In addition to providing a smooth base for makeup to cling onto, the latest primers also come with a host of skincare benefits. Find the right one for you and discover an antidote to your biggest skincare concern, whether it’s mid-afternoon shine, dullness or blotchiness.
Primers For Mature Skin
The smoothing properties of today’s primers are great for mature skin that’s showing its age, as a uniform silky base can help to disguise pigmentation and uneven tone. Look for formulas rich in plumping hyaluronic acid and loaded with protective antioxidants to help prevent further damage. Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF30 is a brilliant everyday primer containing UV filters and vitamin E to protect skin against external aggressors.
Continuing with the SPF protection theme, Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF45 Primer also protects skin from the impact of UV while creating a smooth base for makeup and delivering antioxidants in the form of cherry blossom and white tea extract. With UV responsible for around 80% of the visible signs of aging, it’s essential that your primer properly protects your skin.
Primers For Dry Skin
Patchy foundation and dry skin by mid-afternoon? If your skin is soaking up makeup then you need to give it a big dose of hydration first thing. Keep a mist on hand for a repeated moisture boost throughout the day and don’t forego primer, which can add a layer of much-needed hydration. Choose one that locks in moisture all day and keeps makeup smooth and perfected.
Classic primers create an ultra-smooth surface for makeup to grip onto, meaning your foundation lasts longer and applies more easily. Multi-taskers also provide daily skincare benefits and help to protect skin from damaging aggressors, so look for anti-inflammatory ingredients, vitamins and antioxidants. If you’ve never used a primer before, the Lancer Studio Filter Pore Perfecting Primer is a great place to start.
A cult classic thanks to its ultra-smoothing lightweight gel texture and vitamin-rich formula, it’s easy to apply and keeps makeup fresh and color true for hours. New Ren Perfect Canvas uses probiotics to rebalance and calm the complexion, while creating a smooth surface without silicone.
Primers For Color Correcting
If you’re prone to blushing, hot flushes and redness, try a blue or purple-toned primer to instantly diffuse flushed skin and create a balanced, smooth finish that lasts all day. For skin that’s dull, blotchy or acne-prone, avoid translucent primers and try one that has a natural tint to provide a little more coverage, even-out tone and disguise imperfections. We like Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer as it comes in three different shades and cleverly blurs imperfections, making skin appear bright, smooth and uniformly textured.