What's the deal with primers? They are always being recommended on blogs, YouTube beauty videos and in magazines, and might seem like yet another step to add to our ever-growing list of application rules. But if you regularly find your make-up slipping off or your skin feeling a bit oily, a primer could be your new hero product.
What is a primer?
It helps to smooth the skin in prepration for foundation, enabling it to stay on for longer. Some primers have a polyfiller-like texture that fills in all the fine lines, little holes and enlarged pores on the skin, creating a truly uniform base for you to apply your other make-up to. They can also reduce oil, tone down the appearance of redness and brighten your skin.
Do I need one?
If your foundation doesn't absorb into your skin properly, if you have excessive oil or your finished look doesn't appear "clean", try using a primer. Even if you have problem-free skin, it will give a velvety finish.
How should I fit it into my skincare regime?
Moisturisers hydrate, serums repair and primers prepare the skin for make-up. Make sure your moisturiser and primer don't contadict each other: for example, avoid using a moisturiser for dry skin with an oil-free primer or your skin will get mixed messages and it could cause a problem!
Where do I apply it?
Use a pea-sized amount after moisturising. Apply it over the areas that get most oily. Some primers mattify the skin on top of make-up, which is a nice alternative to powder - try patting it on instead of rubbing.
Pick your primer
The anti-ager SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 £37.30 Dermalogica
The skin smoother 5 Sec Perfect Blur £12.99 Garnier
The pore minimiser Tea Flower Deep Clean Anti-Shine Pore Minimiser £12.99 Super Facialist by Una Brennan
The sun protector DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF50 £30 Estee Lauder