How to Choose the Best Makeup Primer for Your Skin

There are a few tips and tricks to achieving flawless makeup. For a silky smooth base and makeup that lasts from morning to night without slipping, fading, or creasing, a makeup primer is your answer.

Once reserved for the faces between the pages of your glossy beauty magazine, you too can now have perfectly primed makeup that has you looking and feeling your absolute best.

Different skin types will thrive with different types of primers: mattifying, illuminating, or hydrating, there’s a makeup primer to help you achieve the makeup of your dreams! To help you decide on the best one for you, we wrote this easy guide to help you choose the best primer for your skin.

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What is a makeup primer?

A face primer is a lightweight cream, liquid or gel that should be the first step you take before applying your makeup. It preps the skin for makeup products, like foundation, BB cream or concealer. Predominantly used to help makeup last longer, smooth the skin's surface, and even out the skin tone, a makeup primer creates an extra thin layer between your skin and your makeup. Use it after your skincare routine, but before your foundation and concealer to help you achieve a longer-lasting, natural finish. Discover more about the beauty benefits of using a makeup primer in INIKA’s What is Makeup Primer and What Are The Benefits?

What’s the best primer for my skin?

There's a primer for every skin type and concern! Whether you’re looking for a matte, hydrating or illuminating makeup finish, choosing your primer really depends on your makeup focus and beauty goals.

Illuminating Primers

To give your finished makeup look some extra glow, you’ll want an illuminating primer. With added glimmering particles that give your skin extra radiance, these makeup primers can even be worn alone for natural, dewy skin. Try using INIKA’s Radiant Glow Veil, a lightweight, highly nourishing makeup primer - this works to give your skin a light golden sheen beneath your chosen foundation or BB cream.

The best primer for glowing skin, it uses light reflective technology to leave skin silky smooth with a dewy, satin-like finish. Infused with a curated blend of botanicals including Aloe Vera, Argan Oil and Magnolia Bark Extract, together these ingredients work to hydrate, rejuvenate and protect your skin. While your skin gets its glow, it’s also receiving vital vitamins and minerals plus support with skin cell renewal and anti-ageing.

Here’s what our customers are saying about the Radiant Glow Veil: “Liquid gold! - Feels fabulous, evens out skin tone, creating a healthy look for everyday use. Love it!”

Mattifying Primers

If you’re looking for skin that feels smooth and hydrated, without looking shiny, a matte primer is the one for you. Available in lightweight formulas, a mattifying primer helps to minimise pores and absorb excess oil - making it the perfect primer for oily skin. INIKA’s Certified Organic Matte Perfection Primer is formulated with active botanical extracts that have a range of skin-loving benefits which help to ensure your makeup lasts all day.

Certified Organic Liquorice Root Extract and Rice Extract are used to help maintain oil balance in your skin, whilst Certified Organic Willow Bark Extract, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, helps to calm and soothe a range of skin sensitivities. The result is skin that feels super hydrated and ready for a flawless makeup finish.

Here’s why our customers love the Matte Perfection Primer: “Hydrating - This primer is really hydrating, leaves skin smooth and smells incredible!”

Hydrating Primers

Your skin can quickly become dehydrated, especially during winter months when there is less moisture in the air. A hydrating primer is the best primer for dry skin and can work to add an extra layer of moisture down, before you apply your makeup. INIKA’s Certified Organic Pure Perfection Primer is packed full of rich nutrients that nourish and hydrate your skin.

Clinically proven active ingredients Kangaroo Paw Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil are used to help boost hydration in the skin. Together they work to fight signs of ageing and create the appearance of tighter, smoother skin - giving you the perfect fresh base for your makeup application. Also the best makeup primer for older skin, a hydrating makeup primer can help to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Discover this and more in INIKA’s 3 makeup tips for beautiful mature skin.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what our customers say about the Pure Perfection Primer: “Perfect makeup base - “I love this primer, sets the stage for perfect makeup and keeps my skin hydrated all day long.”

Shop all you need to make your skin glow

Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated! Nourishing your skin with natural ingredients using skin-loving makeup and skincare is an easy way to achieve the glowing, flawless finish you desire. Discover INIKA’s Skinimalism beauty routine for glowing skin with tips to get your natural glow on, using only a few skincare and makeup products. For long-lasting makeup and skin that feels nourished and hydrated, shop online for INIKA’s full range of face primers and makeup, all made with certified organic and vegan ingredients.
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