Prepping on a Budget: Makeup Primers Under $20

It takes a smooth canvas to create a true masterpiece, and that masterpiece is you. If you’re a makeup enthusiast who still thinks primer is useless, please get out of that mindset for the sake of your makeup lasting. Primer is the ultimate skin prep before a foundation or BB cream. I can’t tell you how dumb I truly felt when I was so frustrated at how my makeup looked before I discovered that primers exist. I shiver at the thought of a past version of myself slapping on foundation without a base like it was nothing. Mind you, with dry spots & blemishes galore.

Primers aren’t as complicated as you think, and the price doesn’t have to be steep. I myself have actually found most of my best primers at the drugstore and online for less than half the price of high-end brands. If you’re someone starting out in makeup on a low budget, it can definitely feel overwhelming and expensive. While we love any brands of all prices high-end and low here at Beauty & Bank, we also support the low budgets of aspiring makeup artists, beauty gurus, influencers or just enthusiasts. Get a look at the top rated makeup primers that are under $20!


 NYX Studio Perfect Primer – $6.39

Prep your complexion for perfection using our Clear Studio Perfect Primer. This silky formula creates a smooth matte surface for foundation & prolongs the wear of your makeup.


 Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Prime Primer – $6.50

“Blurs skin imperfections and smooths fine lines, primes skin for even makeup application without a greasy feel, weightless, water-based formula, non-oily.”


 Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer – $7.49

“Smooths and perfects skin to create a picture perfect canvas for makeup, High Definition Filter Technology reflects and diffuses light to create a flawless, airbrushed look, lightweight, pink tinted formula brightens skin and softens the appearance of imperfections, oil free, talc free, fragrance free and paraben-free, works on all skin types to help your makeup stay in place all day long.”


 Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer – $5.18

Infused with 5 Filtering Luminescent Pearls to blur imperfections & deliver a spotlight glow, this age-defying primer blurs, corrects & protects, making your complexion radiant.


e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer – $5.76

Our Mineral Infused Face Primer combats oil and dryness for a smooth looking complexion. The weightless silky formula provides immediate smoothing and refining for a fresh, luminous look. This matte primer was developed to combat excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines to provide the perfect foundation for your beauty regimen.


 Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer – $8.99

A hydrating, makeup-gripping primer formulated with blue agave extract for all-day hydration and hold.


 Covergirl Base Business Face Primer – $7.64

“Neutralizes redness and brightens skin while correcting uneven skin tone, creates the perfect canvas for foundation, long-lasting, weightless feel, oil-free, fragrance-free, suitable for all skin type.”


Rimmel Stay Matte Prime – $3.99

“Skin perfecting, ultra-lightweight formula, controls shine for up to 8 hours, never feels greasy or heavy.”


L’Oréal Paris Makeup Visible Lift Radiance Booster Primer – $9.93

“24HR Hydration, instantly brightens for a radiant finish, smooths and evens skin, enriched with Nourishing Oils and Iridescent Pearls.”


 Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer – $10.49

“Makeup primer helps maximize results from liquid foundation, base fights the signs of aging, nourishing formula keeps skin feeling fresh and hydrated, bottle comes with a pump dispenser for easy use, Covergirl products are Leaping Bunny Certified by Cruelty-Free International, meaning they are never tested on animals.”