When applying makeup, the goal is usually the same. We crave the look of flawless healthy skin and makeup that lasts throughout the day or evening. Yet a vital step in attaining the above goals is often skipped; the use of a makeup primer. The "job" of a primer is to prepare your skin; the first step in your makeup routine.
A primer starts by creating a smooth surface on the skin. Its application will help smooth uneven skin tones, blur the look of fine lines or wrinkles, and diminish the look of large pores. Next, when the foundation is applied, it goes on more evenly with surprisingly lesser amounts needed. The use of a foundation or tinted moisturizer will only enhance the initial work of the primer. Lastly, you will notice that your foundation lasts longer, even on those hot and humid days.
And for those who are not fans of using foundation, a primer can be worn on its own. You still will have a fresh no-makeup look, but just a bit more polished.
Admittedly, there are many types of primers on the market. As with any makeup, primers are prepared with different formulations so as to work with a variety of skin types. We invite you to search for your skin type below and then be introduced to a product that will work beautifully for you.
1. Normal to Dry Skin
INIKA Certified Organic Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid
Inika Organic Pure Primer will provide much-needed hydration for normal to dry skin types. Filled with beneficial essential oils like lavender, lemon myrtle, and jojoba, Inika primer will protect your skin while nourishing it. Further, these three oils are known for their natural antibacterial and soothing qualities. Simply massaging a small amount over your face and neck before applying foundation will ensure long-lasting coverage. Additionally, this product is certified organic and vegan, and cruelty-free.
2. Combination to Oily Skin
Youngblood Anti Shine Mattifier
Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier eliminates skin shine on contact while regulating oil production, the bane of those who have oily skin or who have those troublesome T-zones. Whether used on its own or with makeup, this product can be applied all over your face or for spot treatments, such as on your nose and forehead. Once applied, your face will have a matte finish. And with shiny skin held at bay, you will have a much easier time putting on makeup and looking great all day! As an added bonus it is free of talc, parabens, and fragrances while containing nigella and pumpkin seed oils to purify and balance your skin.
3. Uneven Skin Tone
My PAYOT Super Base
My PAYOT Super Base well with many skin types, aging and dull skin will get the greatest benefit. From its first use, you will notice that your skin tone evens out and your complexion improves. Pores will appear smaller and fine lines and wrinkles will be diminished. No one will know you are wearing a primer for once applied it is completely transparent. You and others will only see smoother and more radiant skin. Perfect to use every day on its own or under your foundation.
4. Sensitive/Rosacea Skin
Glo Skin Beauty Redness Relief Powder
Glo Skin Beauty Redness Relief Powder actually works for all skin types but is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone, or Rosacea skin. Soothing ingredients like honeysuckle, zinc oxide and caffeine are added to provide on the spot reduction of redness. It is also safe to use after dermabrasion and chemical peel treatments. Glo Skin Beauty Redness Relief Powder can be worn alone or under foundation and even used as a spot treatment.
5. All skin types
Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30
Use of Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer will smooth away fine lines and brighten skin. It also contains a neutral tint which enhances the luminosity and radiance of your skin. This makes it perfect to use on days you don't wish to use makeup! However, SkinPerfect lives up to its name as it provides a flawless backdrop to your foundation. SPF30 sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection makes it a superb choice, especially if you enjoy being out in the sun.
Great looking skin with our without makeup starts with a primer. Each handpicked selection above offers protective benefits while helping your skin look its best. For a flawless look, get primed today!