The Top 5 Primers You’ll Need for When We’re Allowed to Go Out Again

As we near the end of 2020 – the year of loungewear, skincare and quarantining, we’re looking at brighter and better days in 2021. With vaccines rolling out, we’re getting closer to returning to normal life with every jab. And after a long drought from pubs, bars, restaurants and, well, social life, we’re in dire need of finding ways to make our looks last as we start preparing for long days and nights out of the house. No more wasted time freshening up in the bathroom or having our makeup melt away by the end of the day. Time is of the essence – we’ve already missed out on so much. 

Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here are our top 5 Carbon approved primers to fit any needs.

1. Beauty Bakerie – The Butter HydraSilk Primer (£22.50)

Infused with Goji Berry extract, this lightweight hydrating primer smoothes skin by minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. It provides your skin with a smooth canvas and extends the wear of your makeup. Perfect for skin in need of a pick-me-up.

The Butter HydraSilk Primer

2. e.l.f – Poreless Putty Primer (£8.00)

This TikTok favourite is infused with Squalane for optimal hydration and is suitable for all skin types. Providing a flawless, poreless complexion, it grips makeup for all-day wear. With its velvety-smooth texture, it ensures easy application and an even base for the rest of your makeup.

e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer

3. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer Base (£8.99) 

L’Oreal’s mattifying gel primer is perfect to keep the oils at bay and make your look last. It instantly transforms your skin by minimising perfections such as pores and shine and smoothes out any texture; leaving you with an even surface to work your magic.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer Base

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer (£26.00)

A follow-up to the cult favourite All Nighter Setting Spray, this lightweight primer promises an added 8 hours of staying-power to your foundation. It prepares your skin by minimising the appearance of pores and fine lines, all whilst giving your face a lifted, hydrated feel to it. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer

5. No7 Airbrush Away Colour Balancing Primer (£16.50)

This colour correcting primer contains pigments to balance areas of redness to achieve even-toned skin. Containing hyaluronic acid moisture-locking spheres, it helps smooth the skin and soften the appearance of pores and fine lines.

No7 Airbrush Away Colour Balancing Primer

Written by Stine Westby Bjerke