Are you wearing the wrong coloured primer?

Purple reign.

We know what you’re thinking: adding another step to your make-up routine isn’t exactly what you want. Even that extra layer of serum already feels like a chore.

But what if we told you that just one product has the potential to make your #nofilter selfies no word of a lie?

Enter: colour correcting primer. Or more specifically, Becca’s highly hyped First Light Priming Filter.

The purple – yes, purple – formula is designed to boost skin’s radiance by counteracting the yellow tones that can lead to dullness.

A quick colour refresher: violet makes skin look brighter and smoother; green counteracts redness; yellow neutralizes pigmentation and pink adds warmth and brightens.

“Colour correcting is essentiail to create a flawless complexion,” says ACADEMIE Salon make-up director Mikele Simone. “It helps cover up unwanted tones, like redness or dark circles, allowing you to use less foundation and concealer.”

But if you don’t have time to dab on colour-correcting concealers every morning (save those for special occasions), a colour-correcting primer is the ultimate quick fix.

I applied the new Becca purple primer after my serum, and before foundation, before a night out and was pleased with the results. Don’t be put off by the purple – it applies completely see-through and leaves you with a lovely other-worldly radiance that shines subtly through foundation.

I thought my make-up went on smoother and my skin felt hydrated all night – thanks, no doubt, to the hyaluronic acid and prickly pear extract in the formula.

By day, it worked just as well – and didn’t leave me looking shiny (in a more-greasy-than-glowy way) by mid-afternoon. Win.

Keen to give other purple colour correctors a go? These are three of our favourites:

Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette, $66, Mecca.
Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Correct & Conceal, $60.
Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector, $50, Sephora.

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