Let’s face it (pun completely intentional); primers and foundation go together. Like wine and cheese; like hot chocolate and marshmallows; like a summer’s day and sunscreen. You really shouldn’t have one without the other.
But here’s the thing – primers aren’t what they used to be. It’s not just a one-formulation-suits-everyone kinda deal. Thanks to everyone being different and technology and science, you can now find a primer that’s been designed to suit your particular needs.
So, in an effort to make sure that you’re using the right kind of primer with your foundation, here are some primers that’ll not only help that gorgeous face of make-up stay put all day long, but they’ll do a whole lot more, too.
PRIMER FOR YOUR EYES
So your eyeshadow just isn’t staying put like you want it to? Sounds like you need an eyeshadow primer, like Mary Kay Eye Primer. The waterproof formula ensures that your shadow is going on to a smooth canvas as well as working wonders to keep the pigment from creasing and smudging.
PRIMER FOR LINES AND WRINKLES
Your foundation and powder can easily settle into lines and wrinkles, so it’s a good idea to smooth them out before applying any make-up. Nanoblur is a really clever correction cream that helps to blur any lines and imperfections on your skin, meaning that left with a silky smooth finish.
PRIMER FOR DULL SKIN
Give your skin an extra hit of radiance with a primer that helps to illuminate and highlight dull or sallow skin. Estée Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primerinstantly brightens skin, leaving your complexion looking smoother and fresher.
PRIMER THAT TREATS YOUR SKIN
No one said your primer couldn’t have skin care benefits, too. Alpha-H Liquid Gold Prep and Prime will absorb into your skin to help refine your pores and dissolve cell build-up on the surface of your skin, meaning it will look glorious in the long term.
PRIMER THAT TARGETS THE SIGNS OF AGEING
It’s true, primers can help fight those pesky signs of ageing, like loss of elasticity. Innoxa Lift & Firm Primer contains anti-ageing ingredients that, with the help of plant-derived extracts, help improve your skin condition and the firmness of your skin.
PRIMER THAT REDUCES YOUR PORES
Hate how your pores ruin an otherwise perfectly good make-up look? Look for a primer that’ll help reduce the size of them, like Sheer Cover® Base Perfector. The soothing formulation almost acts like little plugs, smoothing over those annoying pores.
PRIMER THAT LEAVES A MATTE FINISH
The dewy, sheeny foundation finish isn’t for everyone, so if you want a complexion that looks more velvety, use a primer that will mattify your complexion. L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Primer contains soft powders that leave a matte finish on your skin while ensuring your foundation stays in place all day.
PRIMER THAT CONTROLS OIL AND SHINE
If your oily T-zone, chin or cheeks drive you insane, then it’s probably time to try a primer that will work to absorb the excess oil on your skin. jane iredale Abesence Oil Control Primer helps control shine all day, meaning that you won’t look like an oil slick come 5pm.
PRIMER THAT’S SUPER-HYDRATING
All primers contain moisturising properties, but for some, they just need a little bit more. Certain primers, like Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Primer, can help deliver moisture to your skin and lock it in, ensuring that your complexion is hydrated for hours.
PRIMER WITH SUNSCREEN
Who doesn’t love a bit of SPF action with any of their beauty products? Face of Australia Face Base Primer SPF 15 3 in 1 will not only ensure that your skin is soft and hydrated and your make-up smooth and flawless, but it’ll also give your skin protection from the sun’s rays.
What do you look for in a primer? Have you tried any of these primers?