Unlike some of the big-hitters such as lipstick and foundation, primers are a relative newcomer on the beauty scene. In fact, it wasn’t until the early years of the 21st century that these clever formulas started to become a staple in every makeup kit. But, like anything, some of them work better than others – and the most expensive products aren’t always the best. Here’s our guide to the top five makeup primers that really deliver results.
The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher by Estee Lauder
If you want dewy skin that radiates a healthy glow, this mid-priced option from Estee Lauder is a great choice. A little goes a long way, and a light layer under your favourite liquid foundation will help to create a bright and youthful appearance. And if you want to go for a more natural look, you can even use it on bare skin.
High Adherence Primer by The Ordinary
Ever since its launch in 2016, budget beauty brand The Ordinary has become the go-to choice for quality makeup products that won’t break the bank – and this is no exception. Ideal for those who are new to primer, this no-fuss, non-oily formula creates a fantastic base for makeup – or wear it on its own for a subtle, airbrushed finish.
Ultra Sun Protection Anti-Glycation Primer by Chantecaille
At the other end of the scale is this primer by Chantecaille. Despite its eye-watering price tag, it’s a firm favourite with beauty lovers across the country, and it’s easy to see why. Again, you only need a small slick of this wonder cream to prep your skin for foundation – and also protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. Packed with ingredients that work to soothe and repair, it’s the ideal choice for more mature skin.
Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash Primer by Charlotte Tilbury
If you’re looking for some real red carpet results, you can’t go wrong with this primer from celeb MUA Charlotte Tilbury. Containing a fluorescent core light diffuser, this clever formula reflects UV light to give skin a super-luminous, glowing appearance. Again, it’s a great choice for mature complexions with its enviable ability to turn back the clock.
In Your Prime Illuminating Primer by Flower
Another excellent primer at an entry-level price, this high street choice delivers results on a par with its far pricer peers. In just one sweep, it lightens and brightens your skin, blurring out fine lines to create an airbrushed, glowing finish.