Make-up can transform your face, creating vastly different looks and perking you up on your off days. But before you go about applying foundation or concealer onto bare skin, consider the even greater transforming effect of a good primer or make-up base.
'Primers are essential to a perfect canvas, giving you an even, smooth foundation application, greater pop in your colour pigments and a flawless, lasting finish,' says Tom Pecheux, creative make-up director for Estee Lauder.
Primers can also moisturise and smooth rough skin, fill in fine lines, control shine and counteract redness. And with summer in full swing, there's no better time to start priming.
Laura Mercier's newest primer contains mica, glycerine, jojoba oil, squalane and plankton extract. Jojoba oil locks in moisture while squalane oxygenises the skin and speeds up its renewal process. Foundation Primer Radiance is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.
Inspired by the techniques employed by renowned make-up artists in cinema and photography, Fluid Master Primer from Giorgio Armani conceals pores, controls shine and smooths the skin's surface. Its innovative formula features silicon oil and a texturiser treated with Micro-fil technology.
For those looking for a primer that can double as a sunscreen, Coffret D'or Clear Cover Base UV 50 from Japanese beauty brand Kanebo can fit the bill. The SPF 50+ fluid hides pores and prevents damage from harmful rays.
Designed for normal-combination and oily skin types, Matte Perfecting Primer from Estee Lauder blots and controls excess oil. It also contains green tea and vitamin E to improve the skin's texture.
Water Supreme Primer Base from Korean beauty brand Laneige uses mineral water and 3D hydra technology to form a protective barrier that locks in moisture. It comes in three shades - light pink, light purple and light green.
With SPF 35 protection, Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer from M.A.C - available in four tints - evens skin tone and brightens dull skin.