- Best Primers with SPF
Hot summers are great for so many things: picnics in the park, rooftop bars, lazing around the pool 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 am, 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 18 best primers with SPF, your makeup will stay flawless all day and they’ll even protect your skin when you’re tanning at the pool.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hailed as the best primer with SPF by yours truly, the NARS Coemtics Radiance Primer is popular with those who love an energized, 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 defense, 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 Supergoop 2-in-1 product is a must in your makeup bag! It’s a lightweight sunshield, which leaves no white film and perfectly preps the skin for makeup by minimizing the midday shine. The nourishing formula offers broad spectrum SPF 40 and is both sweat and water resistant.
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 moisturizing properties, making it a primer, moisturizer and sunscreen all in one.
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.
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 utilizes vitamin C to brighten and nourish the skin. This is an antioxidant-rich formulation, which ensures your face feels moisturized all day long.
Shield your skin from harmful UV rays with the cult favorite Fenty Skin moisturizer with SPF 30. No thick or heavy formula, instead the lightweight cream melts into the skin and doubles as a primer. The formula is perfect for diminishing discoloration, blurring the appearance of pores and plumping up fine lines.
The Hourglass primer contains SPF 15 to protect your precious complexion, while also prolonging the longevity your makeup. Better yet, it helps minimize the appearance of redness 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 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!
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 favorite 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 moisturizing and affordable primer enriched with SPF 30. It contains cannabis sativa seed oil to deliver long-lasting hydration, along with other soothing ingredients to calm pesky irritations. The primer also protects the skin from any harmful rays throughout the day using impressive SPF 30.
This luxurious option will be your new go-to for those days when you need a little extra boost. It has a serum-like texture, which deeply moisturizes parched complexions, while SPF 15 supports the skin. Plus, the subtle pink color gives your face a natural, radiant glow that might make you forgo foundation altogether.
Our top 18 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.