There's a lot of new make-up primers launching into beauty halls near you – which primer is worth your time and money?
Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer, €47
Testing new foundations has taken backseat for me for a few weeks since this came into my life — coupled with Armani's cult-hero Luminous Silk Foundation (now available in 30 shades) it makes the perfect, long-wearing dewy base. If you're the type to not wear foundation in summer, this adds a hit of glowy hydration to the skin, likewise if worn with foundation. It's a translucent, peachy gel that blurs imperfections, without being glittery or pearlised. Take a pea-sized amount and start on the inside of the face, working your way out. Apply over foundation too, on the highpoints of the face, for a wet-look glow or dab lightly for a lightweight gloss over lipsticks. Available from mid-August.
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Dior Face and Body Primer, €35.50
Matte lovers, this one is for you. Designed by Peter Philips, creative and image director of Christian Dior make-up, the new Dior Face & Body Primer is where mattifying powders meets hydration. "I was trying to recreate the effect that we get by preparing the models' faces backstage before applying make-up," says Philips. "This primer, which blurs everything while plumping and hydrating skin, imitates this action and acts as a radiance revealer - it really is wake up make-up." That sums it up really — pores and imperfections are blurred, your face is evened and smoothed for the perfect make-up canvas while given a hit of 24-hour hydration, and shimmery pigments illuminate the skin keeping it radiant and perfectly matte. Plus, of course, your foundation will hold all day.
Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Beauty Base, €24.99
If you wake up with great intentions to apply your hyaluronic acid, SPF and primer each morning but time runs away with you, make-up artist and beauty entreprenuer Aimee Connolly launched the Lazy Girl's Must-Have earlier this year to simplify your morning routine. Beauty Base is an all-in-one primer, with SPF30, skin plumping peptides and hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid, plus golden highlight dewy powers. Skin protecting and glow perfecting has never been easier.
Photography by Dior.
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