Add an extra step to your make-up routine by applying a skin primer for a more refined finish. (Pic: Pexel Stock)

For the same reason that a painter uses a primer, a skin primer is always recommended. A paint primer smooths out a surface and helps the paint to adhere. A make-up primer works similarly as it creates a smooth skin texture, allowing for easier make-up application and a longer-lasting finish.

By filling in wrinkles, fine lines and the appearance of pores, it creates a smooth base for your make-up. The product helps to even out skin tone and conceal flaws before applying foundation.

Primers hydrate and nourish sensitive or dry skin, and help reduce redness and inflammation. A mattifying primer will reduce oil and shine; perfect for women with oily or combination skin. Adding one more product and one more minute to create that perfect look will ensure a lasting and more refined finish.

How to use a primer:
Apply the primer after cleansing and moisturising, but before you apply your foundation and any make-up.
Use your fingertips to apply and blend thoroughly. Bare in mind that you only need a small amount.
Focus on areas where your make-up tends to move quicker.
Allow the primer to sink in before you continue.

Here are 5 of our favourite primers and why we love them:

CATRICE Prime & Fine Pore Refining and Anti-Shine Base: This ultra-light formula primer minimizes unwanted shine and visibly refines your pores.

Essence you better work! gym-proof primer: Yes you can look good while working out. The sweat-proof formula lasts during sporting activities. It comes in a small, practical tube so it's ideal when you're on the go. 

WBeauty Face Smoothing Primer: A silky, lightweight and brightening primer with anti-ageing hexapeptide complex to smooth fine lines for a soft and flawless texture.

Benefit Porefessional: This lightweight balm quickly diminishes the appearance of pores for an unbeatably smooth finish. The translucent formula complements all skin tones and can be alone for a natural-looking, flawless finish.

Smashbox Photo Finish SPF20 Primer: We love products that multitask. With built in SPF20 this primer not only provides the smooth foundation but protects your complexion from harmful UV rays.