The humble make-up primer has gone from being seen as a ‘nice to have’, to an essential step in any make-up lover’s repertoire. Primers work to address the look of any skincare issues, before applying foundation and concealer – so whether you have dehydrated skin, redness, excess oil or enlarged pores, a primer will help to start counteracting these signs and make skin look even and fresh.
This beauty hero is also crucial for helping to extend the wear of your make-up, and create a barrier between the skincare you’ve applied, and the make-up you’ve chosen to use after. It creates a smooth base that evens out skin texture, so you’ve got the perfect blank canvas to work on.
We’ve compiled our favourite problem-solving primers, each specifically formulated to target a specific skin concern. If you have more than one complexion quandary, choose a few that suit your needs that you can layer up or mix together.
With a lightweight consistency, this fluid-like primer works to keep excess oil at bay, as the innovative milk-to-powder formula blots away shine without leaving skin looking dull. A great option if you get oily in your T-zone and want to stay complexion confident all day.
If your skin is looking tired and sallow, this illuminating primer will work a treat. Subtle champagne tones encapsulated in a refreshing gel base instantly hydrate and perk up tired complexions, and the elegant shimmer creates a lit-from-within glow (that never looks shiny or sparkly).
Dehydrated skin in need of a water boost will love this serum. The hyaluronic acid-infused formula will glide over dry patches, creating a light gel layer to lock in hydration, while the glycerin helps to add slip and grip, so your make-up glides on beautifully.
The queen of primers, Laura Geller has something for everyone - and this soothing version of her Spackle Primer works to calm irritation and reduce the look of redness, with its innovative green pigments. Perfect for holiday if you’ve been out in the sun and need to take down pink skin quickly.
Love a touch of radiance? Light reflecting particles create a lit-from-within glow, while the sheer coverage lightly smooths over imperfections and neutralises any discolouration. It’s the perfect product to create that sun-kissed look under foundation and concealer.
Keep skin prepped and protected against UV rays with this tinted oil-free cream, with SPF 30, aloe vera and vitamins C and E. Whether you’re heading to the beach or running errands, this one-and-done hydrator can work as your base on its own, or the essential first step under your make-up.