I neglected using primers for a long time think that they did not do anything extra. But now, I use primers on a pretty frequent basis and some days even on its own. If you have dry skin and dislike the texture of mattifying or smoothing primers, I have some suggestions for you. Today I’ll be sharing the best hydrating primers for dry skin for those looking for moisture and a perfect base.
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Becca makes some amazing makeup products and are most well known for their highlighters. I actually bought this primer because it came in a Black Friday set that included a Becca highlighter I wanted to try.
The Becca First Light Priming Filter ($47) is a lilac hued formula with a very thin consistency. There’s a slight lemony scent to it that’s very refreshing. I love using this on days when I want to skip foundation but still put on cheek products. The formula softens any redness on my skin with a cool violet filter and provides a tacky finish for long lasting wear.
If I don’t use a primer, bronzer and blush will often fall off my skin very quickly. But using this allows me to apply my cheek products without foundation. The formula also feels hydrating on the skin which is a must for me.
Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer
Asian beauty products really know how to make things cute. The Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer ($39.30) is gorgeous with an ombre of pink pearls inside. To get the formula out, you simply press on the pump which will squeeze the pearls out in a serum form. At first when I rub the primer on my skin, there are some small “chunks” of product. It does get absorbed pretty quickly though.
Out of the 5 primers featured in this post, this one has the thickest consistency. It has a strong powder smell that’s prominent in a lot of Paul & Joe products. This is definitely better for when you are going for an all glam makeup look. There is a good tack to it which will grab on to makeup. The feel on its own is not as good as some of my other picks.
I really wanted to include this on the list though because it’s such a unique packaging and look. I also don’t hear people talk about Paul & Joe that often and I think it’s a great brand to check out if you’re into more natural Asian makeup looks.
Makeup Forever Step 1 Equalizer Primer – Hydrating Primer
I usually associate Makeup Forever with professional makeup artists as the brand has a huge range of color and formulas to choose from. Their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer range is no exception. There’s actually 4 versions in the natural finish, 1 in matte finish, and 6 in radian finish. The one I have been using is the Hydrating Primer ($45) with a natural finish.
This formula is also quite thin but has more of a skincare serum feel to it. It also has a luxurious skincare smell. This one does not leave a tacky finish and really smooths out the look of my skin. I usually like to wear this when my skin is feeling dry to help foundation apply a bit smoother.
The other thing I like is that this applicator has a very narrow nozzle. It allows for more controlled squeezing and less wasted product!
From left to right: Becca First Light Priming Filter, Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer, Makeup Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer
Covergirl Trublend Skin Primer – Color Neutralizing
I wanted to make sure to have at least one drugstore option in this round up. My pick is the Covergirl Trublend Skin Primer ($12.99). The version I picked is the color neutralizing but there are 3 other options.
The formula of this is a bit thicker and feels like a light facial moisturizer. It leaves my skin looking and feeling smooth. I have redness on my cheeks especially if I don’t fully wash off my makeup the night before. I love using this when I want to minimize the redness but don’t have time for foundation. While it doesn’t fully cover my redness, it definitely reduces the color and helps to smooth the complexion.
Stila One Step Correct
The Stila One Step Correct ($47) is one of the coolest looking primers out there. The helix pattern is instantly recognizable and serves to color correct, brighten and nourish. I love how beautiful the colors are in the tube but the 3 colors mixed together actually turns into a brown. When you first blend out the product, it is a mousse type of texture but does settle into the skin quickly.
I feel this hydrates and also color corrects. The only thing to watch out for is that I find this pills with certain products and also if you accidentally use too much. Therefore it’s best to be used on its own without foundation.
From left to right: Covergirl Trublend Skin Primer in Color Neutralizing, Stila One Step Correct
So these are my picks for hydrating primers for dry skin. My current favorites are the Becca First Light Priming Filter and the Covergirl Trublend. If you have dry skin, I’d recommend looking for a primer that has the consistency of skincare as oppose to the silicone feel. Also, if you plan on wearing primer instead of foundation, look for something with a smooth finish. If you need help with makeup sticking to your skin for longer, look for a tacky finish.