These 11 Hydrating Water-Based Primers Are Perfect for Sensitive Skin

And oily, combination and acne-prone types, too.
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Photo: @beccacosmetics/Instagram

It's widely understood that the first and most important job of primers is to keep your makeup from melting, slipping and moving around your face throughout the day. What might be less commonly known, however, is how to tell what type of primer is right for your skin, especially when it comes down to differentiating between water- and silicone-based formulas.

The rule of thumb is that you should be using the same type of formula across the board for all of your cosmetics: If you use a water-based primer, you should be using a water-based foundation, and the same is true for silicone products. But why reach for one formulation over the other? According to Los Angeles-based makeup artist Kierra Lanice Wray, your skin type should be your biggest deciding factor.

"Silicone-based primers, though they work wonders filling fine lines and blurring skin, can also clog pores and can trigger acne-prone skin," says Wray. Water-based primers, on the other hand, feel weightless; so while all skin types can benefit from them, they're ideal for people with combination, oily and acne-prone skin.

Should you find yourself in that category — or just prefer to keep your product silicone-free — read on for 11 water-based primers that'll keep your makeup in place and your face looking hydrated and fresh.

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