine lines, large pores, creases, and work as an even base for color (lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, etc.). That means they also help with acne scars and discoloration. Are you convinced yet? Click through to find our top 10 favorite primer picks.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin-Smoothing Face Primer, $30; toofaced.com