Tried & Tested Primers for Fresh and Flawless Skin

best primers for fresh and flawless skin tried and tested the alex edit

I usually reach for primers that deliver a glowing, dewy and fresh finish to my makeup. Primers have evolved over the years to include more innovative textures, multi-functional formulations, skin beneficial ingredients and skincare like properties. This Alex Edit takes you through some of my tried and tested primers for fresh and flawless skin. They also pair well with my most loved tinted moisturiers for the ultimate lightweight skin base as we move into the warmer months.

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best primers for fresh and flawless skin tried and tested the alex edit

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer*

If you’re seeking a matte finish but still want that radiant, healthy glow – this is the primer for you. It applies with an almost moussey texture and offers a subtle mattifying effect. Its texture paired with the hyaluronic acid formulation means that skin won’t look flat. You still get that luminosity and freshness to the skin – delivered in a soft focus effect. 

La Mer The Perfecting Primer*

Another primer that offers that soft focus effect creating even tone and texture to the skin. Unlike the By Terry Hydra Primer, this is a silky textured hydrating primer that delivers a fresh, plump skin finish. Packed with skin loving ingredients from marine-infused ferments to smooth skin and their Miracle Broth to soothe irritated skin. What I love is that you can also just wear it on its own for a more polished bare skin look.

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primers*

The edit of Pure Canvas Primers is a one stop shop. There are five versions to: blur and mattify, hydrate, perfect, protect and illuminate the skin. All silicone and fragrance free, delivering a fresh skin base whilst holding your makeup in place all day. Whether you’re looking to brighten dull skin or blur skin texture for a soft focus finish, each of these are a great choice for effortless natural skin makeup. Perfect for warmer weather too with their lightweight, water-based formulations.

Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser*

This is more of a moisturiser you would use in your skincare routine but it’s super lightweight and leaves skin looking fresh and radiant. It’s multi-functional acting as a hydrating primer (if you tend to have dry skin) and offers incredible glow and luminosity to the skin. All thanks to the infused life-reflecting microminerals which make this a great liquid highlight tapped over the cheekbones too. You’ve also got a brilliant lineup of skin-loving prebiotic ingredients from kombucha and fermented ginger. 

Becca Backlight Priming Filter*

A classic, well-loved primer that delivers a subtle, soft focus effect, flawless skin texture and a coveted radiant and “lit from within” skin finish. All of this applied through a beautifully lightweight skincare-like texture that blends seamlessly into the skin. Sometimes I’ll actually apply this before my ANR Serum and then go in with foundation for that ultimate dewy, photo-ready glow.