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The same way the hot sun melts your makeup in July, winter's cold wind creates a different — but equally frustrating — mess of the concealer you just spent 10 minutes dabbing over your purple-ish undereyes and flaky acne scars. In the five minutes it takes to walk to the closest Subway stop, your makeup is streaky and chapped thanks to the wind and flurries, and it's like those precious prepping minutes were for nothing. While invisible makeup protectors, like primer s and setting spray s, might seem like gimmicky extras we don't really need, some of them actually do work to keep our faces from melting off or fading on those mornings when the windchill is sub-arctic. Even better news for us penny-pinching cynics, we can add the two extra layers of weather defense for less than $15. Whether you're looking for a mattifying primer that sticks to your makeup like glue, a lightweight barrier that wears like a sheer moisturizer, or a refreshing spray that magically melts your flaking foundation back to cute, you'll find a great, low-budget option, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. We love Pixi's translucent primer, because it does what it's supposed to do — smooths skin and blurs large pores for a more polished foundation application. This tube is pretty small, which makes it a safe carry-on for traveling. And if you find yourself squeezing it dry on your next getaway, you can shop the deluxe size at Target. Pixi Pixi By Petra Mini Flawless & Poreless Primer - 0.4 oz, $9, available at TargetWe've tested Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty primer, and we're impressed. The green-tinted primer offsets redness and leaves skin airbrushed and matte all day, definitely making it worth the $10 investment. Flower Beauty Flower Cosmetics In Your Prime Primer, Pore-Minimizing, $9.98, available at WalmartFor a more lightweight base, this water-based primer controls oil, but still leaves a glow-y shine on the skin. If you don't want to go full-matte, this is a great, super-cheap option. Rimmel Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, $5.29, available at TargetA small dab of this primer is all you need to create a silky smooth skin foundation; it blurs pores better than FaceTune. e.l.f. e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer, Clear, 0.47 Fl Oz, $6, available at JetIf you only need a little help in covering T-Zone shine, this Milani primer is gold. It evens skin tone and makes pores less visible — without making your foundation turn splotchy or dry. Milani Milani Prime Perfection Face Primer, 0.68 Fl Oz, $8.97, available at JetPrimer needn't be fancy to do its job. This one from Neutrogena is formulated with rice power to absorb excess oil for eight hours. That's zero blotting all day. Neutrogena Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, 1 Oz., $11.97, available at JetAt $11, it's not the cheapest drugstore option, but it's still way less than what you'd pay for most primers. And, because the serum was co-formulated with Olay, it doubles as a non-greasy anti-aging moisturizer. Win, win. CoverGirl + Olay COVERGIRL+Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer, 1 Fl Oz, $10.49, available at JetA lot of setting sprays do absolutely nothing except make you feel a little fresher after spritzing them on your face. But this one actually works to cement makeup in place, so you can layer your highlighter to abandon — and know it will still be there at the end of the night. e.l.f. e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set - 2.02 fl oz, $3.99, available at TargetLike the Flower Beauty primer, this setting spray keeps your makeup very matte. Flower Beauty Seal The Deal Long-Lasting Setting Spray, $10.99, available at Ulta BeautyBut if you prefer a glowier look, this little bottle from L'Oréal gives skin a luminous finish without melting your makeup. L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set, $13.66, available at JetLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Your Makeup Routine Might Not Be As Eco-Friendly As You Think The Latest Makeup Trend Storming Hollywood Is So '80s — & So Chic The 6 Biggest Bridal Makeup Trends — According To Pinterest