How To Choose A Primer For Your Skin Type

How To Choose A Primer For Your Skin Type

Not to be dismissed as another unnecessary step in your make-up routine, the right primer can be a game-changer in the quest for flawless skin. From banishing pores to boosting hydration, primers work wonders to perfect complexions, create a velvety canvas and provide your make-up with serious staying power. Here are the formulas to know...


If you suffer redness from rosacea, acne, or general irritation, look to a green-hued primer to correct your skin tone prior to make-up. Green may seem extreme, but colours on the opposite side of the spectrum will cancel the other out – trust us. We love Givenchy’s offering while Stila’s One Step Correct is packed with green tones as well as lavender to counteract sallow undertones, and peach to brighten and illuminate.


Whether you’ve been burning the candle at both ends or are in need of a facial pick-me-up, applying one of these clever formulas under your foundation is a sure-fire route to a brighter, lighter finish. We rate Chanel’s Le Blanc De Chanel, as do countless make-up artists worldwide – with witch hazel reducing the appearance of pores, liquorice extract evening out texture and a secret moisturising complex restoring softness, you won’t look back.


If you’re prone to dry skin and flaky patches, applying a moisturising primer gives you a dewy glow and hydrates your skin for hours on end, so supercharging your skincare. We highly recommend you keep REN’s new Perfect Canvas on your top shelf – the genius formula restores balance and leaves skin feeling smoothed, plumped and filled.


A hard-working primer can be a life-saver for combination and oily complexions by staving off shine and unwanted oil, so keep BECCA’s Ever Matte Primer on your radar. Enriched with their signature ‘Evermat’ complex which soaks up excess sebum, it leaves skin perfectly prepped for foundation and covers imperfections without clogging pores.

Pore Minimising

Don’t let pores and uneven skin tone affect your foundation – look to a blurring primer to help banish the appearance of pores and make skin look smoother. Origins’ hot-off-the-press Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer is one for the warmer months – a foaming formula with a subtle tint, it cools and soothes for a photo-worthy complexion.


If it’s a serious glow you’re after, try NYX Professional Makeup’s game-changing Hydra Touch Oil Primer. Containing jojoba and sweet almond oils, this high street offering will smooth skin for a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Meanwhile, Hourglass’ No 28 Primer Serum is packed with 28 complexion-boosting ingredients to nourish and prep the skin.

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