Prime Time

Makeup primers are still a relatively new product to some, but they are a must have for any self-respecting makeup artist or beauty editor.

Their aim is to prepare the skin for makeup and create a protective base for longer lasting, natural looking foundation application and wear.

Using a primer also means you don’t have to use as much foundation each time – thus your products last longer because you are using less product and applying your makeup less frequently.

Primers also give your makeup something to grab onto and create a smooth and perfect canvas.  Primers are especially good for people with oily or combination skin like myself as they control excess shine and absorb oil.

Our top picks are:

Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Primer
The ultra-cushiony gel formula of Dream Smooth Primer glides on to dramatically improve skin’s texture, creating a flawless canvas for effortless make-up application.  Instantly texture-perfect skin! RRP $19.99.

NARS Pro-Prime Pore-Refining Primer
This oil-free primer instantly refines the look of pores, regulates shine and mattifies the skin to create an immaculate canvas. Mineral Powders manage oil in the t-zone and other shine-prone areas while blurring the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, setting the stage for a velvety-matte, makeup-ready finish. RRP $68.00

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer
Makeup has never had a smoother landing. Get (even more) gorgeous with this gentle, pre-makeup base. Scientifically formulated to allow your makeup to “automatically” glide over the skin, Auto Pilot helps to prime and soothe the complexion for that flawless finish and helps makeup last even longer. RRP $58.00

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