Prime time for skincare

The new breed of bases offer much more than a belt and braces way to set your make up, so lets get glowing girls


armani bbThe Armani range has always been notable for its stand out complexion perfectors and foundations. A case in point is the Luminescence BB Fluid  which uses a greige tone to even out skin and also works brilliantly as a primer, adding an immediate ‘just back from the spa’ freshness. You could stop there (and I often do at weekends), but for the ultimate fresh faced finish, follow with Luminous Silk foundation. Bonus points for the SPF 50. Giorgio Armani luminescence BB Fluid €65

mac prep and prime MAC Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance. This one’s a great oil controller and comes in two shades for light or dark skintones. Pearl powders reflect light for an all day glow. €39.50



clarins light radianceIt’s hard to distract me away from my usual Clarins primer - Beauty Flash Balm, but the new Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base has won me over with it’s dewy finish and hydrating formula. €30



bourjoisBourjois offers great bases at an affordable price point and the Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer melts into skin and plumps out pores, and the peachy shade perks up complexion. €15



GuerlainDry and mature skin will light up with le Météorite Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer by Guerlain. The super hydrating formula means you can skip moisturiser and know your foundation will stay the course. €58


No 7Fake a youthful glow with No 7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm which combines pearl pigments to reduce sallowness while brightening complexion. €22 at Boots Chemists