foundation primer

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By Kelly Hollands @glow_beauty_skincare_wellbeing

Let’s talk Primer!

What is make-up primer and is it really necessary? Before you paint a bare wall or piece of wood, you always ‘prime’ the area first and it’s exactly the same concept for your face before applying make-up. 

Primer acts as a base for foundation which allows products to go on smoother and gives them something to adhere to, improving the longevity of make-up. There are many varieties on the market ranging from liquid, gel and cream based. As well as primer for the face, there is primer to use solely on your eyelids.

It can be a minefield when looking in high street chemists and on beauty counters as there is so much choice available with a wide range of prices. Working as a make-up artist, I have used many primers over the years and below are some of my favourites.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

This is a concealer and an eyeshadow primer in one. It has been a staple in my make-up kit from the day it was released. This product helps concealer and eyeshadow to stay put. It stops eyeshadow from creasing or migrating and is great if you like wearing cream based shadows, as it really gives the product something to grip onto. It contains Vitamin’s C and E which means that it is moisturising and hydrating for the delicate eye area. You can even wear this product on it’s own to help even out eyelid discolouration and under eye circles. It has a ‘dip and dab’ wand for easy application and comes in a neutral nude shade that seems to suit all skin tones. Priced at £22.50.

Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat Blur Primer

This primer has a gel consistency and has a blurring and illuminating effect, which helps to even the look of all skin tones. I have used this product on many skin types including dry, oily and combination and it has always suited everyone. It helps make-up to go on more smoothly and last longer. I always leave a few minutes after applying primer before applying make-up so it has time to set and dry on the skin. It’s only available in one shade and is £32.00.

Benefit Porefessional Face Primer

This is a fantastic face primer for anyone who has oily skin or enlarged, visible pores or fines lines around the eyes. It is an oil-free product which is lightweight and has a silky texture with a translucent finish. When this product is applied to visible pores or fine lines, it fills the areas and the result is a flawless, poreless appearance. This primer also contains a Vitamin E derivative so it will protect the skin as it works its magic. Priced at £29.50

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

This has also been a staple primer in my kit for many years and is suitable for all skin types. It has a clear, velvety, gel consistency which helps to smooth and blur any imperfections as well as providing longevity to make-up. It glides onto skin easily to leave it looking smooth and flawless. Priced at £24.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer Base

This is a much cheaper option, but still a product that will give many benefits. It has a gel consistency that instantly mattifies so is great for oily/blemish prone skin. It helps to smooth the complexion as well as minimising imperfections such as pores and shine. Priced at £9.99.

If you’ve never tried a make-up primer, but always find that you are topping up your make-up during the day or that it never lasts on a night out, I would definitely recommend that you invest in one. 

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