Perfect Primers For Your Skin Type — They’ll Save Money And Time

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Common make-up problems? Make-up falling off your face. Bad blending (we’re looking at you patchy foundation). Primers are a staple part of any beauty routine, providing a flawless feel to the skin, hiding imperfections, giving staying power for make-up and making it glide on with ease.

There are a few formulations to choose from – and it’s up to you to choose the correct one. If you have oily skin, try mattifying primers. Struggling with dry skin? Your best bet is a hydrating primer. Skin easily inflamed? Firstly, read the label of your primers, making sure they’re oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, then go on to select a colour-correcting kind to help with the red flush.

Now that you know what works best for you skin, check out a few of our selects…

Maybelline Superstay 24hr Primer (R140)

Control shine and keep your make-up fresh and flawless all day long with this primer. It prepares your skin by smoothing over pores and will keep your make-up look locked for up to 24 hours. Available at Dis-Chem.

Maybelline Superstay 24hr Primer

Palladio Rice Primer (R135)

Get this – a rice-infused primer that blurs imperfections. It’s velvety, lightweight and was specially formulated with a tint that helps to even out skin tone. Your foundation will stay in place all day. Bonus: It’s cruelty- and paraben-free. Available at Dis-Chem.

Palladio Rice Primer

Yardley Foundation Face Primer Illuminating (R110)

This formula contains cranberry extracts and a long-wearing polymer to help foundation last longer and improve transfer resistance – so it’s basically protecting your skin from make-up irritants. Great for sensitive skin, it’s oil-free and leaves your face looking seriously radiant. Available at Dis-Chem.

Yardley Foundation Face Primer Illuminating

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Catrice Concealer All Round Palette (R75)

Covers dark shadows under the eyes, and conceals redness and skin irregularities. What more would you need from a concealer? We’ll take a few of those. Available at Dis-Chem.

Catrice Concealer All Round Palette

Essence Prime+ Studio Redness Correcting + Pore Minimizing Primer (R75)

Want to minimise your pores? Try this primer, which contains green clay, the ideal base to correct redness. This primer follows the principles of colour correcting – the light texture helps to conceal red areas and visibly refines the pores. Perfect skin – voila. Available at Dis-Chem.

Essence Prime

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Almay Smart Shade Primer (R260)

Pump on this smart primer that essentially evens out and brightens your skin tone and helps to reduce redness. Plus this guy will look oh-so pretty on your make-up stand – that swirl is lovely. Available at Dis-Chem.

Almay Smart Shade Primer

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