And last longer, too. Skin-wise, primers also brilliant if youre prone to oiliness it smoothes over those pores and prevents you looking greasy.
Some primers worth slipping on:
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, £21.05. This velvety primer fills in enlarged pores, so your skin looks smoother and prettier. It absorbs really quickly, too.
Prescriptives Flawless Face Primer, £18.60 (for stockists call 0870 034 2566). In the words of my editor, this just works. It makes make-up look more even and last all day and the cool, soothing texture helps dry skin feel nourished.
Giorgio Armani Sheer Fluid, £28 (for stockists call 020 7318 2486). There are about ten different shades in the range but I love the warmer tones if youve got a slight tan. They give your face a gorgeous, golden glow without looking like youve OD-ed on bronzer.
Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer UV, £16. Ideal for post-winter complexions, this silky primer is tinted with a subtle gold shimmer, so pale skin is pumped with luminosity.
DuWop Prime Venom, £14.50. This matte lip primer smoothes fine lines, grips your lipstick, and plumps your lips. You almost dont need lipstick after all that
Blinc Lash Primer, £11. Like a little fat suit for your lashes, you can follow this so-quick-to-use primer with any mascara and your lashes will look deliciously chubby.
P.S. Theres a pot of the Clarins primer going FREE when you subscribe to this months issue of ELLE magazine.