* 2-in-1 products eliminate the need for separate products
* Great for when you are short on time
* Save some money by only buying one product
Priming moisturizers are a unique product because they do double-duty by offering moisturization, while smoothing out and perfecting your skin so that it’s ready for makeup application. Great for when you’re short on time, don’t want to spend money on a separate product, or just need flawless makeup application with intense hydration, priming moisturizers are a beauty 2-in-1 worth your investment.
Our top picks below will reduce your need for a standard pre-makeup skin primer, and are filled with good-for-skin ingredients that will only enhance makeup application and wear throughout the day.
1. First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Moisturizer
First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is a two-in-one moisturizer and makeup gripping primer. Formulated with superfood ingredients that are rich in proteins, electrolytes and minerals, this priming moisturizer hydrates and smooths skin as light-reflecting micro-pearls impart a dewy glow. Use alone as a moisturizer or as a prep step prior to makeup for a subtle radiance that will last all day.
First Aid Beauty Priming Moisturizer
2. Glossier Priming Moisturizer
The Priming Moisturizer by Glossier is touted as the gold standard when it comes to the emerging priming moisturizer category. This moisturizer gives your face a fresh, glowing canvas that’s ready for makeup and visibly plumps the skin with by adding moisture without causing excessive shine. It creates an even texture and helps minimize the appearance of pores, helping your foundation and concealer go on seamlessly.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
3. Embryollisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Embryolisse’s Concentrated Lait Cream is a European import that’s a makeup artist favorite due to its many different uses: use as a moisturizing cream after your cleanse your face, a cleansing cream that gently removes makeup, an after-shave cream and as a lotion for babies and children. By combining emulsifying and softening agents with active moisturizers, this cream respects the skin’s natural balance and encourages the rebuilding of the skin’s natural protective layer.
4. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a 24-hour daily face moisturizer and is their number one selling product. This classic cream moisturizer offers continuous moisture replenishment for skin throughout the day, and even protects the skin from some of the severest weather conditions. This moisturizer basically replenishes skin hydration by drawing and absorbing moisture from the air leaving skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
5. Vichy Aqualia Mineral Water Gel
The Thermal Mineral Water Gel Facial Moisturizer by Vichy is an ultra-lightweight gel moisturizer that’s best suited for those with normal to combination skin. What sets this moisturizer apart is that it contains a high concentration of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, which is a unique volcanic water rich in 15 minerals that strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and helps protect against aggressors. This moisturizer provides a burst of comfort and hydration without leaving a filmy residue behind, making it a perfect canvas to prep skin for makeup.
Vichy Laboratories Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel
6. Korres Greek Yoghurt Smoothie
The Korres Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturiser is made with 26 percent Greek yogurt proteins to visibly plump and strengthen skin for perfectly smooth makeup application and all day wear. Greek Yogurt is filled with protein, probiotics and minerals to nourish and smooth skin.