Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Author: Grazia

What is a makeup primer, and do you need one? We spoke to Katie Moran, who works for Polish makeup company INGLOT, and told us everything you need to know about primers.

What is a primer?

“A primer is used before foundation to improve coverage and to lengthen how long the makeup will last.

“It acts as a barrier between your skin and the foundation to hide and fill imperfections such as lines and pores. Some primers contain colour-correcting properties to disguise red skin or broken capillaries in the skin such as Inglot’s HD colour correcting primers.”

How essential are primers?

“A primer is an essential part of a makeup routine. Prepping the skin with a primer before applying makeup will be the making or breaking of how the makeup will sit, cover and last on the skin.”

Should you use a silicone primer?

“The main purpose of a silicone primer would be to mattify the skin. It reduces the appearance of sebum (oil) in the skin and leave you with a silky finish. This primer should only be used on oily to combination skin as it will reduce the presence of oils and ensure that the foundation will last much longer on the skin than without it. But it would not be good for dry skin.

“A non-silicone primer would be better for dry to normal skin. Some primers contain an SPF, protecting your skin from the drying rays of the sun and keeping it moisturised all day long.”

Scroll down to find out our pick of the best makeup primers on the high street:


L’Oreal Paris Infallible Primer Shots Luminising Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Primer Shots Luminising Primer
£8.99

A thin liquid primer that contains ultra-fine pearl pigments to give the skin luminosity. Great if you like to use highlighter every day; once you apply your foundation, the sheen gives you a natural glow.


Bourjois Healthy Mix Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Bourjois Healthy Mix Primer
£9.99

Great for tired skin and eyes, this primer covers redness and dark circles, and evens out colour. Dries almost instantly, and a pea-sized amount covers your whole face.


Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer
£10.99

The micro correctors in this mattifying primer get rid of excess oil in the skin - a great buy for oily or combination skin. Gives a great finish when you apply your makeup although it might not stay flawless by the end of the day.


Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer
£6.99

A thick primer that promises to even out skin tone and minimise the appearance of pores, it takes a while to rub in but feels smooth once absorbed. Your makeup will last all day using this good-value primer.


NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer
£11

This primer feels like a thin gel, but doesn’t dry very quickly. Smoothes the skin for a flawless finish, although in our tests it didn’t keep makeup in place all day.


NYX Professional Makeup Honey Dew Me Up Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

NYX Professional Makeup Honey Dew Me Up Primer
£15

Good for getting rid of redness and discolouration, using light-reflective gold flecks to keep your skin looking radiant and containing honey, a natural antiseptic. It feels like a smooth jelly when applying, and comes with a mini spade for easy use.


Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops
£7.99

An oil-free primer, containing acai berry, goji berry and watermelon to brighten, detoxify, hydrate and smooth the skin. The gel is pink, but the colour goes once applied to your face.


Maybelline Master Prime Pore Minimizing Primer - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Maybelline Master Prime Pore Minimizing Primer
£8.99

Part of a range of primers, this one is to minimise pores, while you can also get a pink luminizing primer, and a green anti-redness primer. It comes in a tube and is easy to apply, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Will keep your makeup looking flawless all day.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
£38.50

This is a lightweight primer, which aims to give your skin a dewy look, a great buy if you suffer with tired-looking skin. Easy to apply from the squeezy bottle. It is more expensive than other products on our list, but it keeps your makeup in place all day, and gives your skin an illuminating glow.


INGLOT Under Makeup Base SPF 20 - Best Makeup Primers For Your Skin Routine

INGLOT Under Makeup Base SPF 20
£19

Contains black pearl extract to moisturise and smooth your skin, while SPF 20 protects your skin from sun damage. It’s a thick primer and feels a little like sun cream, but dries quite quickly; however, in our test it didn’t last all day.

Gemma Keepin