The Best Drugstore Primers  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
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List Rules Vote up the primers that really lock your look in place.

Primer is a makeup prep item that you definitely shouldn't skip. It can mean the difference between retouching your makeup all day and never having to check a mirror once! Don’t worry, though; you don’t have to spend a lot of money to add this step to your daily routine. In fact, it’s pretty easy to find cheap primers that work amazingly.

From NYX’s Honey Dew Me Up, the ultimate dewy-finish primer, to the e.l.f. Lip Primer and Plumper, you don’t have to look any further than your local drugstore (or your Amazon account) to score the best budget makeup primers.

You'll never break the bank again.


Mermaids, rejoice! This primer from NYX was created specifically to minimize glitter fallout and render loose glitter products totally waterproof. It's a must.


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Angel Veil is a velvety smooth primer that creates the absolutely perfect canvas on which to create your art. It literally feels like heaven on your skin!


The name kind of says it all. If you're looking for a primer that's hydrating and pore-minimizing (which you are, of course), look no further than this Milani face primer


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Apply this shadow primer from Wet n Wild on your eyelids before doing any eye makeup. Your look will seriously last all day long. As a stellar bonus, the formula is cruelty-free.