The secret to a flawless face and perfect makeup application? Primer. Not only does it create a smooth base and extend the life of your makeup, but it can also help mask major skin concerns – from oiliness and fine lines to pimples and dryness. Discover the best primers for your skin type and get ready to look and feel better than ever with this powerful beauty product.
Budget: L’Oréal Infallible Pore Refining Primer
This pore-refining primer contains oil-absorbing fillers to leave skin grease-free and super smooth. You can also dab it over your makeup to remove excess oils throughout the day.
Infallible Pore Refining Primer, L’Oreal Paris
Blowout: NARS Smooth & Protect Primer
This clever oil-free formula mattifies skin by reducing shine, while mineral powders control the T-zone to ensure skin stays oil-free and fabulous.
Smooth & Protect Primer, NARS
Budget: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
Bursting with revitalising electrolytes to give skin a moisturising boost, this refreshing primer spray hydrates and softens skin all day long. It also comes in a handbag-friendly smaller size.
Photo Finish Primer Water, Smashbox
Blowout: Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
Infused with not one, not two, but five types of coconut, this nutrient-rich primer hydrates skin and forms a natural, vitamin-rich barrier to protect and perfect.
Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Marc Jacobs
Budget: Natio Ageless Illuminating Primer
Organic rosehip oil and aloe vera mean this primer gives skin a youthful glow and helps turn back time by repairing and nourishing damaged tissue.
Ageless Illuminating Primer, Natio
Blowout: Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer
Created by skin guru Dr. Barbara Sturm, this primer packs a serious anti-aging punch thanks to antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and purslane.
Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer, Dr. Barbara Sturm
Budget: NYX Born To Glow Illuminating Primer
Give skin a brightening boost with this illuminating primer. It evens skin tone while providing a sheer, luminous glow to revive dull and dreary complexions.
Born To Glow Light Illuminating Primer, NYX
Blowout: Becca First Light Priming Filter
This one’s infused with mineral-rich spring water, ginger extract, prickly pear flower, and sodium hyaluronate so that lacklustre and dull skin is revived in a flash.
First Light Priming Filter, Becca
Budget: Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer
Free from skin-stressing fragrances and parabens, this hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested primer is enriched with antioxidants to soothe and reduce redness.
Spotlight Illuminating Primer, Physicians Formula
Blowout: Cover FX Calming Primer
Specifically formulated for sensitive skins, this primer calms redness and soothes skin whilst hydrating and firming.
Calming Primer, Cover FX
Budget: e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer
Stop spots in their tracks with this blemish buster, which harnesses the power of vitamin E and tea tree extract to prevent breakouts and treat pimples.
Blemish Control Face Primer, e.l.f.
Blowout: Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer
Working to correct complexions with each use, this powerful primer is formulated with soothing aloe vera and salicylic acid to unblock pores, ease congestion, and treat existing blemishes while preventing new pimples.
Anti-Blemish Matte Primer, Jouer