To prime or not to prime? That’s the question on everyone’s lips at the moment, but do you know the answer? Here’s what you (really) need to know about the ultimate primer for your skin, how to apply it and some common mistakes to avoid.
What’s the fuss about primer?
Before we get to the nitty-gritty of what primer to use, it's essential to first establish what primer does. For starters, primer prepares your face to receive makeup and helps you get the best result from your efforts. Primer is best applied after your skincare regimen and just before your makeup.
Depending on your chosen primer, it can hydrate, mattify, blur the appearance of pores, fade wrinkle lines, target blemishes, offer a “temporary facelift” and do so much more!
Mattify your skin
You know how awesome your face feels, just after applying makeup in the morning? You can keep that feeling all day when you use the right products. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Mattifying Base Primer is a smoothing gel primer that transforms your skin texture to keep it mattified (locking in your morning glow) throughout the day.
Lancôme Fresh Mattifying Primer has a refreshingly lightweight texture, reduces the appearance of pores, controls shine, hydrates your skin and leaves you with a long-lasting matte appearance.
Whatever your skin concern, Maybelline Master Prime has a primer for illuminating, protecting, pore erasing, anti-redness and hydration. Best of all, it’s lightweight, non-oily and does not clog up your pores.
If you want the same angelic appeal provided by online photo-enhancing apps, look no further than NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer. Its smooth and silky formula excels in prepping your skin for makeup, minimising shine and extending your facial artwork for so much longer.
Get selfie-approved by latching on to NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer. This ultra-silky primer is available in an assortment of shades to conceal redness, brighten and illuminate your skin, as well as to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
The wonder of these modern-day apps is their ability to blur imperfections. To get this nifty effect in real life, try out Lancôme Blur Stick and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer, available in three shades specifically designed to brighten, smooth and even out your complexion – with or without makeup.
Technologically infused protection for your largest organ
Modern primers also do wonders to protect your skin against the elements. One such product is UD Urban Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Primer. This clear sunscreen and primer in one offers protection against the sun, while hydrating and smoothing out your skin.
Non-comedogenic, lightweight and fragrance-free Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer is packed with instant-blur technology that conceals pores. Lancôme La Base Pro Hydra Glow Primer does wonders to embrace science and produce smooth, healthy, glowing skin.
Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer has an oil-free makeup base that is infused with Lancôme Elasto-Smooth technology to work on the skin’s texture, gently diffuse light, and create long-lasting radiance.
Common primer mistakes
While primer can prep your skin for makeup, applying too many unnecessary layers of products weighs your skin down and counteracts the primer benefits. Furthermore, to avoid patches, give your primer some time to completely dry before adding makeup.
Another common mistake is using a primer that’s not suitable for your skin type. Modern-day primers are made to address specific requirements for particular skin types.
Lastly, make sure that your primer and foundation formulas are in sync. Often, you can manage this by using the same brand and range of products that are made to enhance each other.
Bottom line, priming your skin before applying makeup can help you to achieve flawless skin. This does, however, depend on the type of primer that you use as well as how you use it. Avoid these common priming mistakes, and you’ll up your chances of getting the most of your priming products.