The Primers That'll Give You An Insta-Perfect Finish All Day Long

The Primers That'll Give You An Insta-Perfect Finish All Day Long
Alessandro Zeno
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Once you've found the one, you won't look back...

Primers are divisive - some rely on their smoothing, blurring action daily, others think they’re just another unnecessary step in their beauty routine. If you fall into the latter camp, reconsider; the right primer can really impact the finish of your make-up by laying down a canvas that’ll make everything else sit uniformly for longer - and add an all-important soft focus finish to skin. 

The world's most beloved primers are arguably Benefit's Porefessional and Smashbox's Photo Finish primers; loved by MUAs and beauty aficionados alike, both have a silicone-based formula that glides over the skin, minimising uneven texture and delivering a softly matte finish. Proceed with caution, however - silicone can be a nightmare for acne prone skin when layered with too many other products, so look for aloe vera, water, and soothing botanicals in the ingredients list.

If dryness is your issue, then Giorgio Armani's Light Master primer and Becca's illuminating Backlight primer are perfect for giving luminosity and suppleness on their own, or under foundation. For any sallowness, dark cirlces, or red areas, a colour-correcting number like Stila's will counteract any pigmentation that shouldn't be there.

Once skin is primed, you may need less foundation then you think - though if you need recommendations to help your skin out, try looking through our best foundations for oily skin feature, or grab one of these foundations for dry skin.

A good primer will set you back a few quid though, but we've got our eye on the best Net a Porter deals, best Black Friday makeup deals, best Black Friday Amazon deals and best Black Friday beauty deals to save you some money.

With the holiday season approaching, there's also going to be a number of limited edition beauty releases so it's worth taking a look at our edit of the best Christmas makeup gift sets for inspiration. A holy grail primer is something that'd find its way onto our Christmas gifts for her or Secret Santa gift ideas edit if you've got a beauty guru in your life. (You also never know what you're going to get in our gallery of the beauty advent calendars.)

These primers pretty much act like an instant filter for the skin, with the ability to colour correct, mattify, blur pores and nourish the skin, so that whatever is laid down next can work to the best of its ability... 

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