The best primers for any skin type

While there's so much about summer we absolutely love, there's no denying it comes with beauty challenges and foundation staying put is right up there. Sarah Simpson shows you how to combat this with the must-have skin essential - primer. 

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As well as prepping skin for makeup, a primer works to provide staying power. Whether you're opting for a tinted moisturiser, BB cream or your favourite foundation, primer, as the name suggests offers skin the perfect base for any makeup finish.

Dull skin
Boost skin radiance by using one of the below, which not only primes skin they will provides a glowing finish that is visible through makeup. It's the perfect wake-up call for your face.

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, $70. Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer, $65. Yves Saint Laurent Touche eclat Blur Primer, $92.

Uneven skin
Banish the appearance of enlarged pores with the help of a primer that works to smooth out skin irregularities such as scarring and an uneven, pitted texture. 

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer, $60. Mecca Cosmetica Complexion Perfection Primer, $42. Benefit Porefessional, $57.

Dry Skin
Parched, thirsty skin will love the hydrating benefits of these primers. Bursting with vitamins such as, A, C and E, these formulas provide skin with a shot of antioxidant protection and hydration that dry skin will lovingly soak up.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, $62. Lancôme rose Makeup Base Primer, $110. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer, $92.

Oily skin
An oilier skin will benefit from the mattifying benefits that these primers offer. With the addition of this to your regime, skin will feel balanced and there will be no need to worry about troublesome shine during the day.

Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine Balm, $39. Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, $68. Eve Lom Perfect Matte Primer, $88.