If you have oily skin like me, or you are just looking for something that can make your face look fuller but less caked with makeup, then primer is the way. Typically of best use in summer, when the temperature is at its peak, and your makeup looks like it’s about to melt of your face. Primer is the one thing that can prevent that as it keeps your face looking fresh and holds your makeup in place, making it lasts longer, and leaving you feeling and looking better. So kiss goodbye to Blot powder, paper or matifying makeup, a good primer is all you need.From my research the below primers are the best out there, and cater to all needs whether you have oily skin or not. Not to mention the brand names below also have different ranges of primer separate from the ones mentioned, in case you need more than one type, so a simple click on the website link and you can find what best suits you.

Bare Escentuals “Prime Time” Foundation Primer

This one is a favourite amongst makeup users; this mineral primer is preservative-free and great for all skin types. Formulated to combat flaky, dry skin and rough patches, it also fills in fine lines and wrinkles providing a satin-like base for foundation. As a bonus, it’s infused with soothing plant extracts, antioxidants and Vitamins C and E. It does not contain  have parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes. One reviewer says,

“This product is fabulous at evening out my skin and creating a flawless palette for [my] foundation and colors. It’s smooth, quick-drying and most importantly, non-irritating.”

 Price: £19.00 for 30ml / 1.0 us fl oz

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer provides a flawless base for foundations and tinted moisturizers. The silicone in the product makes your face feel silky, light and velvety, leaving no shine but instead a healthy glow. A reviewer says

“I absolutely adore this product. It makes my skin smooth and evens out splotches and any flakes I may have so I look FLAWLESS.”

Price: £25.00 for 30ml / 1.0 us fl oz

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer — Oil-Free (or Not)

 Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer primes skin to achieve a smoother, more even application of Laura Mercier’s mineral formulas. The cutting-edge, liquid-to-powder formula offers a nourishing blend of vitamins and minerals to visibly improve the appearance of skin, it glides on smoothly and fills in all fine lines, wrinkles and obvious pores. The ultra-silky, weightless finish invisibly shields the skin and helps makeup stay fresh and color-true throughout the day.Readers say the product

“goes on light and absorbs in seconds and keeps makeup in place for hours. No more makeup sliding off your face in the humid summer weather. And, it also helps foundation glide over lines, rather than settling in them and making them more noticeable.”

Price: £28.00 for 50ml

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MAC Prep + Prime

Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50

The high SPF in this primer means that it is great when vacationing or on a trip somewhere extremely hot, the SPF protects your skin from sunburn and the Primer prevents that greasy feeling you get on your face from most Sun screens, keeping your face feeling smooth, oil free and refreshed. A huge bonus of this product is clearly the High SPF as most makeup ranges do not go this high, and if you’re prone to sunburn or have any skin problems such as melanoma, then this Primer is a must have.

Price: £21.50 for 30ml / 1.0 us fl oz

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Prep + Prime Skin

MAC’s foundation is another great primer that’s actually pretty affordable as far as department store brands go. It really defines what a good primer should be which is, one that will not only help foundation glide on smoothly, but it will help keep it in place for a full day, until you wash it off at night. An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. It also Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.

Price: £18.50 for 30ml / 1.0 us fl oz

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