Using a primer before your foundation is a face game changer.
Primers sit on the surface of the skin and create a barrier between skin and makeup that will help skin look smooth, minimise pores, and give an effortlessly glowy look.
It’s a must during summer months especially, as it prevents make-uprunning when sweat forms.
A primer acts as a real-life airbrushing tool, erasing flaws, filling fine lines and pores and evening out skin texture which will leave a perfect base for foundation.
The key ingredient that makes primer so wonderful is silicone, which makes skin feel like silk without interfering with the other make-up or block pores. The Inika Organic ‘Pure’ primer is made with 83% organic ingredients, making it a fantastic natural product to use on the skin.
For oily skin, after a few hours of wear, makeup performs a disappearing act which can leave imperfections bare for the world to see. The beauty of a primer is that it will minimise shine and prevent oil from disturbing make-up.
When applied to clean skin a primer will act as a sponge, soaking up any excess oil which will prevent shine and noticeable problems during the day. The Nyx ‘Pore Filler’ primer specializes in creating that satin finish, reducing enlarged pores and removing shine.
The main reason for using a primer is to create longevity in makeup. Benefit’s ‘Pore Fessional’ primer is perfect as a base for makeup that will keep products in place all day. Primers help decrease sweating through the pores, which helps to keep makeup in place. They also act as a natural shield for dust, water and debris that might make makeup wear off.
No matter what style of primer you go for, it will always improve the staying power of foundation. The natural oils in the skin can break through even the most long-wearing makeup products, so applying a primer between the skin and base makeup will give foundation something to stick to.
For a natural red pigment in skin, trying to cover the red alone with just foundation will leave the skin looking blocked up and over concealed. Instead of resorting to heavy make-up, a tinted primer will help to colour correct and minimise problematic areas without leaving an unnatural look to theskin.
The L’Oréal Paris ‘Infallible Primer Anti Redness’ is perfect for toning down any red pigment due to its green micro pigments. Primers with a green or yellow tint work for toning down redness while peach or lavender shades are best for counteracting dark spots.
Although primers work wonders for oil-controlling and complexion perfecting, a primer is also a great fix for dry skin. A primer such as the Clarins ‘SOS Primer’ is specifically targeted at dry skin and contains moisturising ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin. These ingredients will add a boost of long-lasting hydration to the skin while also providing all of the other benefits of a primer.
Primers work with any skin type, along with any skin colour meaning there is an option for everyone.
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