The Best Primers For Flawless Complexion

As any makeup maven worth their salt will tell you, a great primer is the key to a smooth, sleek base for your makeup. A good quality primer will not only ensure that your foundation glides on smoothly and remains immaculate, but will also care for your skin.

Whether you’re building a strong base to ensure your makeup stays put for a long day of work, or whether you’re carefully creating the perfect makeup look for a night of dancing and drinks, you’ll want to use only the best primers to create the perfect base for your foundation.

Here is our list of the best primers money can buy here, and if you don’t already have these as staples in your makeup collection, you’ll want to remedy that immediately.

Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 by Giorgio Armani

Exposure to the sun can take its toll on your skin, so if you’re concerned about the effects of the sun on your face, this high SPF primer from Armani is the perfect product for you. While giving you excellent protection from the harmful rays of the sun, this primer doesn’t compromise on its other effects. This lightweight formula will nourish your skin and provide a seamless makeup base when paired with a good foundation.

Photo: Giorgio Armani

The Illuminator by Estee Lauder

Long days at the office have you feeling low on energy? If you’d like to brighten up a tired visage, The Illuminator by Estee Lauder has your name written all over it. This lightning primer will brighten and replenish your skin, leaving a perfectly dewy, long-lasting finish.

Hydra Veil Primer by Illamasqua

Looking for that healthy glow? Look no further than this primer with a shimmery, golden finish. With this gel-based primer, you won’t need to worry about topping up your makeup. The specially-designed formula will give you the perfect dewy base for your foundation, and provide a long-lasting finish. It’ll also hydrate your skin beautifully, and give you a glowy, summery complexion.

Photo: Illamasqua

Skin To Die For by Peter Thomas Roth

If you’re hoping for a matte finish, you have found the holy grail. This high-performance formula glides on like silk and is perfect for those of us who struggle with oily skin. Though this magic product provides total oil control, it’s also a lightweight texture that makes it a joy to wear. This primer will ensure your foundation stays matte all day and all night, without leaving you feeling like your makeup is cakey.

SUQQU Treatment Primer

The Japanese brand SUQQU is known for the excellent quality of its beauty products, with this primer being one of its best. This primer will give you a deep, natural flow without making you feel like you have an extra layer of makeup on. The plant-based formula is intensely hydrating for your skin, and won’t leave you feeling greasy. This holds your foundation beautifully, and you’ll love the extra glow it provides. If you’re looking for a little extra hydration, this nourishing primer will be perfect for you.

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