From a green-tinted primer to calm down red, angry-looking skin to a silicone-based one for all-day oil control, primers offer a quick, effortless solution for a multitude of skin sins and create an even, smooth canvas for your makeup. But with endless options to choose from, it can be tricky to determine which one is geared for your skin type and/or concerns. We offer you our simple solution-driven breakdown below.
Best for redness relief
The NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer in Green is for you if you tend to flush easily, and neutralises scarlet tones perfectly. Sensitive skin tends to have a pink undertone, so this green-hued goodie will do wonders for reactive-skinned gals as well.
Best for silky-smooth skin
As the name suggests, the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer, leaves the skin looking as good as new – the appearance of large pores and uneven texture seems to diminish thanks to its optical-blurring effect.
Best for oil obliteration
The best part about the Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer? It dries down invisibly and won’t interrupt your makeup, so you can use it as an on-the-go touchup for sweaty, shiny skin. It’s a powerhouse for oily complexions thanks to its mattifying blend of veegum, a natural clay derivative, and silica, which can absorb up to three times its weight in oil.
Definitely the splurge product of the bunch, the ultra-hydrating Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow is ideal for dry or dehydrated complexions that need that little something to boost moisture levels (for up to 72 hours, we might add) and offer immediate radiance to the skin.
A firm favourite of makeup artists for good reason, the Lancôme La Base Pro Primer melts into the skin and foundation goes on like a dream on top. This one is for you if you don’t have any drastic concerns and want a high-quality primer that ensures flawless, longwearing makeup.