If you have watched any makeup tutorial, had your face painted by an MUA or just scrolled on Instagram, you will understand the primer hype. MUA’s swear by primers as prepped skin helps to start the foundation of your makeup and ensure the base sits well on the skin without being cakey. If you have used a moisturiser and then a primer that is enough skin care for you to begin your makeup, but there are that many out there it can be confusing to know which is the right one for your skin type. The first step is to get in touch with your skin, understand the texture you have, this could be dry, oily, sensitive or a combination of all three, once you have the answer then it makes your decision a whole lot easier. I have compiled 6 of the best primers recommended by MUA’s and beauty gurus, these are aimed at different skin types so there should be something for everyone. 

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MAC Studio Radiance Illuminating Primer 

Starting off strong with a primer that is suitable for all skin types, this primer helps to smooth the skin whilst offering hydration and radiance for up to 8 hours. Just think of the glow. It has a silky feel when it is glided on to the skin rather than the silicone feel which can be common with some primers. With moisture-lock in technology from Hylaronic acid and glycerine, it helps to quench the skin's thirst and offer a radiant, plump and healthy looking skin. It ticks all the boxes and can be used every day. 

MILK Hydro Grip Primer

If you follow the beauty influencers on TikTok or Instagram then you will have heard about this brand before, they are cruelty-free, paraben-free and 100% vegan, who doesn’t want to look good whilst being environmentally friendly? With a mix of ingredients such as aloe water, cherry blossom, hyaluronic acid and B vitamins it is the perfect solution for dry and dull skin. The primer also contains hemp-derived cannabis seed extracts, it helps to moisturise without clogging your pores and can regulate and balance the skin's oil production. This is perfect for dry skin as there can be an overproduction of oil when skin is dry as a counteract. When applying, wait a minute to ensure it has sunk into the skin, then apply your concealer or foundation and just watch how your skin will glow all day. 

The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer

If you have skin that may have reactions to lots of different products, then you may have sensitive skin. This means you need to be extra careful when choosing which products will be used, get to know what ingredients irritate your face, for example parabens are a common culprit. Try to go for brands which have a paraben-free ingredient list, you can also opt for fragrance free primers to make sure there is no dryness created. This primer is great for sensitive skin as it tackles the dry patches that have built up without making the skin feel heavy and clogged. You can wear this without putting makeup over the top for a natural glow and hydrated skin- under makeup it creates a smooth base for foundation to glide over rather than gather on dry areas. 

Too Faced Hangover Primer 

If you’ve had a heavy night out then you know the struggle of waking up the next day with not only a pounding head but dry, crusty and thirsty looking skin, probably with last night's makeup still on. This primer is excellent for those days where you have to pretend you got a full 8 hours when in reality you stumbled in at 5 am. Infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers to moisturise and balance the skin, it is the best answer for hydration your skin needs. You can use this on its own, under or even on top of your makeup if you’ve gone a bit overboard with the powder. The best part is, it comes in a mini size, so you can carry this in your handbag for extra top ups throughout the day.

NYX Marshmallow Smoothing Primer

If you are an avid TikTok watcher, then you will have come across this primer before, it is whipped to perfection for a light and airy feel, this makes it easy to blend onto the skin. It is a 10 in 1 primer as it smooths, softens, hydrates, soothes, evens skin tone, minimises texture, blurs lines, and adds a soft focus finish, all whilst keeping your base in place for up to 16 hours. What more could you want from one product?! Did I also mention that it has a sweet heavenly scent of marshmellows?

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