Preschool : Prep and Prime your way to Perfect Skin!

Perfect Skin starts with a healthy diet and a loving skin care regimen, but after a long day at school or work, sometimes our skin needs a little help. Foundation helps to cover blemishes, whilst concealer aides our dark circles, but primers are the key to keeping this all in place. They help to blur fine lines, mattify oiliness to the skin, whilst providing a velvet base for foundation to glide over – a true make-up miracle.



The main ingredient in most primers is Silicone, as this creates the velvet base associated with the product. Acting as a water-binding agent to lock in moisture and repel sweat, silicone has become key to creating the canvas for the perfect primer. While most skin is compatible with this ingredient, people with more sensitive skin can suffer breakouts and rashes’, so knowing your skin is extremely important in selecting the right primer for you. There are now many products on the beauty market which are silicone-free and suitable for delicate skin, whilst also providing similar results to products containing silicone.

Below is a list of our favourite Primers with different uses; whether you are going on holiday and need an SPF, heading to work and need your make-up to stay put all day, or going to a special event and need a flawless velvety base, we have the perfect products for you.

Best Primer for Sensitive Skin

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Bareminerals has become a cult classic in creating the perfect face base, but most of their products contain silicone, which for sensitive skin can be a problem. Their Complexion Rescue Cream however is the perfect antidote to this. Silicone, paraben, oil and fragrance free, the hydrating gel is perfect for locking-in moisture, whilst giving sensitive skin a flawless finish and providing all-day hydration. Whilst its name does not contain the word “primer”, the product has the same properties, and coupled with its slight tint, gives skin an extra healthy boost of colour if you wanted a day off from foundation.

Provides a matte, healthy glow.

Best for Holiday

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

Dermalogica is a brand that holds skin-health at the core of its values, fusing science and nature to create products that penetrate deep into the dermis and heal skin problems at their core. Their main focus is skincare, but they have a small face-base collection which fuses beauty and skincare to heal as they sit on the skin. Their Skinperfect Primer with SPF 30 is an example of this; providing a velvet canvas for foundation, whilst also providing broad sunscreen protection and protecting skin from free radicals.

Provides a matte-finish.

Best All-Rounder

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 30

A Look Fantastic 5* product, the Stila Beauty Balm is an all-round favourite which helps to minimise fine lines, hide imperfections and give a beautiful dewy glow to the skin. The balm also has an SPF 30, making it suitable to take on holiday, but also a great product for every-day use at home to ensure that even through the winter months, the skin is protected from UVA and UVB rays, whilst also giving skin the luminosity it lacks in colder weather.

Provides a dewy finish.


Primer Selection


Bareminerals Complexion Rescue  |  Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer  |  Stila Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 30

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