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LouisvuittonShop Edit - The Best Make-Up Primers Tested

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Best Primers

Make-up primers are basically like sanding a wooden floor, they create a smooth, less porous surface onto which you can add longer lasting make-up.

Silicone primers do create a smoother, more flawless feeling finish, but aren't so great for acne sufferers, whereas other primers are formulated to be really nourishing and moisturising - great for dry skin, but perhaps not so much for oilier complexions.

Whatever your skin type, finding the right primer can be a godsend, making your make-up last much longer and brightening your whole look. Check out our pick of the best make-up primers that you need in your life.

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Smashbox Primer
Smashbox Radiance Primer

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New kid on the block, this has shot straight up there as one of our favourites (no easy task). Why? It genuinely gives the most dewy all-over glow. We'd cover our entire body in it if we could. 

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Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow

Is it a highlighter? Is it a primer? Well, yes and yes, but also so much more. Charlotte Tilbury's latest secret to getting your skin but way better is a blemish blurring, pore concealing, glow giving all in one foundation base of dreams.

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Clarins SOS Primer
Clarins SOS Primer

If the world of colour correcting is too much hassle for your morning routine/a little over your head, then Clarins' new primers are for you. Available in six shades, each primer tackles a different skin problem which is helpfully specified on the packaging. Just in case you weren't entirely sure why you were swiping green cream onto your face before your foundation...

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Sisley Primer
Sisley Instant Eclat Instant Glow Primer


The ultimate make-up multi-tasker, use Sisley's primer as a radiant base before applying foundation, dab onto the high points of your face to use as highlighter or wear completely alone for a seriously radiant complexion.

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NARS pore and shine primer
NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer


Control that shine and blur those pores with NARS' oil-free matte primer infused with soft focus powders so you look selfie ready 24/7.

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YSL All Hours Primer
YSL Encre De Peau All Hours Primer


When you feel like your foundation refuses to stay on your face, YSL's long-wearing primer makes it stay put. Huzzah!

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Diorskin Airflash Primer
Diorskin Airflash Primer


If any primer was made for speed, it's this one. Shake, spray, wait a few seconds, go. It also contains 'photo-smart pigments' that give skin the lightest veil of colour-adapting coverage.

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Lumi Magique Base Primer
Lumi Magique Base Primer

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Use as a primer under foundation for a subtle, glowy finish, or dab atop cheekbones and just at the top of the Cupid's bow when you've finished your make-up for a natural looking highlight.

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MAC Prep and Prime Primer
MAC Prep and Prime Primer

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A backstage favourite, this has a comfortable gel-meets-lotion texture, with a long wearing formula that helps bring down redness.

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BY TERRY Terrybly Densiliss Primer
BY TERRY Terrybly Densiliss Primer

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£79 is a fair old whack to fork out on a primer, but in this case it's worth the investment. Essentially more skincare than makeup, this blurs and perfects whilst strengthening your skin over time. 

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Hourglass Veil Primer
Hourglass Veil

A cult classic for a reason, this ticks all the longevity, skin-perfecting boxes and has SPF15 mineral UV protection. If you've got sensitive skin, it's free of all the usual aggravating suspects - oil, fragrance, parabens and sulphates. Overall, a difficult one to beat.

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Benefit The PoreFessional Pearl Primer
Benefit The POREfessional Pearl Primer

Minimise the appearance of pores without sacrificing a glowy complexion with Benefit's latest reincarnation of their legendary primer, The POREFessional Pearl edition.

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