Top 5 primers you need in your makeup bag

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Skin primers are essential whether you’re looking to blur wrinkles, mattify, minimise the appearance of pores or even out skin tone. Here are our top five primers for a flawless application.

Laura Mercier, Foundation Primer, £30

A lightweight and creamy gel that creates an invisible layer, acting as a buffer to your make up. Laura Mercier’s colourless primer leaves makeup looking fresh for the entire day, without the need to retouch.

L’Oréal Paris, Nude Magique Blur Cream, £10.99 at Boots

An instant skin boost that leaves your complexion soft to touch and completely even while disguising irritation and redness, the Nude Magique Blue Cream will provide you with a flawless base for your foundation. This primer is also slightly tinted, meaning you can wear it without makeup for a natural look.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer, £38.50

This is a must-have product. If you’re seeking an effortless, dewy look to your skin then this Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow is the instant pick-me-up. This silky formula really works ‘wonders’ on creases while subtly blurring imperfections. The bronze-apricot tone gives a slight sun-kissed effect to paler skin and enhances darker skin tones.

MAC Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone, £18

A light primer that helps conceal visible pores whilst controlling oil. It dries instantly after application to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Perfect for those who have oil problems around the t-zone.

Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer in Peach Glow, £56 at Selfridges

If you have any issues with dry skin then you’ll love this primer. This super hydrating formula brightens the skin, reverses signs of dullness and helps to neutralise the appearance of discolouration. For a natural glow, use this primer alone without foundation.