Written By Mehwish A · February 13th, 2020

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Finding the best primer is so important if you want your makeup to last all day. Now I know what you're thinking, 'I already have like 7,859,420 makeup products, why do I need another?' I get it. Whilst primer can sometimes seem like an unnecessary step, trust me when I say, it'll be your BFF when it comes to keeping your makeup in place all day. It also works a treat for creating the silky-smooth canvas your skin needs for better, smoother, more flawless foundation application.

If you're paranoid about pores or fine lines (site note: pls don't be, we all have them) a good primer can help smooth the appearance of the skin (and that's before you even reach for foundation or concealer). Yup, primers act as a barrier between your face and the makeup you’re about to apply, so if come lunchtime, your makeup won't be sliding down your face.

When it comes to choosing the perfect primer, there’s a lot to think about. At the top of the list is finding one that’s beneficial for your skin type whether it’s dry, oily, combination, sensitive or acne-prone. You need a decent multipurpose primer in your skincare collection. Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up our top six in each category. Read on to find your perfect primer!




Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer


The Luminous Silk is a holy grail foundation for many, so we had high hopes for the new primer in the range and we're happy to say it lived up to the hype. It leaves a natural sheen to skin that almost seems pearlescent, which works well under a matte or dewy foundation depending on your preference.


Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer


There's a reason beauty insiders swear by this primer, with aloe water, cherry blossom, hyaluronic acid and B vitamins, it's a godsend for thirsty skin. Not to forget the hemp-derived cannabis seed extracts for a plumper and smoother finish, holding onto your makeup all day. 

If you’re after the post-gym glow (minus the gym, of course) the silicone- and oil-free formula works for all skin types. Apply, wait a minute for it to sink in before applying foundation or concealer, and show off your dewy skin all day.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Primer


When it originally launched, Fenty Beauty was all about a matte finish so dry skinned sufferers rejoiced when Rihanna announced a hydrating foundation and primer. This is a tall glass of water for the skin and provides the perfect cooling sensation you need right before applying foundation.


Bareminerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer


One of the very best primers around for ultra-dry skin, this deeply moisturising formula targets dry skin instantly, ensuring foundation applies smoothly (even around flakey patches). Formulated with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and a coconut-derived silicone alternative, it packs a serious skincare punch, helping combat dryness as well as give an immediate smoothness.

Side note, as it's Bare Minerals you can bet it's free of any harsh chemicals. The formula is oil-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free. 


Too Faced Hangover Face Primer and Booster 


Not just reserved for hangovers, this primer helps hydrate any dry patches whilst leaving skin silky smooth. Infused with coconut water, which is known to hydrate on the inside, you can only imagine the effect it will have directly on your skin. Hydration station.

The Too Faced Hangover Face Primer and Booster is available on Love To Slay.


Max Factor Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer 


Enriched with Vitamin E and niacinamide, this provides a lightweight non-sticky base for make-up. It leaves skin looking plumped and hydrated and helps keep your foundation lasting the whole day. What more could you want?




IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Makeup Primer


If you want to take a literally magnetic approach, try the Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Primer. This formula is one of our favorites because it features All Day Grip Technology, refines pores and hydrates your complexion, all while keeping excess shine at bay.


Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Pro Balm Face Primer Pore Minimizer


Apply the POREfessional pore minimizer over moisturizer or even over foundation. It works just the same to perfect your skin. This means that it can rescue your makeup if it starts to fade in the middle of the day. You won’t have to reapply the foundation. Just pat on a little Pro Balm over the top.

The Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Pro Balm Face Primer Pore Minimizer is available on Love To Slay.


smashbox – Photo Finish Primer The Original Smooth and Blur


The Photo Finish gel primer will make your skin feel like silk. It disguises all sorts of flaws and keeps your makeup going for hours longer. But if you have extra oily skin, try the next one below.

The smashbox – Photo Finish Primer The Original Smooth and Blur is available on Love To Slay.


Farsali Skintune Blur


Enriching your skin with a dose of vitamin C, Farsali Skintune Blur can be worn alone or mixed into makeup to brighten, condition, and soothe. The blurring effect instantly reduces the appearance of pores and imperfections to even out your base and boost your confidence. Think IRL filter. Your skin, but flawless. We’ll take twelve.


Stila One Step Correct

stila’s One Step Correct provides multiple benefits in one package. Instead of needing to apply one primer to correct color and another to minimize pores, this one does it all. It stops red

The Stila One Step Correct is available on Love To Slay.


NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer


NYX ensures that your face is the perfect canvas for your foundation. It minimizes shine and makes your skin feel silky soft.




Huda Beauty Matte Perfection Pre-Makeup Base


Ensure your makeup stays on lockdown - and shine takes a holiday - with this gel-like primer that absorbs oil and makes a brilliant canvas for even application. Huda Kattan, creator of the celebrity-approved beauty line (Kim Kardashian's a fan), found that Milk of Magnesia is 'literally the best for controlling shine!'.

This miracle-worker creates a great base for long-lasting foundation and is perfect for problem areas to achieve a 'mewy' finish - that's the ideal matte and dewy combo for a radiant, flawless complexion.


Becca Ever-Matte Priming Perfector


If you're looking for Instagram-ready skin, this soft-focus primer is for you. The perfect skin-prep product will leave skin velvety-smooth, even, and comfortable.

Like an oil-absorbing invisible veil, this product blots excess sebum without clogging pores, and makes sure your make up stays put without turning cakey. Yes, please.


Nars Cosmetics Pore & Shine Control Primer


Instantly refine pores and banish greasy shine with this lightweight, oil-free formula that absorbs excess sebum and offers sheer, mattifying coverage. Like an Instagram filter in a bottle, soft-focus powders help to keep your makeup in place, and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections.

Meanwhile, extracts of oleanolic acid and African whitewood balance and purify your complexion for longer term benefits, too. On the pricier side, but you’re worth it.

The Nars Cosmetics Pore & Shine Control Primer is available on Love To Slay.


Estée Lauder The Mattifier: Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher


This oil-free mattifying primer dials back the oil for an effortless, natural finish. Ingredients like caffeine, green tea leaf extract, and other plant extracts help keep your skin tone bright without increasing oil production, but it's lightweight enough that you can reapply throughout the day as-needed. Use it after your moisturizer to create a smooth canvas for your makeup application, or wear it on its own: it covers everything from large pores to blemishes without making you shiny.


Elf Poreless Face Primer


Melt-proof your makeup and give yourself a fighting chance against that sticky commute with this primer, which is easy on the eye as well as the pocket. Infused with tea tree and vitamins A and E, it's hydrating yet works to control shine and make sure makeup lasts all day all at the same time.

It helps create a fresh, flawless finish by minimising pores and fine lines, while leaving a matte complexion with a subtle radiance. One to stock up on - and, at that price, you can afford to fill up the bathroom cabinet with it.


L.A. Girl PRO.prep HD High Definition Smoothing Face Primer


A top weapon in the war on shine, this cult product is a blogger favourite, and works to get rid of the appearance of blemishes, oil, and uneven skin tones.

Enhanced with light-reflecting particles and skin-loving vitamin E, it's a smooth-boosting base that knocks the spots off excess sebum and seals those pores. Protect, prepare and even out your complexion with this makeup-making primer that's free from parabens and fragrance.


This guide has given you a selection of the best primers for your skin type. If you liked the sound of these goodies, visit our Choose Makeup Section to see what more hot products are listed. Want to Earn Slaybucks? Simple: by leaving reviews, answering surveys, starting free trials and then choose your makeup.