10 Best Primers

27 Oct
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By: Lisa Niven  |  VOGUE (UK)

PRIMERS do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure – they smooth, flatter, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately better. Whether you want to blur wrinkles, minimise the appearance of pores or to even skin tone, primers do this whilst creating the perfect, velvety base for foundation and bridging the gap between skincare and make-up.

Advanced formulations and improved textures mean that today’s primers are better than ever, though cult classics such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion still stand the test of time. See our favourites, both old and new, here.

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Smashbox

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

This primer has a fiercely loyal following – so much so that the brand has launched an entire range of alternative versions to suit every different skin type and requirement. The original is second to none, and gives skin a soft-focus finish and silky texture.

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Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit

Devoted to making large pores look less noticeable, The Porefessional’s oil-free formula and long-lasting results have made it a Benefit bestseller ever since its launch in 2011.

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L'Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer

L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer

L’Oréal Paris

The clue is in the name – this primer is all about luminous, youthful skin. Use all over the skin for a dewy glow, or apply to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the forehead for a subtle but noticeable radiance.

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Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Dullness In Deeper Skins

Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Dullness In Deeper Skins

Clinique

For 2013, Clinique launched a range of six brand new primers – each targeting a different skin concern, from sallowness to redness. The colour-correcting formula for dullness in darker skin tones has a subtle bronze tint, to avoid the chalky finish that some primers can leave.

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Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Clarins

Adept at softening the appearance of wrinkles and creating an even skin texture, Clarins’s Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is a great option for more mature skin.

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Bourjois Happy Light Base Serum Matité

Bourjois Happy Light Base Serum Matité

Bourjois

If shiny skin is your nemesis then look to Bourjois’s mattifying formula, which refines pores and smooths skin for easy make-up application with no caking.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay

If keeping eye make-up in place is your aim, Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the one for the job. Lightweight and easy to apply, it prevents liner from budging and keeps shadow from creasing.

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MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

M·A·C Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

M·A·C

This beauty classic promotes even skin tone and creates the ideal base for make-up, plus it noticeably reduces oiliness.

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Christian Dior Diorskin Airflash CC Primer

Christian Dior Diorskin Airflash CC Primer

Christian Dior

A cross between a CC and a regular primer, this radiance-boosting primer gets extra points for its hygienic spray application.

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15

Hourglass

This lightweight primer glides easily on, leaving a velvety finish and keeping make-up in place all day long. Plus the SPF protection saves an extra step.

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Smashbox Cosmetics Primer 101

Smashbox Cosmetics Primer 101

PRIMER 101

1. WHO
Anyone who wants velvety-smooth, even skin and wishes their makeup looked better.

  • TIP: Wear under foundation to create the perfect canvas for makeup application. But remember, primers can be worn alone, too!

2. WHAT
Primers create the perfect canvas for makeup application, reduce the appearance of fine lines/pores, and give a velvety-smooth, even finish.

3. WHEN
Using a pea-size amount: moisturizer as needed, prime, apply foundation (but remember, primers can be worn alone too, for valvety-smooth, even skin.

  • TIP: The 3 studio-tested steps to flawless skin everyday? Prime, Perfect, Set. After prepping with primer and perfecting with foundation, set skin with powder.

4. WHERE
For foundation primers, apply all over face. But don’t stop there! Keep concealer looking fresh with eye primer, make eye shadow last all day with an eye primer.

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VIDEO: Smashbox – Which Primer is Right for You

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