Pregnancy Safe Foundation Primers

List of pregnancy safe makeup primers

I’ve written a lot about skin care products that are safe to use during pregnancy, but not much about other beauty products that are safe to use while pregnant. The product I get asked the most about (after skincare) is definitely pregnancy safe makeup, especially face primers you can use while pregnant.

I’ve resisted writing a post listing pregnancy safe makeup foundation primers, mostly because it is sometimes really hard to find a full list of ingredients for makeup! Companies don’t typically list their full ingredient lists for makeup online like they do for skincare products. After some digging around, I did find a lot of face primer ingredient lists!

This list is not comprehensive, but if I have listed a brand, then I checked all of their face primers. Only those products that are pregnancy safe are listed below.

BareMinerals

Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel
Combo Control Milky Face Primer
1. Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer

Becca

2. Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
Velvet Blurring Primer

Clinique

Superprimer Face Primer Universal Face Primer

Cover FX

Anti-Aging Primer
Blurring Primer
Calming Primer
3. Illuminating Primer

Dr. Brandt Skincare

4. Pores No More Pore Refiner

Kat Von D

Lock-It Hydrating Primer

Laura Mercier

5. Foundation Primer
Oil-free foundation primer

Marc Jacobs

Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

Smashbox

6. Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light
Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish Primerizer
Photo Finish Radiance Primer

Tarte

7. Timeless Smoothing Primer

The Ordinary

High-Adherence Silicone Primer

Too Faced

Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer

Yves Saint Laurent

Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing
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20 Comments

  1. Darla
    May 7, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Do you have any mascaras or lipsticks/glosses you recommend during pregnancy?

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 7, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      Mascara only goes on your lashes, which can’t absorb anything. I wouldn’t worry about that at all. I haven’t looked specifically at other makeup because formulations change very quickly. Every time I try to create a post, things change very soon after.

  2. Nicole
    May 13, 2018 / 11:05 am

    What are your thoughts on Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue? Thank you for any input you have and for the fantastic easy to acces pregnancy safe lists you have!!
    Ingredients for complexion rescue:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium dioxide 6.2%

    INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: water, coconut alkanes, propanediol, squalane,

    trehalose, isostearic acid, glycerin, silica, agar, caprylic/capric

    triglyceride, globularia cordifolia callus culture extract, salicornia

    herbacea extract, melilotus officinalis extract, coco-caprylate/caprate,

    butylene glycol, lauroyl lysine, sodium hyaluronate, succinoglycan,

    polysorbate 60, cellulose gum, polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate,

    sorbitan sesquiisostearate, magnesium stearate, magnesium hydroxide,

    magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium

    sorbate, phenoxyethanol. may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 13, 2018 / 11:10 am

      This looks fine

  3. Kelli
    May 17, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Hi!

    Thank you so much for creating this post, I’ve really been trying to narrow down the products I’m using during pregnancy to only the safest options.

    Curious is any Nars primers are safe to use? Specifically looking at the Smooth & Protect Primer:

    -Avobenzone 2.5 %, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%: Sunscreens.

    Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Peg/Ppg-19/19 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tocopherol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Trisodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

    As well as the Pore & Shine Control Primer:

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Calcium Silicate, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dipeptide-15 Silica, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxythyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Triethoxycapriylylsilane, Enanthia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Oleanolic Acid, Tocopherol, Zinc Oxide

    Thank you!!

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 18, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Neither of those are safe, sorry!

  4. MJ Friedley
    May 18, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Can you also make a post about safe foundations for pregnancy? Thank you

  5. Emma
    May 23, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Hiya just wondering about these ingredients in my BB cream during pregnancy if you get a minute to take a look, thanks xx

    INACTIVE INGREDIENTS : AQUA/WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, BHT, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LAURETH-7, LECITHIN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, XANTHAN GUM, CHLORPHENESIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499),

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 24, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      The ingredients you have listed are fine, but note it states “Inactive ingredients”, the sunscreens are listed under “active ingredients” before that, those are usually the ones that make a BB cream one to avoid. What are the active ingredients?

  6. Ashley
    May 29, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Hi!

    Just curious if the Hourglass Veil Mineral pimer is safe?

    Zinc Oxide 4.20%, Titanium Dioxide 2.45%. , Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina

    As well as the Murad Invisiblur perfecting shield?

    Isododecane, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Diethylhexyl 2, 6- Naphthalate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Polyglycerides, C15-23 Alkane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cake, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, PEG -8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract*, Butylene Glycol, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldhyde, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance.

    Thank you!!

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      The hourglass is fine, the murad is not due to the salicylate.

  7. Kelly
    June 9, 2018 / 4:02 am

    Hello,

    Just wondering if you could please take a look at a couple of Rimmel products I use. Are these safe for pregnancy and nursing?
    Many thanks…..

    Stay Matte Primer…..
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polypropylene, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Bis-Peg/ Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Laureth-7, Tribehenin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

    BB Cream light……
    Methyl Ionone, Salicylate De Benzyle, Bht, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Laureth-7, Lecithine, Limonene, Linalol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Carbonate De Propylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Gomme Xanthane, Chlorphenesine, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Dioxyde De Titane (Ci 77891), Oxydes De Fer (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

    Foundation…..
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Talc, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Pca, Silica Silylate, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Bispeg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Tribehenin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol,Trihydroxystearin, Chlorphenesin, Dimethiconol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Fructose, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Laureth-4, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Allantoin, Maltose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Sulfate, Trehalose, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Geraniol, Bht, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)].

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Really do appreciate you taking the time to read through everything xoxox

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 9, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      The primer is ok, but the BB Cream and foundation aren’t.

  8. Mariam
    June 11, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Is this primer by Charlotte tilbury ok to use during pregnancy?

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Mica, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Nylon-12, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 40, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Caramel, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Sodium Hydroxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Coco-Glucoside, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Citronellol

    And also this Light wonder foundation by the same brand:

    Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water (Aqua), Hydrogenated Didodecene, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mica, Glycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Cyclohexasiloxane , Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, BIS-C24-28 Hydroxyalkyl Olivoyl Glutamate , Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Laureth-4, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Citrate, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, BHT, Chlorphenesin, [May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 ,CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)]

    And lastly, their Magic Cream moisturizer:

    Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), HOMOSALATE , GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, OCTOCRYLENE, CETYL ALCOHOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, STEARETH-21, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, CARBOMER, DIMETHICONOL, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, CHLORPHENESIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, HYDROLYZED VIOLA TRICOLOR EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, DISODIUM EDTA, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, MICHELIA ALBA LEAF OIL, SODIUM LACTATE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, PEG-8, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOCOPHEROL, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PLUMERIA RUBRA FLOWER EXTRACT, ASCORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, NICOTIANA SYLVESTRIS LEAF CELL CULTURE, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL

  9. Brooke
    June 13, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Can you check on these two Farsali primers? Also, does the list above include all primers for each brand? I see you have one primer listed for Too Faced so I assume the Hanger rx primer is not safe since it isn’t listed?

    Thanks!!

    Farsali Unicorn Essence
    Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder Berry) Fruit Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Red 40, Red 33, Red 4, Blue 1, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

    Farsali Rose gold elixer
    Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Gold, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      Right, for this post I’ve reviewed all of the primers for those brands. The Hanger Rx wasn’t safe. I haven’t looked at it again so I don’t remember off hand why it wasn’t safe, but I do remember being disappointed that it wasn’t safe.

      Both of these lists look ok to me!

  10. Ashley
    June 18, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Hi: Just curious if the following products are safe? Thanks in advance!

    WHAMISA BY GLOW STUDIO – Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel
    Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Palm Kernel/Coco Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Diglycerin, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Chloride, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil

    TOO FACED – Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
    Water, Lactobacillus/Salix Alba Bark Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol Dicaprylate, Propanediol, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Olive Glycerides, Lactobacillus Ferment, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cellulose Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pectin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Lauryl Alcohol Diphosphonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lecithin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Fragrance, Lauric Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid.

    CHRISSANTHIE – eye cleanse Eyelid Cleanser Foam with Tea Tree
    Aqua(Water), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Imidazolidinyl Urea , Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronnellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      None of those are safe. Note that Too Faced is on the list above, which means I have checked every one of their primers (this is the primers post, all of the pregnancy safe skincare is in another post). Only 1 of their primers is safe.

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