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The Best Illuminating Primers for Glowing Skin

The Best Illuminating Primers for Glowing Skin
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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.

1 year 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 Cosmetics Radiance Primer SPF 35
  2. Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser
  3. Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer 
  4. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Highlighter
  6. Illamasqua Beyond Veil Primer
  7. Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting 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

Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser

The award-winning Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser is designed to hydrate while enhancing your complexion, helping to prep your base for makeup wear. Infused with a combination of kombucha and fermented ginger to help brighten,plus fermented green tea oil to protect skins microbiome, the primer boasts skincare benefits to help maximise your glow. The moisturising formula also features illuminating minerals that work to catch and reflect light, leaving you with the perfect canvas for a dewy makeup base. 

Perfect for: dry skin.

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer

Enhance your skins natural glow with the Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer, offering a flawless base for makeup application. Formulated with a blend of soothing porcelain flower extractand radiance-enhancing micronised pearls, the primer helps to bring a luminous look to your complexion while holding makeup in place for longer. Crushed pearl pigments create the illusion of glowing skin, and the gentle cream is even suitable for sensitive skin types! 

Perfect for: sensitive skin types.

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

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer

If you're looking for that fresh radiant look, Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primerlays down the perfect makeup base to enhance your inner glow. Enriched with vitamin C and acetyl glucosamine, the formula helps to brighten and even the look of your complexion. Topped with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate your skin, the lightweight primer helps to hold your makeup in place for up to 16-hours, feeling ultra-lightweight on application. 

Perfect for: more radiant skin


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