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If you’ve tried primers before but decided they either didn’t do anything for you or made your makeup pill or flake, we want to introduce you to the best primers for dry skin. Like with your skincare, it’s so important to use a primer suited to your skin type!
If your skin’s dry, avoid anything focused on matte finishes and shine control, and try to skip anything pumped full of alcohol. You’ll want to aim for products that promise dewy, plump results instead — perhaps even featuring hydrating ingredients!
How We Found the Best Primers for Dry Skin
First, we looked for anything specifically labeled for dry skin, or with those magic words like “plumping” and “dewy” on the bottle. We also peeked into the ingredients lists, searching for moisturizing favorites like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. We also liked to see water-based primers, since they’re often alcohol-free, as well as thicker textures for extra-dry skin. We were on the lookout for anything that was a serum/primer or moisturizer-primer hybrid as well, knowing it’d have a heavy skincare focus!
Of course, we also took our own experience into account with different brands, as well as reviewers’ experiences and ratings. A beauty brand can claim many things, but we’re always wary to try something without approval from our peers!
11 of the Best Primers for Dry Skin
1. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich
Heavy Duty Hydration
If your face is in need of some serious moisture, this Rich version of Glossier’s famous Priming Moisturizer is the way to go. It contains ceramides, fatty acids and shea and murumuru butters to majorly reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier while helping to soothe redness and create an even base for makeup application!
- Over 1,000 reviews
- Olivia Rodrigo recently partnered up with the brand
- Could be a little heavy for hot weather
Available at: Glossier
2. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer
For a “Goddess-Worthy” Complexion
This primer is all about “dewy” and “radiant” skin, so we knew it would be a great choice. We can always rely on Charlotte Tilbury! This primer contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, camellia oil and wild pansy extract to keep skin plump, and it claims to deliver a “soft-focus” effect for a natural glow!
- In a clinical study, 100% agreed skin looked dewy and radiant
- Claims to moisturize for up to 24 hours
3. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops
For a Glass Skin Glow
This multi-use product dropped a couple of years ago, but its popularity has been soaring lately thanks to content creators on TikTok and Instagram. It contains hyaluronic acid, real watermelon extract and brightening niacinamide for a healthy, high-shine finish!
- Can also be used as a highlighting serum or can be mixed with foundation
- No mica, glitter, or gray cast
- Features fragrance, which could deter some shoppers
Available at: Sephora
4. Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer
If we’ve learned anything about skincare, it’s that if an ingredient makes you do a double-take, it’s probably awesome for your skin. This priming moisturizer contains unexpected infusions like kombucha black tea and fermented ginger to even out the skin while green tea seed oil softens and hydrates!
- Contains illuminating minerals
- One of the pricier options
5. Honest Beauty Everything Primer Glow + 2HA
A Clean Beauty Favorite
We love when companies make multiple versions of a primer for different skin types. Jessica Alba‘s company, Honest Beauty, did just that, and this Glow primer obviously stood out as our pick. It incorporates two types of hyaluronic acid into its formula. This dermatologist-tested primer is EWG Certified too!
- Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic
- 100% tree-free paper carton
6. NYX Plump Right Back Electrolytes Plumping Primer Serum
A Futuristic Find
NYX actually makes a nice handful of hydrating primers for dry skin, but we narrowed it down to this electrolyte-infused primer serum because it’s just too cool. You know how you drink something with electrolytes when you’re dehydrated? It’s the same idea here. This serum also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, magnesium and potassium!
- A more affordable option
- Available in multiple sizes
- Features fragrance, which could deter some shoppers
7. Wander Beauty Pack Up & Glow Priming SPF
Powered With SPF Protection
If you often tend to forget your sunscreen, then make things easier for yourself by using an SPF primer! This SPF 40 mineral sunscreen, a nice pick for sensitive skin, delivers a satin finish and contains plant-derived squalene and hyaluronic acid for a plump glow. It’s alcohol-free and claims to prevent photoaging and moisture loss too!
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Rich in antioxidants
- Satin finish may not be as preferable for ultra-dry skin types in colder weather
8. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer, Till Prime Dew Us Part
Our Most Affordable Pick
Whether you’re new to primers or are simply looking to spend less, let Us point you in the direction of this Wet N Wild favorite. It has so many positive ratings, and it’s infused with vitamin E to smooth and soften your skin, leaving a dewy finish. This pick is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free!
- Under $10
- Infused with pearl pigments
- Formula may be a little simple for more advanced beauty fanatics
9. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer
For the Silkiest Skin
The Hydrating version of this Fenty primer is the right pick for dry skin. It’s lightweight but has a “silky-smooth” formula that claims to instantly hydrate and eliminate dry patches. This primer also contains blue agave extract, which is known to contain “anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties” and keep skin moisturized! (Face the Vibes)
- No parabens or phthalates
- Reviewers are raving about how hydrated and dewy their skin feels after using it
- If you have combination skin, it may not be as suitable for using all over
10. Pacifica Vegan Collagen Skin Solve Primer
For a Blurred Effect
This product claims to prime, blur and hydrate all at once, including vegan collagen in its formula for some seriously supple skin. It’s also infused with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, jasmine extract, orange extract and caffeine!
- 100% glass bottle
- No talc, parabens, phthalates or mineral oil
- A few shoppers think it smells a bit like a cleaning product
11. Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Primer
A Luxurious Luminizer
If you’re looking for another lavish option, look no further than Kjaer Weis’ The Beautiful Primer. It’s a luminizing, hydrating primer made with soothing lavender water, moisturizing olive oil and firming Spilanthes acmella flower extract. You might opt to wear this one even on no-makeup days!
- Certified organic
- Potential long-term benefits as well
- It’s recommended that you let it absorb for five to seven minutes before applying makeup
Other Primers We Love for Dry Skin
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