Tried and tested: Make-up primers

Does primer really help your make-up stay put for longer? Our testers find out...

* B. Prepared Makeup Primer, €12.95 (

“This new primer from the vegan and cruelty-free brand promises to help foundation last longer and keep skin feeling refreshed. The thin white gel felt cool on my skin and helped get rid of shine on my T-zone, and I definitely noticed my make-up stayed on longer.”


* MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base, €21 (

Tried and tested: Make-up primers

“A light, creamy base that comes in a tube, for best results squeeze a little onto the back of your hand and dab lightly on the lid, paying special attention to the crease area.

I’m already a fan of MAC matte eyeshadow, and this helped the powder glide on and blend with ease.”


Tried and tested: Make-up primers

* Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer, €27

“At first, I was a bit over-enthusiastic with this silky white cream, but once I realised that a little goes a long way, I mastered the technique of smoothing on a touch at a time, leaving a velvet-soft base that really helped my BB cream stay put.”



It might have something to do with the phenomenal popularity of YouTube beauty tutorials, but a recent survey found more women want to learn a new make-up technique (48%) than lose weight this year (40%).

Whether you want to perfect your cat-eye liner flick or have a go at contouring, No7’s new range has a brush for the job.

The innovative Precision Eyeliner, €9.50, has a silicone tip, making it more hygienic than a bristled brush.


A survey by Flint+Flint skincare found 54% of the 2,000 women questioned wouldn’t let their partner see them without make-up until they’d been dating at least a year. When asked which cosmetics they can’t live without, the favourites were foundation or powder and mascara.


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