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All About Makeup Primers

All About Makeup Primers

As we all know, makeup primers are key to long-lasting makeup but they also offer other benefits than just setting your foundation. Find out how to choose the right primer to make the most out of it.

Why Use A Makeup Primer?

In a nutshell, makeup primer is a base that creates the perfect canvas for makeup application.

  • It allows your makeup to last longer. Apply it after your favourite moisturiser, as the first step of your makeup routine or if you’re all about a fresh no-makeup look, primer is a great and lighter alternative to foundation.
  • Makeup primers also help to even your skin tone and deliver a skin-perfecting effect. As a result, they make every other product you put on top look instantly better.
  • They are also able to instantly smooth fine lines and blur pores.

To really work the primer into your skin, massage the product with your fingertips to activate blood circulation. For smaller areas like the eyes, a concealer brush makes the application easier.

How To Choose Your Makeup Primer

The number one rule is to pick a product that suits your skin’s needs. There are a lot of different formulas out there that serve a variety of purposes.

Whether you’re looking to combat oiliness, get a radiance boost, blur fine lines or calm irritations, primers help you achieve this while allowing your makeup to stay longer. At Lookfantastic we have a wide range of primers and to help you choose, we’ve selected our top picks for every skin type.

The Best Primers For Normal Skin

If you’re not experiencing any particular skin issue, all you need is to create a flawless base that allows your makeup to stay put all day long.

One of our top picks is Illamasqua’s Satin Primer. The lightweight, soft texture not only prolongs the wear of your foundation but also delivers a luminous glow. Plus, it is infused with moisture-rich Vitamin E for an extra layer of hydration and a smooth finish.

Amongst bareMinerals‘ fabulous range of primers, the Prime Time Foundation Primer, containing Plant Extracts and antioxidant Vitamin E is an absolute staple. When your skin gets a bit dry in Winter and shiny in Summer, this multi-tasking formula is able to absorb extra shine and nourish any dry areas. As a result, your skin looks perfectly even and refined all year round.

If you’re looking for a face primer that protect your skin against UV rays go for the Multi Protective Primer from NARS. It contains SPF 30 as well as anti-irritant and anti-pollution properties, to deliver full protection against environmental factors.

The Best Primers For Dull Skin

Face primers can do wonders to revive dull and tired complexion. The secret to getting the glow back in your skin is to choose a primer packed with illuminating properties.

When your stress and level of fatigue show on your skin, go for Maybelline’s Baby Skin Fatigue Blur. Dark circles and signs of tiredness fade away with this lightweight primer. As a result, your complexion looks definitely brighter and refreshed.

We have to include in our top picks the revolutionary One Step Illuminate from Stila. This triple-swirled helix primer contains 3 illuminating shades that warm, highlight and brighten up your complexion in one single step. Plus, it features Stila’s exclusive Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex that works to balance, nourish and illuminate your skin. You’re just one step away from a gorgeous complexion!

If you’re an Illamasqua enthusiast, you have to try the Radiance Veil Primer from their Veil Primers collection. Both a primer and illuminator, the velvety formula infuses your skin with light with finely milled shimmer particles.Applied on the highest points such as the forehead, cheekbones and nose, it gives your complexion the ultimate radiance boost.

The Best Primers For Oily Skin

If your skin tends to get oily, look for a primer that absorbs excess oil and provides a matte finish.

If you haven’t tried the famous benefit’s POREfessional Matte Rescue yet, give it a shot! This water-based, mattifying gel eliminates shine, combats oiliness and delivers a natural-looking finish. This incredible formula, boasting Blurring Diamond Powder, immediately reduces the appearance of pores, for a picture-perfect complexion.

If you have some blemishes, you might want to try the Pore & Shine Control Primer from NARS that delivers immediate and long-term benefits. The oil-free formula is infused with African Whitewood and Oleanolic Acid to balance and purify skin. Plus, its Pore Minimising Complex instantly refines your complexion and keeps your skin looking perfectly matte all day long.

We also recommend DHC’s Clarifying Pore Cover Base, formulated for combination to oily skin types. The powdery-gel texture combines purifying Zinc Oxide and hydrating Olive Leaf extracts that give you a matte complexion without drying out your skin. This is your go-to if your T-zone is shiny but the rest of your face needs a bit of hydration.

The Best Primers For Sensitive/Dry Skin

If dryness and irritation are your main concerns, you need a primer that will nourish and calm your skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

For sensitive skins that experience rosacea, Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Redness Relief Primer SPF20 is a must-have. This highly moisturising primer contains sunscreens and anti-irritant agents to nourish and protect your skin against UV rays. It also delivers a light green tint that counteracts with redness and leaves you with a perfectly even complexion.

Another option is the Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50 from NARS. Its Invisible Defense Technology protects your skin from environmental factors while its Skin Smoothing Complex blurs imperfections. This this high-performance primer and feel the difference on your skin!

Another great primer for dry skin is Lancôme’s La Base Pro Hydra Glow Illuminating Makeup Primer. It delivers 24 hours of hydration to keep your skin supple and moisturised all day long. Apply it before your foundation to ensure a radiant glow.

The Best Primers For Mature Skin

The best option for mature skin is a makeup primer that features age-fighting benefits and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

We absolutely love Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF30 for the incredible youthful glow it delivers. Its ultimate anti-ageing technology not only blurs fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections but it also encourages natural collagen production. Plus, its SPF30 protects you from sun exposure and environmental factors.

One of our favourite Laura Geller Face Makeup products is the Spackle Under Make-Up Supercharged Primer. Supercharged with soothing Botanicals and age-fighting Antioxidants, it improves skin elasticity and creates the perfect canvas for a long-lasting makeup.

Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer is a top pick as well. Its light-diffusing technology and triple blurring-complex instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for a youthful glow.

What About Eye Makeup Primers?

There’s nothing more frustrating than achieving the perfect eye-makeup in the morning then see it smudge by mid-day. In order to keep your eye-makeup in place all day, eye primers are the answer.

Eye Shadow Primers

Starting with an eye shadow primer will help you create a flawless eye makeup.

  • This specific base for your eyelids prevents your shadow from creasing and you will notice a real difference on how your makeup stays put.
  • It also boosts the intensity of your eye shadow, for a highly pigmented result.

Give it a try with Pixi’s Eye Bright Primer which we are currently loving. It neutralises oiliness and brightens your eyelids, for a perfect result.

Lash And Eyebrow Primers

Those who are all about long lashes or perfect brows need these specific primers in their life.

If you want longer but still natural-looking lashes, your best option is to incorporate eyelash primer into your makeup routine. It’s like applying a base-coat to replenish your lashes and boost your mascara’s benefits.

Our new top pick is Magnifibres’ Treatment Primer that makes your lashes look longer and thicker.

If doing your eyebrows is the most important part of your makeup routine, a primer specially designed for this area is a must-have. It conditions your brows before you fill and shape them and helps to keep them in control all day.

Take a look at benefit’s BrowVo Conditioning Primer. The clear gel suits all hair colours and is packed with Keratin and Soy Proteins to nourish, strengthen your brows and extend the wear of your favourite brow products.



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