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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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