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The Best Illuminating Primers for Glowing Skin

The Best Illuminating Primers for Glowing Skin
Team LF
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Adding a touch of radiance to your complexion is the perfect way to get your skin glowing and create a flawless bade ready for your makeup application. Whether worn alone or underneath your favourite foundation, illuminating primers are an absolute must-have in your beauty routine all year round.


Which is the Best Primer for Your Skin Type?

Prep and perfect your skin and find the best primer for your skin type with our edit of the best primers for flawless makeup application. Discover our favourites from brands including MAC, NARS and Smashbox.

5 months agoBy Team LF

Our Top Picks of the Best Illuminating Primers

We've gathered together our top picks of the best illuminating primers to help you get the glowing skin of your dreams.

  1. NARS Radiance Primer SPF35
  2. Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm
  3. benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer
  4. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Highlighter
  6. Illamasqua Beyond Veil Primer
  7. Smashbox Radiance Primer

Which are the Best Illuminating Primers for Glowing Skin?

Whether your skin is dry, oily or combination, an illuminating primers are the perfect way to make sure your skin is glowing and your makeup lasts all day in all conditions.

NARS Radiance Primer SPF35

Perfect for all skin types, the NARS Radiance Primer SPF35 adds a sheer, pearlescent sheen to the skin in a lightweight, oil-free formula. Boasting a Radiance Boosting Complex, the Radiance Primer instantly perks up dull, tired looking skin to reveal a lit-from-within glow.

In addition to enhancing the staying power of your makeup, the NARS Radiance Primer also protects your skin against harmful UV rays with an SPF of 35.

Perfect for: sun protection.

Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm

So hydrating and infused with pearl particles to add a beautiful glow to your skin, the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin which looks a little lacklustre.

With different shades to flatter and enhance a variety of skin tones, it helps your makeup to stay in place and look beautiful all day long. Skin is left plump and hydrated with a lit-from-within glow.

Perfect for: dry skin.

benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer

Smooth your pores and add glow to your complexion with the radiance boosting benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer. Particularly wonderful for oily and combination skin types, the oil-free primer glides over the skin, smoothing your complexion and adding much needed luminosity.

Leaving a soft matte finish, with the Pearl Primer skin looks ever so naturally radiant and is left perfectly prepped for your makeup.

Perfect for: oily or combination skin.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer

Perfectly prepping your skin for makeup, the radiance-boosting Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer evens out your skin tone and minimises pores while leaving behind a beautiful glow.

Flecked with golden shimmer, the mattifying and blurring formula helps to balance the skin and keep oils at bay so your skin looks so smooth throughout the day and is perfect for all skin types.

Perfect for: all skin types.

Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Highlighter

Add some serious glow to your skin with the divine Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Highlighter, a multi-use lightweight glow-gel which boosts the radiance of your complexion. Created to help you achieve the K-Beauty 'Glass Skin' look, the glossy highlighter leaves skin hydrated, youthful and oh so radiant.

Use as a primer all over your complexion for a lit-from-within glow or add Glass Glow on top of your foundation to the high points of your face for a beautiful, dewy finish.

Perfect for: face and body

Illamasqua Beyond Veil Primer

Achieve a luminous, glowing complexion with the Illamaqua Beyond Veil. With a lightweight, gel-like consistency, Beyond Veil maintains moisture levels in the skin to prevent dryness and create the perfect base for your makeup.

Enriched with Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate to keep skin looking youthful, Beyond Veil leaves your skin beautifully radiant.

Perfect for: a natural looking glow

Smashbox Radiance Primer

Designed to create a golden-hour glow, Smashbox Radiance Primer perfects, smooths and illuminates your skin. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter, the softening formula can be worn alone or under makeup for a beautiful bronze radiance.

Free from silicone, fragrance and parabens, the cruelty-free formula is suitable for all skin types.

Perfect for: more radiant skin

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