Make-up primers are basically like sanding a wooden floor, they create a smooth, less porous surface onto which you can add longer lasting make-up. Silicone primers do create a smoother, more flawless feeling finish, but aren't so great for acne sufferers, whereas other primers are formulated to be really nourishing and moisturising - great for dry skin, but perhaps not so much for oilier complexions. Whatever your skin type, finding the right primer can be a godsend, making your make-up last much longer and brightening your whole look. Check out our pick of the best primers currently you need in your life.More
If any primer was made for speed, it's this one. Shake, spray, wait a few seconds, go. It also contains 'photo-smart pigments' that give skin the lightest veil of colour-adapting coverage.
Not a face primer, but definitely worth a mention, is this nifty little number by Urban Decay. Dab across your eyelids, apply shadow, and then forget about it. Because it will not budge until you take it off.