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Primers: One easy tweak to your routine that can revolutionize your skin, makeup and hair.

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To prep strands for serious style endurance, Cucinello recommends a primer with conditioning agents, proteins and heat protection.This nixes the need for multiple products that could weigh hair down and makes hair more resistant to damage from the elements.

Free of silicones and oils, Living Proof Prime Style Extender strengthens and protects hair to prevent breakage and frizz. And since it repels dirt, you can wash hair less often, which helps prevent drying and styling damage long term. ($20;

Shu Uemura Depsea Foundation contains mineralrich Depsea water to help detangle, strengthen and give hair more manageable texture. ($33; shuuemuraart

Spray Oribe Hair Care Foundation Mist on wet hair to infuse it with protective green tea extracts, strengthening proteins and vitamins that help to boost shine and reduce damage from heat styling. ($22;

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In addition to preparing eyes, face and hair for cameraready fabulousness, primers can benefit the rest of your beauty routine, too, making any colors applied more vibrant and longer lasting.

Packed with plumping peptides and vitamins A and E, Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion moisturizes while keeping lipstick from budging. ($20;

Formulated for the face, Hourglass Solar Tan Self-Tanning Primer will not only smooth your skin’s surface so foundation goes on more easily, but after five days of continuous use the light primer will also yield a subtle, golden glow. ($60;

One vitamin E-rich drop of Deborah Lippmann 2 Second Nail Primer applied pre-manicure will cleanse and strengthen your nail beds. ($14;