The Best Primers for your Face, Eyes and Lips

If somebody asked you to name your absolute beauty essential, what would your answer be? Concealer? Mascara? A quick slick of lipgloss before you head out the door?

There’s no doubt that one of these items would be the average respone from daily makeup appliers (I myself couldn’t face the day without my brow kit), but it may be time to backtrack and reassess.

Before any other product goes on, the one item you should be making friends with is your primer. A primer is just about the most important element of your routine – for face, eyes, lips and anywhere else you care to apply your makeup – if you want to ensure longevity of wear and keep your look fresh all day and night. In short, no matter how much you rely on that mascara or concealer, only primer will keep the two of you together. Think of it as a makeup mediator. Here are a few of the best:

For Your Face: La Base Pro Perfecting Make Up Primer by Lancome

After much trial (and some error) in the category of face primers, this one is an absolute clear winner for me. Lancome has got this right on so many levels, from the fact that one pump from the bottle is the exact amount one needs to apply, to the borderline-ridiculous amount of use one bottle gives you – after using my 25mL one every day, it finally ran out after seven months! The formula is super concentrated and feels beautifully silky, creating the ideal base to get your foundation looking perfect. This may not be the ideal base for those with the tendency for oily skin, but is still widely recommended for most skin types. Shop it online here.


For Your Eyes: M.A.C Paint Pot

They are listed as an eyeshadow on the website, but in my experience (and under the advision of the assistant at the M.A.C counter), the paint pots are hands down the best eye primer currently offered on the market. Available in nine neutral skin shades, this one is also great value for money and you only need the tiniest amount to get the result you want. Blend the paint pot formula onto your eyelids with a bristled eyeshadow brush, apply your eyeshadow or eyeliner and it is guaranteed not to budge until you want it to. Unbelievably concentrated and matte, they also offer concealment of veiny eyelids and dark under eye circles, visibly brightening your eyes and leaving you looking alert and ready to face the day. Ultimate bonus! Try one out and shop it here

For Your Lips: Benefit Lip Plump

So many of Benefit’s products are absolutely loveable, and the lip plump is no different. Acting as a double agent, it both primes and plumps your lips, leaving them more lipstick/lipgloss/lipstain ready than ever. On top of this, it promises to smooth your lips and fill in unsightly lines with its jojoba oil formula and comes in a handy nude hue that means overlying colours are left looking better than ever. Win-win-win. Grab it here.

Happy priming!



  • Reply best makeup looks Tuesday 29th May, 2018 at 4:20 am

    awesome post and site

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 10th April, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Great tips, I so want to try the Lancome primer.

  • Reply stels Friday 13th January, 2012 at 12:19 am

    the model looks so young!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Sunday 1st January, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Great Tips-Thanx BWA

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 31st December, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Have started wearing the several primers I have stored away for way too long. I’m finding them quite good – they do seem to make make-up last longer and that’s a good thing!

  • Reply midnightstarfish Thursday 29th December, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the tips!!

  • Reply SimoneB Thursday 8th December, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hello “M.A.C Paint Pot” Goodbye dark under eye circles… Bought + tried = Flawless 🙂 Thank-You!!!

  • Reply KNY Monday 5th December, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I really want to try the Lancome primer, sounds so great

  • Reply tina_cats Sunday 4th December, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    very thick lips on the model,like angelina jolie

  • Reply UNoPoo Saturday 3rd December, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Never tried these before! Great advice.

  • Reply maretaak Thursday 1st December, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Thank-you!! Never have enough time to look into primers, you have just cut down the job for me!

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Thursday 1st December, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Great Article 😉

  • Reply ethereal Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I really need an eye primer as I have terrible trouble with creasing eyeshadow. I might have to try the MAC Paint Pots.

  • jazlovestoskate
    Reply jazlovestoskate Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 11:41 am

    these look amazing, i must get my hands on them!

  • Reply angelaeastwood Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 11:36 am

    wow, flawless!

  • ppennylane
    Reply ppennylane Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 9:54 am

    defs need to check out these products!

  • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hmmm I’ve been hearing sooooo much about primers, I really do need to look into it more…. Thanks BWA…. 🙂

  • Reply buonarrotischisel Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 9:44 am

    awesome thank you!

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 9:35 am

    great read, thanks! that Benefit lip primer sounds like it would come in very handy indeed. The lancome facial primer is excellent, I’m sure, but I’ll stick to my $12.95 face of australia primer.

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 9:29 am

    i would love a good eye primer

  • Reply Fifi Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 8:50 am

    La Base primer is amazing, definitely a must-have!

  • Reply kirstar14287 Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 8:43 am


  • Reply jenniekellett Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 8:12 am

    definitely want to try these, especially the lancome

  • Reply thugsy Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 7:21 am

    great tips

  • Reply bardie Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 7:12 am

    very nice

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I also love Smashbox primer.. has that same silky texture and really holds out through the day.. or night

  • Reply juliew Tuesday 29th November, 2011 at 6:16 am

    good tips

  • Reply Monday 28th November, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    must try that paint pot!

  • Reply stefaneigh Monday 28th November, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I really want to try MAC paint pot!

  • Reply chocolatelace Monday 28th November, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    great article.

  • Reply maydaymaydayy Monday 28th November, 2011 at 6:54 pm


  • Reply livi Monday 28th November, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Great tips 🙂

  • Reply sallync Monday 28th November, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Appreciate the tips and the model is stunning

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Monday 28th November, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Awesome, thanks for these tips! I will definitely check them out when I’m in need of a new primer.

  • Reply KatP Monday 28th November, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Ill keep it in mind.

  • Reply lizzie77 Monday 28th November, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    great tips!

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