Australia’s best make-up primers revealed

First things first: What is a make-up primer?

Most people who apply make-up regularly know skin needs to be prepped before products can be applied. So it’s surprising to learn that, for many Australians, primers are not yet a mainstay in the make-up kit.

Primers are applied before foundation to create a base layer between the skin and make-up, helping to smooth and balance skin for even and enduring make-up application without blocking pores. They can serve many purposes depending on the skin type you’re working with and the look you’re trying to achieve:

  • Mattifying primers reduces shine for oily skin
  • Illuminating primers give your skin a subtle sparkle
  • Hydrating primers are ideal for tired, overworked skin
  • Long-stay primers are designed to keep make-up stable even longer
  • Pore minimising primers are perfect for close-up shoots
  • Colour correcting primers smooth out redness or blotchy skin

Professional make-up artists from salons to the silver screen, as well as our Diploma of Screen and Media students, swear by make-up primers for the face, eyes, lips and lashes.

Finder recently rounded up the best make-up primers for 2020, and our Diploma of Screen and Media Trainers have added a few to round out the ultimate ‘top 5’ best make-up primers in Australia.

Best make-up primers: Our top 5

1.    PUR Cosmetics No Filter Blurring Photography Primer

An all-in-one primer to moisturise, colour balance, illuminate and of course prime the skin for professional make-up in photography and screen work. Botanical extracts like green tea leaf and agave nourish skin while blurring micro-pearls balance colour and correct imperfections.

2.    Too Faced Hangover Primer

Despite the name, Too Faced Hangover Primer does much more than rehydrate skin after a night out. An infusion of coconut water and probiotics provides a healthy glow and long-lasting radiance with or without make-up.

3.    Kryolan HD Micro Primer

One for the stage and screen, but also everyday use. HD Micro Primer minimises visible pores and blurs fine lines to enhance make-up application. Kryolan is often counted among the best make-up primers for performers, and with good reason.

4.    Benefit POREfessional Face Primer

This lightweight and silky make-up primer has earned a cult following because it creates a flawless base for make-up in daily use and professional settings. POREfessional is not known for hydration so it’s better suited to well-hydrated skin, but the trade-off is the light and breezy feeling.

5.    e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer

Another favourite of the screen and media industry, e.l.f. products are known for versatility and fighting flaky skin. Not only is it affordable, but it also works hard to improve the look of foundation while smoothing out imperfections like fine lines and scars.

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