10 of the Best Primers with SPF You Need this Summer

By Hannah Liddle - 4 months ago | Updated
10 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 10 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...

10 Best Primers with SPF

1. DIORSKIN Forever Primer Base

This DIORSKIN Primer is made with specialised polymers that drastically improve the hold of your foundation. Its silky texture makes applying your foundation an effortless task and the final results are nothing short of flawless. With SPF 20 PA++, your face is lightly protected throughout the day.


2. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++

Murad Invisiblur 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 30 primer and you’ll be on your way to smooth, silky skin with broad spectrum protection and an even, matte finish.


3. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer SPF30

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer SPF30

With a water base and a minimal concentration of silicones, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer SPF 30 is a fresh and feather-light primer that creates an ultra-smooth complexion. With added antioxidants, it not only protects you from UV rays but environmental stressors, too.


4. Estée Lauder Double Wear Flawless Hydrating Primer SPF45

The Estée Lauder Double Wear Flawless Hydrating Primer is a multi-action primer that is like a silk veil for your skin. Its barely-there texture is incredibly comfortable and with powerful protective ingredients, it shields your skin from both UV damage and pollution.


5. NARS Cosmetics Radiance Primer SPF

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.


6. Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 PA++

Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50 PA++

This is the go-to primer for city dwellers. With SPF 50, anti-pollution and daily city-proof defence, your skin is protected at all costs. This multi-protective primer is even great for sensitive skin types and with thanks to its fluidity, can be worn alone or under foundation.


7. e.l.f. Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Primer SPF50

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Primer SPF50

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 50 protection, blocking sun exposure and protecting against pollutants.


8. ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer

ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer

Another multi-award-winning primer, this ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF 30 delivers an airbrush-like finish while providing a healthy glow. Packed with bioactive ingredients it also feeds your skin with moisturising properties, making it a primer, moisturiser and sunscreen all in one.


9. MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF

MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF

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 50 but prevents the appearance of dark spots, which usually come with frequent sun exposure.


10. By Terry UV-Base Primer SPF

High SPF, non-greasy formula, lightweight texture, vitamin- and antioxidant-rich, this BY TERRY UV-Base Primer is the ultimate primer, boasting both makeup and skin care benefits. It feels velvety smooth against your skin and delivers a beautiful matte finish.


Our top 10 best primers with SPF are all you need to keep your skin looking flawless throughout this sizzling hot summer.

Discover more summer skin care staples with The Best Light Moisturisers for Summer and The Best After Sun Products.

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