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Correctors and Primers

 – Makeup allows you to perfect your complexion and look your best whether you're going to work, running errands or out for a special evening. Getting gorgeous looks with makeup is time-consuming, and the last thing you want is to find that the look you worked so hard to create has faded quickly and needs reapplying when you're out and about. You also don't want to finish applying your makeup and realize that your biggest skin imperfections are still slightly visible despite the presence of foundation, concealer and other cosmetics. Primers and correctors are cosmetics that help to reduce the likelihood of these beauty hassles.
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If your makeup fades prematurely on a regular basis, the quality of your cosmetics may not be to blame. Imperfections in your skin can make it difficult for pigments in cosmetics to adhere fully to your face, making them more likely to rub off or fade. The natural oils in your skin also work against your cosmetics, gradually diluting their pigments throughout the day, which leads to that mid-day makeup vanishing act. Primers are formulated to ready the skin for the application of makeup, so that cosmetics stick fully to the complexion and are less likely to be affected by oil.

Primers come in a wide variety of formulations, but all of them create a barrier over your skin tissue upon application. This barrier gives cosmetics a surface to stick to even in areas where skin imperfections may otherwise make it difficult for them to properly adhere. Many primers also shrink the pores and limit the amount of oil that they release in order to keep makeup brighter and more vibrant. Their oil-controlling actions help to reduce the chances of your skin developing a shine in the t-zone area throughout the day.

Correctors, like primers, are applied prior to the other cosmetics that you use as a part of your routine. The purpose of a corrector is to disguise skin imperfections, and these cosmetics are most often used to normalize skin tone by lessening the prominence of sallowness, redness or darkness on the complexion. Unlike concealers that are spot treatments, correctors are designed to cover an entire area of the skin. Some are designed specifically for the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, while others are geared toward improving the appearance of the eye area. Some correctors double as primers and help to improve the staying power of makeup while minimizing the appearance of imperfections.

When you're shopping for primers and correctors, you'll find many different types are available. Stick, liquid, cream and powder formulas are offered by today's top brands, and many formulas are designed for specific skin types, such as oily or dry complexions. To find the best primer or corrector for your needs, read the product descriptions carefully and take a look at the customer reviews included on our site. You can even use the check boxes on the left to quickly view only the top rated and best-selling primer and corrector formulas here in our face department at drugstore.com.

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