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, it can also help mask major skin concerns – from oiliness to fine lines, pimples and dryness. Discover the best primers for your skin type and get ready to look and feel better than ever with this powerful, perfecting 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 on over your makeup to remove excess oils throughout the day.
Blowout: NARS Pro-Prime Oil-Free Pore Refining 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.
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 (and budget) friendly smaller size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blowout: Becca First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh
Infused with mineral-rich spring water, ginger extract, prickly pear flower and sodium hyaluronate – lacklustre and dull skin is revived in a flash.
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.
Blowout: Cover FX Calming Primer
Specifically formulated for sensitive skins, this primer calms redness and soothes skin whilst hydrating and firming.
Budget: E.l.f. Blemish Control Primer Clear
Stop spots in their tracks with this blemish buster, which harnesses the power of vitamin E and tea treat extract to prevent breakouts and treat pimples.
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.