5 Perfect Primers

Our picks for a flawless complexion
For some, their makeup can go directly onto the skin right after moisturizer is applied. For others (ourselves included), we need some extra help to create a flawless canvas before we can put on our foundation and subsequent favourites. Whether its fine lines or pores, or patches of red or dark spots, a primer is an undisputed ally to help perfect your complexion. Here, we have five of our favourite primers—some new, others classic from the beauty aisle—to add to your skincare arsenal.

  1. We can’t help but adore this rose-scented offering. It has a light and velvety texture, which not only preps skin nicely for the makeup layer, but gives it a dose of hydration, too!
    ANNA SUI Face Protection Cream, $38 at Hudson’s Bay. 
  2. For those of us who have many an imperfection on our skin, this green-tinted ally is a must! Infused with aloe vera, the latter helps soothe redness, perfecting your skin prior to applying your foundation.
    PIXI Beauty Redness Reducing Primer, $28 at Target. 
  3. It was its silky texture that first reeled us in. Then it was the flawless canvas it created that converted us—it’s no surprised that it always gets top marks from beauty magazines! Oil-free and sans a greasy finish, this definitely reduces the appearance of pores for a picture perfect complexion.
    Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix. 
  4. Another classic, this tube is a blessing for gals with bland complexions. The pink formula instantly brightens up your face, perfect for wearing underneath your foundation, or simply on its own.
    Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer, $35 at Sephora. 
  5. The newest addition to the primer world, this is quite the illuminating find! Imbued with Diamond Lumière Complex, it corrects your skin all the while giving it a healthy glow. And whether you have a fair or dark complexion, olive or Asian, there’s a tube that’s right for you. 
    Lise Watier Luminous Correcting Primer, $39 at Lise Watier counters.

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