Best primers for every skin type: How to make your foundation last longer

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Primers are often overlooked, but they can be the answer to making your make-up last longer. Here’s our top picks…

When it comes to doing your make-up, many make-up artists have told the Stylist beauty team the same thing: the key is a good base. But applying foundation can feel like a bit of a chore sometimes. After finding the right formula for your skin tone, tracking down the right shade match and making sure it’s evenly blended, it often feels like it disappears post-lunch.

There’s a host of tricks and tips you can use to improve the longevity of your make-up, but the key lies with prepping your skin. When you first approach your base, one important step is applying primer after your skincare has sunk in.

Primers act as a ‘glue’ between your skin and make-up and help to to extend the life of your foundation. This means it won’t go slipping off your face come 3pm. Of course, everyone’s skin is different and so, the best primer for you will depend on your skin type.

Here, we list the best primers according to every skin type

  • Best primer for oily skin: Benefit Porefessional


    Benefit’s Porefessional Primer is cult for a reason. Apply it to skin for an instantly smooth and matte finish.

    Benefit Porefessional Primer, £23.20

  • Best primer for dry skin: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Hydrating


    Massage this primer onto clean skin and its lightweight vitamin-enriched formula will refresh and hydrate skin, while leaving behind a soft-focus finish.

    Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Hydrating, £30.50

  • Best primer for dehydrated skin: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer


    Packed with aloe water, hyaluronic acid and B vitamins, this primer deeply hydrates skin while keeping make-up in place.

    Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer, £27

  • Best primer for dull skin: Becca First Light Priming Filter


    The lilac hue brightens dull skin while neutralising sallow tones.

    Becca First Light Priming Filter, £15

  • Best primer for combination skin: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer


    This primer leaves skin soft and moisturised, while also preventing shine throughout the day.

    Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, £24

  • Best primer for sensitive skin: Origins Original Skin Cooling Finishing Primer


    Infused with willowherb, this primer delivers ice-cold moisture to soothe and prep skin.

    Origins Original Skin Cooling Finishing Primer, £27

  • Best primer for colour-correcting: Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer


    This green-tone primer reduces the appearance of redness. It’s also been formulated with peptides and vitamins A and E to protect skin against pollutants, stress and environmental damage.

    Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer, £28

  • Best primer for extra glow: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer


    Giorgio Armani has extended its iconic Luminous Silk collection with a radiant primer. It contains crystal-encapsulated pigments to reflect light and leave skin with a dewy and healthy sheen.

    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer, £34

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