If you want to even out your skin tone and cover those pores and fine lines, then incorporate a primer in your makeup routine. Here are a few primers that will prep up your skin before you apply makeup.
Did you know that putting on a primer prior to your makeup can make a world of a difference? It’s true! No matter how amazing your foundation or other makeup products are; without a primer they’re no good. According to beauty experts, the primer is a magical product that helps your makeup to stay put for a longer period of time. So what does a primer do? Not only does it create an extra layer between your skin and makeup, but it blurs wrinkles, matts the skin, minimises the appearance of pores while creating a perfect base for makeup. It helps the base/foundation from caking and oiling up, so no more smudged and smeared makeup after a few hours of applying it.
Of course, it will take a little longer to add another layer as part of your beauty regime, but it will all be worth it when you’ll see the difference. However, always make sure to wait for the primer to dry down before applying foundation so it binds correctly and ensures the best results.
Instep lists down some of the best primers. Read on…
Laura Mercier, Foundation Primer
This primer is all about luminous, youthful skin. It is a lightweight, creamy gel that is meant to be used prior to foundation. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer creates an invisible layer and gives a slightly matte, long-lasting base.
Ideal for normal and combination skin types, use all over the skin for a dewy glow, or apply to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the forehead for a subtle but noticeable radiance. This colourless gel contains vitamins A, C and E that leave makeup looking fresh the entire day.
Smashbox, The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer
This clear face primer gel has a blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea that gives skin a soft-focus finish and silky texture. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a transparent face primer gel that smoothes skin and blurs flaws. Because it is so popular, the brand has launched an entire range of alternative versions to suit different skin types and requirements. The best part about this product is that you can use it to touch up your makeup as well.
Benefit, POREfessional Face Primer
One of the best-sellers, the translucent formula contains a vitamin E derivative known to protect skin from free radicals. It magically blurs and minimises the appearance of pores leaving a smooth surface for foundation. This is a much thicker formula, with a silicone feel to it. Silicone is what helps fill in pores, making them appear minimised and gives the skin that smooth effect. If texture and large pores are your concern, you need this in your life. Experts recommend using a small amount, just where you need it. You can even apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup.
MAC, Prep & Prime Skin Base
This is not your usual primer; this lightweight formula promotes even skin tone and creates the ideal base for makeup, plus it noticeably reduces oiliness. Celebrity stylists’ backstage favourite, the silicone based gel has a comfortable gel-meets-lotion texture, with a long wearing formula that helps even out skin redness while adding radiance, before you apply your foundation.
L’Oreal Paris, Lumi Magique Primer
Just a thin coat of this primer illuminates and hydrates, which means you will have a brighter and smoother finish. A fresh, light and silky soft formula Lumi Magique Primer provides 8 hours of hydration and is great for dry skin. It feels like a thin lotion when applied and has a beautiful pearlescent glow. While it can be worn underneath your foundation for a subtle, glowy finish, for a natural looking highlight, you can even dab it on your cheekbones when you’ve finished your makeup.