Until recently Primers were not part of my makeup routine but over the past few months I have begun to think how have I ever not used them before. Since adding it to my routine I have felt that my makeup game has upped a notch. It’s not a permanent feature in my day-to-day routine and I skip it on most days when I go to work. However, there are certain occasions and nights when I want my makeup to look it’s maximum best and last as long as possible.
What is it?
Primer is like good lingerie underneath your clothes – It holds everything on top in all the right places, giving an incredible finish.
It is usually a colourless cream-base that you apply prior to your makeup, creating a barrier between the skin and makeup to create smooth skin for a nicer makeup application and giving a flawless appearance. The makeup stays fresh for longer as the primer holds the foundation in place so you don’t have to do as many touch-ups.
There are so many different primers to give different effects so there is one out there suitable for everyone. Some will help brighten the skin to give a dewy effect (my favourite) while others mattify it. There are some that can help colour-correct and blur out any imperfections, giving a more even skin tone meaning you can wear less foundation. Most of them contain ingredients to give added skincare benefits for example, moisturise or SPF.
Which one to choose?
For flawless makeup look, you need to choose the primer that suits your skin type and below I have listed a quick guide to help:
Sensitive – Look for primers that contain soothing ingredients like green tea extract and isn’t heavy on the fragrance to avoid irritation as this can cause redness in the skin.
Normal – A simple pore-blurring or an illuminating primer (if you like a dewy finish) is enough as you don’t have problems such as redness, large pores or oily skin.
Oily – A mattifying primer can help prevent the skin from becoming greasy and shiny throughout the day. If your skin is more acne-prone there are some primers that contain anti-acne ingredients that prevent breakouts.
Dry – Choose a hydrating primer for a dewy finish. Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer is perfect (see below) as it’s creamy yet light in texture.
Combination – You may need two different primers to suit different parts of the face. Go for a mattifying primer for parts that get oily and another for dryers areas of the face.
Make sure the skin is well hydrated and cleansed. Some primers already contain moisturising ingredients so you’ll find you may not need to use a separate moisturiser beforehand.
You only need a small amount of the primer for the entire face and it can be applied with fingertips, with a beauty blender or a foundation brush. Once this has been applied the rest of the makeup can simply be applied as normal.
My Perfect Primers
These days there are so many different primers out there to suit every skin type we are spoilt for choice. Below are my top four primers that all give an amazing finish and best of all, they can be used alone or with very little makeup on top. In no particular order…
A multi-task primer to suit all skin types, this little gem is perfect for those who don’t like to fuss with makeup and want a more natural finish, or of those who only five minutes in the morning to get ready. It can be used an alternative to foundation for a smooth and even glowing complexion, with added benefits of SPF 40 and protecting your skin from environmental factors like pollution.
I was lucky to have come across this as Space NK happened to have a sale, it felt rude not try it out. I was so impressed I ordered another(!). It’s perfect for my skin type which is normal and a little dry on the cheeks, and this is so hydrating yet really lightweight. It’s absorbs easily and quickly into the skin meaning I go straight onto putting the rest of my makeup on. As well as protecting the skin with its antioxidants, it evens out imperfections and brightens for a healthy glow.
As one of the first primers purchased, I used this on my wedding day along with the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray when I did my own makeup. The primer has a colour-correcting formula to adjust to your own skin tone. It’s very lightweight and very easy to blend into the skin, blurring any imperfections and creating an ultra smooth base for your foundation to go on.
As a big fan of Korean beauty, I didn’t hesitate to buy this (and yes it was the pretty packaging that caught my eye). Although it’s not actually called a primer, its benefits are very similar to reduce blemishes, protect and hydrate the skin. When applying this cream it adapts to the skin tone, giving an alternative to foundation for a radiant finish. I find only a very small amount is enough for that beautiful glow. It also has SPF 25.
What is your favourite makeup primer? I’d love to hear from you and any tips would be helpful!
Love H x