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2020 Best Water Based Primers Makeup Guide

by Sandy Taylor

Water-based makeup primers should be an important part of every person’s makeup routine. They are usually lightweight, helps to prep your skin for other makeup (like foundations and concealers) and formulated with skin-nourishing ingredients. They also form a protective barrier between your skin and other makeup, thus protecting your skin while increasing the staying power of the makeup you wear on top.

Keep in mind that water-based primers work best with water-based foundations. I’ve written a detailed guide on water-based foundations. Check it out if you want to find out more.

Here is a list of some of the best water-based makeup primers:

Best Water Based Primers List

NYX Professional Makeup Honey Dew Me Up Primer

The NYX Professional Makeup Honey Dew Me Up Primer is one of the best water-based primers for dry skin. This primer is formulated with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that helps your skin retain moisture and keeps it hydrated. 

This primer contains NYX’s innovative light reflective gold flecks, which are small frickles of gold dust that help to reflect light under your foundation, concealer or any other makeup that you decide to use on top of this primer. 

The gold flecks are very small and subtle. It won’t make your face “look gold” after applying this primer. It does make your face slightly glowy or dewy. 

This primer also has great skincare ingredients like:

  • Collagen –  helps to stimulate the synthesis of new collagen production and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Honey – has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness. 

This primer is cruelty-free.

TOUCH IN SOL No Pore-Blem Primer

The Touch IN SOL No Pore-Blem Primer is one of the best water-based primers for large pores. It has a lightweight, silky texture that glides over your skin easily and does a great job at blending and minimizing the look of large pores. 

This primer has a light pink and transparent appearance. Once applied, the pink color allows you to see the areas that you have covered. It won’t make your face “look pink” as the color is very subtle. 

Notable ingredients in this primer include:

  • Green Tea Extract – an antioxidant that helps to fight the body’s free radicals and reduce the signs of aging. 
  • Collagen – helps to stimulate the synthesis of new collagen production and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

This primer helps to protect your skin by creating an invisible, breathable layer that acts as a barrier to outside elements. 

This primer is formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates. It is cruelty-free, vegan, and hypoallergenic.

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment

The Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is one of the best water-based primers for acne-prone skin. This primer contains salicylic acid (from Willowbark Extract), a strong acne bacteria-fighting ingredient that can treat existing breakouts while preventing new breakouts. 

Other notable ingredients include:

  • Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract  – Helps eliminate excess oil and tightens your skin.
  • Natural Fruit AHA Complex  (Sugar Maple, Bilberry, Lemon, Sugar Cane, and Orange Fruit Extracts) – Helps to support natural cell renewal and gently exfoliates the skin to leave it looking fresh and smooth.
  • Vitamins F, C, and E – Strong antioxidants that help to fight the body’s free radicals while reducing the signs of aging. 

This is a lightweight, water-resistant primer that provides a natural matte finish. It minimizes the appearance of pores and helps to extend the staying power of your other makeup like foundations and concealers. 

This primer is fragrance-free, gluten-free, mineral-oil free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, talc-free and sulfate-free. 

GLO Mattifying Primer

The GLO mattifying primer is one of the best water-based primers for oily skin. This is an oil-free primer with mattifying properties that does a great job of reducing shine and control oily areas. Once dried, the primer provides an invisible finish. 

It also helps to minimize the appearance of pores and fill in wrinkles. It helps your foundation stay longer and works best with mineral-based makeup or foundation.  

The oil-free formula contains kaolin clay, which is an ingredient that helps to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin. The silicones in this primer are what provide the skin a smooth matte appearance. 

This primer is very lightweight and smooth to apply. It is a water-resistant gel primer. 

Best Drugstore Water Based Primers

There are some really good water-based primers at the drugstores that are readily available. Here is a list of some of the best water-based drugstore primers.

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer

The Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer is one of the best water-based primers for mature skin. This primer contains Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, which are extracts from green tea leaves. It’s an antioxidant that helps to fight the body’s free radicals and reduces the signs of aging. 

This primer feels creamy and doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles. It works under your foundation to provide continuous hydration and moisturization. This primer is cruelty-free. 

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro Matte-Lock Mattifying Primer

The L’Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro Matte-Lock Mattifying Primer is one of the best matte water-based primers. 

This primer helps to prep and smooth your face so that your foundation or concealer can last longer. It helps to blur pores and wrinkles while controlling oil and shine. 

It applies white and dries to a clear matte complexion. This is a great feature because it allows you to see which areas you have covered. The coverage is lightweight breathable and non-comedogenic. 

This primer can be worn alone if you’re looking for a “no makeup” look. 

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