- Best Primers with SPF
Summer is here and it’s a scorcher. Hot summers are great for so many things: picnics in the park, rooftop bars, lazing around lidos and getting an awesome tan. However, it’s horrendous for two reasons: sunburn and commuting.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll come bursting through the office doors at 8:50 a.m., roasting from the tube, fanning yourself to death in a bid to save your makeup. Come midday there are mere traces of foundation left on your face, your eyeshadow has creased and your winged eyeliner is indecipherable – were they supposed to be cat-flicks or…?
Our memories of summer don’t have to be of sweaty upper lips and melted makeup, not when you're wearing the best primer with SPF.
With our top 20 best primers with SPF, your makeup will stay flawless all day – yep, even through your commute – and they’ll even protect your skin when you’re tanning at your local lido.
Disclaimer: you will still need to wear SPF, otherwise, in the words of Coach Carr, "you will get sunburn and you will die". OK maybe that's not verbatim but you get it...
This luxurious option will be your new go-to for those days when you need a little extra boost. Combining superior UVA/UVB protection with soothing, plant-based antioxidants, the serum-like primer fights signs of ageing and protects skin from environmental damage. Even the most tired, fatigued and washed-out faces appear smooth, hydrated and younger-looking.
Non-greasy formula, lightweight texture and infused with a huge dose of collagen, this Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer boasts both makeup and skin care benefits. It feels velvety smooth against your skin and delivers a beautiful natural finish that blurs fine lines, enlarged pores and imperfections. And, of course, SPF 30 ensures your complexion is shielded from UVA and UVB rays throughout the day.
For skin that looks lit from within, add a touch of illumination with Stila's ten-in-one beauty balm that works to brighten the complexion. This priming balm is enriched with skin-loving ingredients that help the appearance of skin tone and texture, while hydrating and nourishing
This luxury face primer is a great one to keep in your kit. Not only does it contain SPF 20 to protect you against UV rays, but it also utilises zinc and jojoba oil to brighten and nourish the skin. This is an antioxidant-rich formulation, which ensures your face feels moisturised all day long.
The Prime Time BB Primer from bareMinerals is everything you need and more. Offering a lightweight formula that's infused with SPF30, it provides a protective layer for your skin. Not to mention, it reduces the appearance of blemishes and leaves you with an even, renewed complexion, making it a must-have for the summer months when heavy-duty foundations are a no-go.
The Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Beauty Base Protect SPF 50 All In One Moisturising Primer is a multi-award-winning primer that creates a soft-focus effect on your skin and blurs out any imperfections. A few pumps of this SPF 50 primer and you’ll be on your way to smooth, silky skin with broad-spectrum protection and an even, matte finish.
This Emma Hardie Primer is made with a dual-action formula that drastically improves the hold of your foundation, all whilst protecting against premature ageing (read our guide to anti-ageing skin care for more info!). Its non-greasy texture makes applying your foundation an effortless task and the final results are nothing short of flawless. With SPF 30, your face stays protected throughout the day.
Milani SPF BFF Face Primer adds the perfect touch to your makeup routine, gliding on to protect you from UV rays and locking your makeup in place all day without stickiness or residue.
Hailed as the best primer with SPF by yours truly, the NARS Csoemtics Radiance Primer is popular with those who love an energised, glowing complexion. This skin-enhancing primer puts life and vitality back into your skin while sunscreen beads provide broad spectrum SPF 35 protection.
This lightweight beauty shield perfectly preps your skin before makeup, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and texturising your complexion. It’s antioxidant rich and offers SPF 30 protection, blocking sun exposure and protecting against pollutants.
Another multi-award-winning formula, this Charlotte Tilbury primer delivers protection as well as a photo-ready finish. Packed with Charlotte's Magic 8 Matrix of oils and actives, the primer nourishes the skin whilst airbrush polymers create a filter-like effect that leaves your skin looking healthy and glowing.
This cult fave is a comfortable and luxurious lotion that melts into your skin to soften, smooth and protect pre-foundation and pre-sun exposure. It not only offers SPF 30 but prevents the appearance of dark spots, which usually come with frequent sun exposure.
Shield your skin from harmful UV rays with another cult-favourite by bareMinerals. It contains SPF 15 which protects the skin from free radicals and pollution. No thick or heavy formula, instead it has a cream-gel consistency that melts into the skin and provides a matte base for all your beautiful makeup looks.
The Hourglass primer contains SPF 15 to protect your precious complexion, while also prolonging the longevity your makeup. Better yet, it helps minimise the appearance of redness, enlarged pores and fine lines. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also waterproof so your foundation and concealer will look flawless even if there’s a summer downpour.
Searching for a pore-perfecting primer? Laura Mercier have got you covered. This sun protection primer not only blocks UVA and UVB rays, but it also mattifies and smoothes the skin. And if you’re searching for another reason to add this to your virtual basket, the innovative formula also blurs out the likes of fine lines and blemishes for a youthful-looking complexion. Win-win in our books!
Make sure your foundation looks flawless even when the temperature rises with the NARS Cosmetics Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50. This cult-followed product helps moisturise, prime and protect the skin all in one go, leaving you with a smooth and matte finish. It’s the perfect solution to keep in your everyday makeup bag.
This hypoallergenic Under Makeup Base from Inglot Cosmetics features SPF 20 sunscreen and will let the makeup remain fresh and vibrant while protecting the skin from the negative impact of the sun while perfectly moisturising and smoothing skin.
The Bobbi Brown primer offers broad spectrum protection against UV rays with a whopping SPF 50. This is a great way to prevent premature ageing and damage from the sun. And, of course, it’s perfect for prolonging the wear of your favourite foundation. Free from nasties, this a great solution for all skin types as it melts into the skin leaving no white trace.
Discover this super moisturising primer enriched with SPF. It contains hyaluronic acid to deliver long-lasting hydration, along with other smoothing ingredients such as vitamin C, algae and bisabolol. The primer also protects the skin from blue light and is sweat resistant for even the hottest days.
Make your skin feel moisturised and balanced, while also protecting against the sun’s rays and blue light from your laptop or phone. With an oil-free formula, it's suitable for all skin types. Use as a makeup-gripping primer under foundation when you want a little more coverage, or on its own if you want more of a natural look.
Our top 20 best primers with SPF are all you need to keep your skin looking flawless throughout this sizzling hot summer.
Written by Hannah Liddle
Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.