To those who use big brand products, the wonders of a good primer is no secret, yet it is only now that High-St brands have got in the game.
Next season is all about perfect skin, a necessity to offset heavily-kholed eyes or precise red lips.
Apart from the obvious cleanse, tone and moisturise routine, that hopefully every BLUSH reader already upholds, primer is the missing link between your face and foundation.
Most primers are oil-free, either pore-refining or illuminating, and formulated to protect the skin and prep it for make-up.
The industry favourite is undoubtedly Laura Mercier’s infamous Flawless Face primer, which is now available in: Mineral, Oil Free, Radiance, Hydrating and Classic.
I’ve used the LM primer for years and only recently stopped to try some high-street versions, but in terms of lightweight primers, that allow your skin to breathe, Mercier remains the master.
Laura Mercier, Foundation Primer, £28.
Available at Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and online at John Lewis.
M.A.C’s Prep+Prime, is another industry favourite.
The fluid lotion is infused with collagen particles and is the ultimate multi-tasker, evening out skin, reducing redness and controlling oil.
M.A.C, Prep + Prime, £19.50.
Available at Selfridges, M.A.C stores and online.
The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, much like Elizabeth Arden’s eight-hour cream needs no introduction, the Complexion Perfector however, may.
Much like it’s famous sister it is radiance boosting, but also evens and smoothes skin tone, its long-lasting formula combined with a lightweight texture mean that you have invisible hold all day.
As it comes in 3 shades, it can be worn alone, or under foundation.
Clarins, Instant Light Complexion Perfector, £25
Available at all good pharmacies, and online.
New kid on the block, Nars Pro-Prime, falls within the brands’ new skin range.
The multitasking primer, boasts anti-oxidant, anti-stress, and anti-pollution ingredients, comprising Shea Butter, Tibetan Urnula, Indian frankincense and mineral powders, leaving skin feeling soft and vibrant.
Nars, Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer with SPF30, £24
Available at Liberty, John Lewis and online.
Revlon’s Primer is a bargain in comparison to its luxury competitors. Fronted by the delectable Emma Stone, the lightweight formula smoothes fine lines and minimises pores. It’s not as sexy as M.A.C’s but should do the job.
Revlon, Photo Ready Perfecting Primer, £11.99.
Available to but at Boots.
Rimmel’s Fix & Perfect is my current hero, and has made the jump from Laura Mercier to the High St very easy.
It is smooth and really lasts all day. It isn’t as big so probably won’t last as long, but unlike many High St alternatives looks great on its own, which may be due to its 5 in 1 formula.
Plus it’s only £4.99, which saves some pennies for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid,
Rimmel, Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, £4.99.
Available at Boots.