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GET PREPPED WITH THE BEST PRIMER

GET PREPPED WITH THE BEST PRIMER

Foundation not lasting all day? Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that. We’ve found the best primer for your skin type to make sure your makeup goes from day to play, no worries.

What is makeup primer?

Makeup primer preps your skin for the next step, quite literally priming it for makeup. It’s a step people frequently skip (less makeup = more time in bed), but it really does make a difference when it comes to the longevity of your makeup. We’ll defs avoid touch-ups if we can, so it’s a must-have step in our morning routine.

The best primers are used after moisturising and before putting on your base (whether it’s BB/CC cream or a foundation). They simply even out your skin texture ensuring your makeup applies more smoothly and lasts longer.

It comes in various textures, but most commonly you’ll find liquid, gel, cream and powder.

Best Primer

  1. STILA STAY ALL DAY 10-IN-1 HD BEAUTY BALM
    £26.00 Buy now with HQhair

    STILA STAY ALL DAY 10-IN-1 HD BEAUTY BALM

    Best illuminating primer

    Not got time for a million step skincare routine? We’ve got your back covered. This Stila primer is a dream, as it works as a multi-tasking product.

    It has a little bit of pigment in it, meaning that when worn beneath foundation it helps to illuminate skin. However, wear alone for a sheer coverage, more in-line with that of a BB Cream.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best BB cream

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  2. BENEFIT THE POREFESSIONAL PRIMER
    £28.00 Buy now with HQhair

    BENEFIT THE POREFESSIONAL PRIMER

    Best Primer For Oily Skin

    If your skin tends to err on the side of oily with excess sebum, it’s gonna be a constant battle making sure your makeup lasts all day. Give your products a lil helping hand by picking a primer that has the magic phrase “oil-controlling” in its title. We love Benefit Cosmetic‘s POREfessional as its sheer colour works across most skintones and it’s perf’ for keeping that sebum at bay.

    Completely oil-free, this will quickly sink into skin, leaving an even base perfect for makeup application.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Benefit products

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  3. PIXI Flawless Beauty Primer No.1 Even Skin
    £24.00 Buy now with HQhair

    PIXI Flawless Beauty Primer No.1 Even Skin

    Best Primer For Dry Skin

    If your skin starts to feel tight even after applying moisturiser, than you’ve got yourself dry skin. Add a shot of moisture to your skin pre-foundation to make sure that you’re applying makeup to a base that’s prepped for anything, and won’t shift and flake throughout the day.

    We love the Flawless Beauty Primer by PIXI. Featuring a whole host of nourishing ingredients, this will help to ensure even application and hydrated skin.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best PIXI products

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  4. DHC VELVET SKIN COAT PRIMER
    £19.50 Buy now with HQhair

    DHC VELVET SKIN COAT PRIMER

    Best Primer for Pores

    Always find your makeup hard to apply over enlarged pores? Annoying, we know. To avoid this look, there are plenty of products that’ll smooth your skin pre-makeup application to ensure that your foundation looks killa’ all day – no pores in sight. Look out for words like “smoothing” to find the one you’ll love.

    J-beauty (AKA Japanese Beauty) brand DHC have created a primer that applies smooth as velvet. The transparent gel formula works for all skin tones, working to effectively smooth skin texture and appearance in one simple step.

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  5. NIP+FAB VIPER VENOM MICRO BLUR SERUM
    £19.95 Buy now with HQhair

    NIP+FAB VIPER VENOM MICRO BLUR SERUM

    Best Primer For Combination Skin

    Have dry patches, but then some days you have a sheen that just wasn’t planned? There’s defs a primer for your combination skin type. If you have time, it’s best to pick different primers for the dry and oily areas of your skin to really get a targeted base, however if you’re looking for a product that’ll have your back in one tube, then we’ve defs got the one for you.

    We love this NIP and FAB primer thanks to its serum formulation. Working like a skincare product too, its Syn®-Ake will help to target any wrinkles, while Liftonin® Xpress will help to reduce the appearance of pores.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best NIP and FAB products

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  6. REN PERFECT CANVAS SERUM
    £50.00 Buy now with HQhair

    REN PERFECT CANVAS SERUM

    Best Primer for Mature Skin

    If your main concern with applying makeup is foundation settling into fine lines, then the REN Perfect Canvas Serum will – as the name suggests – prep skin to be a smooth and supple canvas, perfect for  an easy and smooth base application.

    Plus, with added bio-actives and natural extracts, this is the best primer for helping to instantly plump skin for a more youthful appearance.

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  7. ILLAMASQUA HYDRA VEIL PRIMER
    £34.00 Buy now with HQhair

    ILLAMASQUA HYDRA VEIL PRIMER

    Best Primer to be worn alone

    We’re long time Illamasqua fans at HQhair, and we always find ourselves going back to their Hydra Veil primer. First and foremost a makeup primer, this leaves skin hydrated and calm making for an easy makeup application process.

    However, thanks to its Microalgae and Vitamins C and B3 formula, skin will be deeply nourished. Skin will look radiant on its own – who needs foundation?

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Illamasqua products

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  8. NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
    £14.00 Buy now with HQhair

    NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

    Best Drugstore Primer

    Cult makeup primers don’t get much better than this. Coming in at well under £15, the NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil is a lightweight formula that’s relied on my MUAs around the world.

    Leaving a matte finish, this will also help to even skin tone and smooth skin.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best NYX Professional Makeup products

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  9. THE ORDINARY HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER
    £3.90 Buy now with HQhair

    THE ORDINARY HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER

    Best Mattifying Primer

    If you’re on the hunt for the be silicone primer, you can’t get much better than The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer. Silicone works to smooth and mattify skin, while also hydrating it to ensure that makeup applies and stays looking great all day.

    Free from alcohol and oil, this is great for making sure your skin doesn’t look shiny by lunchtime.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best The Ordinary products

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  10. SLEEK MAKEUP HYDRATING PRIMER
    £7.99 Buy now with HQhair

    SLEEK MAKEUP HYDRATING PRIMER

    Best Primer for Dehydrated Skin

    Last on our list of the best makeup primers is a budget option by Sleek makeup. As the name would suggest, the main property of this base is to help restore moisture to dehydrated skin.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Sleek products

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Now we’ve nailed all your primer needs, it’s time to get adding the best primer to bag

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