If you’ve ever painted a wall, you’ll know that you first have to prime it in order to ensure that the paint will go on smoother. Makeup primer does the same thing for your foundation and other face products. It’s placed onto your skin after skincare and before foundation to ensure that your products will look better and last longer. The only thing is, is not all primers are a one-size-fits-all. Just because your best friend raves about it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for you and your needs. To find out which primer will revolutionize your makeup routine, just keep reading.
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Dry skin is naturally matte and is constantly craving moisture, so it’s important to look for a primer that is both hydrating and light reflective. Primers that have emollient ingredients will help to reduce the appearance of dry patches, fine lines, and wrinkles as they’ll lay smoothly over them, rather than emphasize them. Some of my personal favourites are the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil, the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer, and the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer.
Normal skin types are quite lucky. They have balanced skin, don’t get too oily or too dry anywhere, have small pores, and don’t break out. Because of this, normal complexions have the luxury of experimenting with a range of different finishes, all dependant on what type of look they’d like to go for. A great middle ground product is the BareMinerals Prime Time Primer, as it’s hydrating enough without being heavy and also has a pretty velvety finish.
There are two ways to go about combination skin. The first option is to opt for a natural finish primer such as the Mac Prep + Prime, which isn’t too dewy or too mattifying. This is a great way to prime if you find that your skin is quite balanced and isn’t extremely oily in one area or extremely dry in another. However, if you do find that your t-zone is quite oily or your cheeks are quite dry, it’s best to purchase two separate products to properly prime the contrasting skin types on your face. I personally love to use the Benefit Porefessional in my t-zone to reduce the oil production I get there (especially around my nose) and then apply the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer to my cheeks for hydration and additional skincare benefits.
The last things someone with an oily complexion wants is to enhance their pores and have their makeup melting off of their face by noon. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to opt for a mattifying primer, as the tiny molecules in these types of products will lay in the pores and give the illusion of a completely smooth canvas. They’ll also help to prevent the skin from looking shiny throughout the day because a matte finish prevents light reflection. Some wonderful options for oily skin types are the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer and the Estee Lauder Shine Control Primer.