The 10 Best Primers: Rated By The Beauty Team

Primers: to wear or not to wear? We all know that our foundation can survive without it, but with it (especially with our favourites below) you’ll find that your skin will get a boost. Whether you want to secure longevity, need a tinkle of colour correcting or indeed a much deserved moisture boost, we’ve got you covered...

1. Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil

Best for: Dry skin

Packed with potent ingredients like microalgae, Vitamin C and B3, this primer will not only maintain but boost hydration levels within the skin, as well as creating a healthy glow.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil, £32 from Debenhams

2. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer

Best for: Those on a budget

This primer is designed to fill in pores and fine lines whilst creating a silky canvas for your base. The genius mattifying effect is perfect for those with oily skin who want to hide the shine.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer, £7.99 from Boots

3. Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Primer

Best for: Protecting against pollution

Specially formulated to protect from (much needed) environmental damages with its blend of botanical extracts, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. It’s lightweight, plumping and it shrinks pores – what’s not to love?

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Primer, £42 from SPACE.NK

4. Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base

Best for: Hiding redness

Guaranteed to be in every make-up artist kit bag- this genius brightening formulation does a mean job at hiding redness, but apply it over make-up, over the tops of cheek, and expect an un-shimmery punchy highlight.

Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base, £35 from Debenhams

5. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

Best for: Grey skin days

The ultimate fixer-upper for dull and lack-lustre skin. Charlotte’s clever concoction works to boost radiance when worn on bare skin, or mixed in with your foundation. Expect dewy and supple skin that lasts all day.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, £32 from John Lewis

6. Too Faced Hangover Primer

Best for: Foundation longevity

Burning the candle at both ends? A morning dose of this beauty is very much needed. Designed to boost radiance, promote elasticity and hydrate while locking down make-up. This is most definitely designed for those battling a work hard, play hard lifestyle.

Too Faced Hangover Primer, £27 from Debenhams

7. Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer

Best for: Glow boosting

Smashbox are the ‘Queen of primers’, but it’s their latest launch that we’ve fallen for. Designed to give your skin that golden-hour lighting glow with its micro-fine amber and bronze pearls. You can leave highlighting behind with this on.

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer, £30 from Boots

8. BECCA First Light Priming Filter

Best for: Neutralising sallow skin tones

Don’t be put off by this lilac liquid. Using clever colour correcting abilities, the purple-tone will dispel dullness while oozing that gorge ‘gym skin’ finish you often see on the catwalk.

BECCA First Light Priming Filter, £32 from SPACE.NK

9. Benefit POREfessional Face Primer

Best for: Disguising enlarged pores

Having won more awards than we can even mention. This classic primer is perfect for giving skin a baby soft base ready for foundation. Expect pores to look non-existent (especially around the chin and cheeks) and skin to feel ‘airbrushed’.

Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, £26 from Benefit

10. Hourglass Veil Minerals Primer SPF 15

Best for: Sun bunnies

Spenny it may be, but Hourglass’ glorious primer boasts a multitude of benefits - one being its added sun cream. Save time (and money) with this all-in-one super slick pump.

Hourglass Veil Minerals Primer SPF 15, £55 from SPACE.NK

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