A Beauty Chat: A Primer Obsession


I often go on about how primers are such an important step in my makeup routine and I use one every single day so I wanted to do a post to show you some of my favourites and why I use them.

What is a primers purpose?
Primers are something that is applied before any makeup touches your face, and depending on which kind of primer you go for, they have many benefits, including; evening out your skin, give you a radiant glow, smooth your skin, tackle problematic areas, as well as keep your makeup in place and lasting all day.

What type of primers are there?

Primers come in all sorts of formulas and combat different skin concerns. 

There are many which are very silicone based, which basically means they feel very velvety and smooth when you apply them to the skin and tend to smooth out any imperfections...

There are also radiance boosting primers, which add a glow to your skin that will then show through your foundation to give you a very natural and subtle highlight...

There's colour correcting primers, which will correct any redness, dark circles, scars, etc, and there's also ones which treat breakouts through the day. Plus there's hydrating formulas which give your skin enough moisture through the day and still keeps your makeup in place.
There are lots of different textures for primers and again depending on what you need it to do and your skin concerns will depend on which one you go for. There's primers with a gel consistency, or a cream, even mousse or balm textures and there's still many more. Some of my favourites are the ones that feel like a serum, meaning they're light in texture, smooth over the skin easily and don't leave skin with a heavy silicone-y feeling. 

What is an eye primer?
Eye primers are something which help your eyeshadow stay on all day without creasing. There are a few different types of primers for the eyes, but all require just a sweep over the lid and blending in and I guarantee, your eyeshadow will not budge.

There's something like the Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer which is a flesh toned shade with a yellow tone to which it helps to counteract dark circles and hide any veins. I also use this below my eye to stop concealer creasing which works brilliantly too. There's also things like the Urban Decay Primer Potion which comes in different shades and also provides a neutral base for eyeshadow as well as the Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer which is a great drugstore alternative...

You can also use eye bases, which are things like the M.A.C. Paint Pots or the Maybelline Colour Tattoos which are basically cream eyeshadows that neutralise the lid, helps shadows stay on longer crease-free, and also is great even just on it's own. These are brilliant as you can get them in many different shades so there's some suitable for a smokey eye as well as a very natural eye look. Eyeshadow Pencils like the Maxfactor Wild Shadow Pencils or the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils make a brilliant base too... 

My favourites?

I use two primers every day I wear makeup, sometimes even when I don't. They really benefit my skin as I have a few skin concerns which I have found primers help so much with. When I don't use them my makeup doesn't look as good in my opinion.

1. I tend to use a smoothing silicone type primer, to even out my skin, smooth over any problematic areas like breakouts and it will also of course keep my makeup in place all day. My favourite primer for this is the Benefit Porefessional Pro Balm
Some other skin perfecting primers I like are:
- Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which is an ultra soft and light texture and smooths out any fine lines, pores or uneven skin and makes it feel silky smooth. 
- Dr Brandt Pores No More Primer creates flawless skin whilst being sweat and humidity resistant. This gives a velvety soft finish to the skin and creates an invisible barrier to stop makeup from clogging pores. Pretty impressive right?
- Revlon Photo Ready Primer is another one that feels very soft and velvety on the skin and helps to create a smooth blank canvas for you to apply makeup on.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser which does what it says on the tin. It makes pores less visible, mattifies the skin as well as smoothing it out to create a fresh base.

All of these are excellent alternatives and I love each and every one of them for different reasons.

2. I then like to use an illuminating, radiance boosting primer, and at the minute I am obsessed with the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Base which is perfect for giving a glowy finish to the skin which then can be seen once foundation has been applied, this one is also very moisturising.
- Bourjois Happy Light Serum Primer is very thin and light in texture as it is a serum, but it still gives a luminous finish to the skin and doesn't contain a speck of shimmer, just pure luminosity from this one.
- Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter, every time I talk about this I always say it is a very different product but only because it can be used in 3 ways, all which give you a glow to your skin, but is know more as a highlighter than a primer, but this can prep the skin for foundation, give a beautiful glow to the skin, whether you are applying it all over the face or just in certain areas, or mixed in with your foundation. It gives a finish that amazes me every time, and is so light weight and blendable it's a simple step to get beautiful dewey skin. 
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm another multi use product. Apply as a mask, or this can also be swept onto the face without rubbing it in and just apply foundation straight away. It gives a stunning, shimmer-free, sheen to the skin. 

Where do I get them from?
There are so many brands that have many primers and can be found either at the drugstore from the likes of Maybelline, Revlon, L'Oreal, or from the more higher end of the beauty world like Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Chanel, Makeup Forever, Benefit and so many more.

I hope you found this helpful. I know I talk about primers a lot but I find they help my skin so much that I cannot wear makeup unless I have at least one on my skin. I don't use them necessarily for the lasting power as I don't like to keep my makeup on all day but it's just what it does to my skin is much better than being primer-less.

Do you have any favourite primers?

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