A couple of years ago I had never even heard of makeup primers, and now they are everywhere. Primers are exactly what they say; products to prime the skin before applying makeup. I can’t pretend I have tried them all, but I have sampled a fair few. Here are my favourites.
Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water: I was full of disdain for this primer when I first tried it. I had heard good things so I thought I would give it a go. To begin with I was very disappointed; it doesn’t behave as I thought a primer should. It doesn’t conceal pores, or even out skin tone. What it does do is act as a refresher. I like to use it after moisturiser, and before my other primers of choice, (keep reading for those…) for a blast of hydration. It is also lovely as a little pick-me-up during the day.
I always follow this with Too Faced Hangover Primer. This primer feels very much like a moisturiser, it’s a light, non-silicone-y lotion. It contains all sorts of wonderful ingredients like coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers, which apparently work together to boost hydration and smooth the skin. It might sound a bit too good to be true, but this primer is just lush. It is also vegan and paraben free. I love it so much that I am feeling a bit nervous about coming to the end of my current tube. It isn’t readily available in the UK (I bought mine on Amazon from a US Based seller) and although Too Faced do ship here, it would cost £22 for the primer, and almost another £20 for shipping. A little bit steep for this Hangover fan.
On days when my pores are looking a little obvious, or when I want a really long lasting flawless finish, I will use the L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream This is a tinted silicone type primer that ‘blurs’ the pores on my nose and leaves me with smoother looking skin. It doesn’t ‘roll up’ like some products can, it just leaves the best possible base for foundation or BB cream.
Using three products may seem like a lot of fiddling around, but the whole routine only takes a couple of minutes, and it is definitely worth it for longer lasting makeup and (almost!) flawless skin.
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