Primers have become a staple product in many of our makeup routines and for good reason. Creating the perfect base for your makeup and working to extend wear time, primers smooth and soften the skin and allow any products you apply on top to adhere perfectly to your complexion and stay in place.
Many priming formulas include silicone, derived from Silica. Fluid and slightly tacky, silicone leaves the skin feeling smooth, soft and offers slip which allows your makeup to glide on top. It is also known to improve the appearance of scars and texture as it creates a silky veil which sits on top of the skin.
Are silicone primers bad for skin?
Although the texture of your primer is very much down to personal preference, many makeup artists and beauty lovers are turning away from traditional silicone-infused formulas in favour of silicone-free primers.
As silicone primers create a veil over your skin, they can trap dirt, sebum and impurities and suffocate the skin slightly which can in turn lead to the formation of blackheads and breakouts. As a result, silicone-free primers are becoming increasingly popular with water-based primers being one of the most common forms.
6 best silicone-free primers
Whatever your skin type, a silicone-free primer could make the perfect addition to your everyday makeup routine. We have selected six of our favourite formulas to help you find the best silicone-free primer for you.
Which are the best silicone-free primers?
- Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
- MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
- Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting
- Filorga Pore-Express Regulating Primer
- PÜR Colour Correcting Primer – Hydrate & Balance