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If you feel like your makeup falls off by the time you get to the office, chances are that you need a new primer in your life.

If your makeup regime doesn’t consist of a primer, then this is where you’re going wrong. The key factor to achieving a silky smooth application that will last all day is what you put underneath your makeup. If you layer up your foundation straight after your day cream, you’re missing the trick of a primer. Adding this to your routine will ensure that your makeup lasts, doesn’t move around your face and it creates one more barrier layer to protect your skin. Here’s our favourite collection of the wonderful products, go on… you know you want to.

A perfecting and hydrating product for all skin types, designed to sit over moisturiser to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, smooth fine lines and prime skin for makeup.

Designed to boost skin’s radiance, the award winning Perfecting Radiance makeup primer features a formula packed with skin nourishing ingredients to moisturise and prime complexions whilst bathing the skin with a natural radiant looking glow. Used under or over makeup to achieve a glowing complexion, the cult Vegan and Cruelty Free Perfecting Radiance Primer is housed in travel friendly luxe mirrored packaging.

Ready for your most perfected-looking skin? Instantly blur flaws and smooth out your skin with Optical Illusion Complexion Primer by Urban Decay. This primer reduces fine lines and makes pores seem to vanish—for a gorgeous, porcelain-like texture. Makeup not only goes on better, but also lasts longer. This velvety soft, lightweight primer has a slight pink tint to illuminate skin pre-makeup, but dries down to a translucent, matte finish. Like the name suggests, Optical Illusion creates an optical veil of scattered light, giving skin a soft-focus effect. The result? A beautiful, airbrushed finish (no Photoshop skills necessary)!

This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.

All prices are correct as of date published.

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