December 05 2012

By WY? Beauty Contributor, Claire Vyverberg.

Like a waterproof coat for your skin, makeup primer is the one product that every pro makeup artist swears by. Keep shine and oil at bay, fill in fine lines, open pores and support your foundation by starting with a smooth primed canvas for it to cling to. Most importantly, give your makeup legs and make it last all day!

These are my top rated primers however like everything, it is all about choosing the right one to suit your skin.

NARS Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer 

This is my favourite primer for normal skin. Not too mattifying and not to glowy – just the right combination of both.


Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer

This primer works really well on mature or dehydrated lackluster skin that would benefit from an extra boost of hydration and radiance.


Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer

This is great product for acne prone skin that tends to feel clogged when layered with both primer and foundation. A light formula suitable for normal/ dehydrated skin that tends to breakout.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer 

This is an excellent primer for super oily complexions that need serious mattyfying power. This primer effectively hides open pores and has an incredible talent for making your foundation last all day long.