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Starting with the right base is key to any makeup routine. 

To help you on your way, we’ve tried and tested primers that hydrate, colour correct and nourish.

Product: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Calming Skin Primer

From: Napoleon Perdis

Price: $45

As someone who suffers from a bit of redness, this green-based primer worked like a gem. The lightweight formula absorbed almost instantly, kept my foundation in place and didn’t dry out during the day.
Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎

Product: Time to Prime Face Primer

From: Sportsgirl
Price: $12.95

For a cheaper option, this product shapes up very well. With good staying power and a luminous base, the downside is it’s a little greasy. But beware, the glowing look comes from a super shimmery base. If glitter isn’t your thing, steer clear or pair with a very matte foundation.
Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎1/2

Product: Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer

From: Dermalogica

Price: $73.95

This primer feels like actual silk on your skin, and the silky smooth feel stays with you well after you put your foundation on. More like a tinted moisturiser with priming powers, it could easily be worn on its own. With extra goodies including SPF30 and anti-ageing properties, this one ticks all the boxes.
Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎

Product: Stila One Step Prime

From: Mecca
Price: $52

Having already built a cult following for its One Step Correct formula, I had high expectations. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. The primer is thin and quick-drying, and despite the nourishing formula, actually helps curb that end-of-day oil build-up. This is perfect for anyone who wants a no-fuss makeup base.
Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎1/2

Product: Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer

From: David Jones

Price: $50

This primer has a slightly pearlescent tint, helping to minimise imperfections and the appearance of pores. It also creates a radiant glow that’s not excessively shiny. I used this alongside Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, and it worked a treat at keeping my makeup in place all day.
Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎

Product: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance Boosting Primer
From: Napoleon Perdis

Price: $55
This primer glided across my skin like butter and left the surface feeling silky smooth. Its luminous quality gave my skin a soft glow, which was still visible after applying foundation. As it’s lightweight, it's perfect for quick, everyday makeup and is super easy to apply.
Rating: ♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎♥︎

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal issue 170. You can read it here.

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