The Best Drugstore Makeup Primer
What it is: L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base
Why we love it: Primers are to makeup what toners are to skin in that some people find them totally unnecessary while others strongly believe in the power of these potions, even if it means adding another step to their beautifying routine. We fall into the latter group, but mainly for big nights out when we want our makeup to go on flawless and stay put into the wee hours. Most formulas fill in fine lines, minimize the appearance of pores, even out skin texture, and keep your complexion matte but for a hefty price (one popular brand costs $36 for a small bottle). L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base does all of the above for way less, which means you don't have to save it for special occasions.
Where to get it: Drugstores nationwide
How much: $12.95