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An edit of the best face primers of all time

An edit of the best face primers of all time

Primers are an underrated beauty essential.

The right primer can help to solve many of our skin woes and perfect your complexion ready for makeup application. From smoothing out pores and uneven texture to adding luminosity, there really is a primer for every single skin type.

To help you find your perfect product, we’ve curated a list of 10 of the best face primers of all time.

Top 10 makeup primers

  1. benefit the POREfessional Face Primer
  2. Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer
  3. bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
  4. MAC Prep + Prime Skin
  5. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
  6. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
  7. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
  8. NARS Cosmetics Pore & Shine Control Primer
  9. NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
  10. Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher
  1. benefit the POREfessional Primer
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    benefit the POREfessional Primer

    Helping to create the illusion of a poreless, perfect complexion, benefit The POREfessional is one of the most iconic makeup primers. Blurring imperfections and smoothing skin texture, the oil-free primer helps to balance the complexion and creates the perfect base your makeup. Apply all over your skin or simply on the areas which are prone to shine such as your T-Zone.

    Best for: Smoothing out pores

     

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  2. Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer
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    Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

    Plump and smooth your complexion with Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer. Enriched with Vitamin C and Microalgae, the clear gel glides onto the skin to deliver optimum hydration which keeps your complexion fresh and plump throughout the day.

    Best for: Dry, dehydrated skin

     

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  3. BareMinerals Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer
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    BareMinerals Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer

    Infused with nourishing Plant Extracts and Vitamin E, bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer helps to balance your complexion, keeping oils at bay whilst delivering much needed hydration to the skin. The multi-tasking formula also works to improve the tone and texture of your skin to create a smooth, even base for your foundation.

    Best for: Combination skin

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  4. MAC Prep + Prime Skin
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    MAC Prep + Prime Skin

    Formulated with Green Tea Extract and Caffeine, MAC Prep + Prime Skin works to even out skin tone whilst adding a subtle radiance to enhance your complexion. Without feeling too heavy on the skin, the primer blurs our the appearance of imperfections and creates a layer of hydration for your foundation to adhere to.

    Best for: Normal, combination skin

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  5. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
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    The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

    Hydrate, mattify and smooth your complexion in one simple step with The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer. The non-greasy, lightweight formula features silicone particles which create a high-definiton finish, smoothing over fine lines and imperfections to create a flawless base.

    Best for: All skin types

     

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  6. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
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    Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer

    Achieve a lit-from-within, perfected complexion with the YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer. Infused with gold, ligh-reflecting particles, the primer glides onto the skin, smoothing over pores and imperfections to create a luminous, flawless canvas for makeup.

    Best for: Lack-lustre, combination skin

     

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  7. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
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    Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

    Nourish your complexion as you prime with Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. The Grapefruit-scented hydrating primer softens and smooths, absorbing quickly into the skin to provide a healthy glow. Shea Butter and Vitamins B, C and E hydrate and brighten the skin, giving your complexion a natural radiance which lasts all day.

    Best for: Dry, dull skin

     

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  8. NARS Cosmetics Pore & Shine Control Primer
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    NARS Cosmetics Pore & Shine Control Primer

    Minimise shine and blur imperfections with NARS Cosmetics Pore & Shine Control Primer. Lightweight and oil-free, the primer creates a sheer veil over the skin which softly mattifies to smooth over pores and keep oils at bay so your complexion stays balanced for longer. The formula is also enriched with African Whitewood and Oleanolic Acid to help to balance and purify your skin in the long term.

    Best for: Oily, blemish-prone skin

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  9. NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
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    NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

    Smooth and perfect your complexion with NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer. Whilst feeling feather-light on the skin, the primer smooths over imperfections and unevenn texture to perfectly prep your skin for makeup application.

    Best for: Combination skin

     

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  10. Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher
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    Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher

    Create a healthy, dewy base with Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher. With a hydrating, lightweight texture, the primer glides onto the skin leaving behind a luminous glow which leaves your complexion looking fresh and healthy. The Illuminator also looks beautiful when worn alone on bare skin to add a little glow to your complexion.

    Best for: Dull, lack-lustre skin

     

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