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 for summer.

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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.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser*

As far as skincare-infused primers go – this is an incredible formulation. It stars Augustinus Bader’s patented TFC8 technology for skin repair and renewal, micro-algae extract for firmness and black tea ferment for plump, fresh skin. The infusion of pearl and optical powders delivers a “glow from within” and a soft focus, pore and fine line blurring skin base. I love the “Golden” version for that warm, bronze and radiant skin finish.

Cle de Peau Beaute Pore Refining Mattifying Veil*

I’m always searching for mattifying primers that won’t feel heavy or claw and drag on dry skin. If you still want skin to look fresh and hydrated Mattifying Veil is a brilliant primer. A non-greasy, silky texture that smooths, hydrates, brightens and blurs pores for a seamless and radiant skin finish. It feels fresh and lightweight on the skin and is the perfect layer underneath foundation especially if you’ll be intermittently wearing a mask in the summer heat. 

Beauty Pie WonderFilter Brightening Primer*

This new primer from Beauty Pie helps you achieve that “glow from within”. A beautiful skincare-makeup hybrid that brightens with Prism Pearls, hydrates with Prickly Pear and blurs and softens skin for a smooth canvas. Super lightweight, translucent and offers micro-pearl colour correcting all delivering a luminous, fresh skin base.