- 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 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.
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.
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.
With a vitamin base and a minimal concentration of oils, the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This luxury face primer is a great one to keep in your kit. Not only does it contain SPF 15 to protect you against UV rays, but it also utilises vitamin C to brighten and nourish the skin. This is an antioxidant-rich formulation, which ensures your face feels moisturised all day long.
Shield your skin from harmful UV rays with the cult-favourite BY TERRY primer. It contains SPF 50 along with vitamin E, 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.
This brand is the epitome of California cool style. Bring a little bit of that Cali sun to good ol’ blighty with this mineral primer with SPF 30. It helps protect and nourish the skin, while smoothing texture and boosting radiance. To do so, it contains an innovative plant protection formula with honeysuckle, white lily and iris stem cells.
Searching for a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free primer? Chantecaille have got you covered. This sun protection not only blocks UVA and UVB rays, but it also acts a primer by mattifying the skin. And if you’re searching for another reason to add this to your virtual basket, the innovative formula also firms and tones the skin for a youthful-looking complexion. Win-win in our books!
Make sure your foundation looks flawless even when the temperature rises with the Armani UV Master Primer. 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.
If you want a more radiant base for your makeup, look no further than this glowy primer with SPF 30. It has a nourishing formulation which feels weightless on the skin, while still offering impressive sun protection. It the ideal option for dull, dehydrated and tired complexions that need a little pick-me-up.
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.
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.
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.