I can’t believe there was a time I never used a face primer. It has become such a part of my every day make-up routine and the benefits are really something. They help your foundation go on smoother, have lasting power for your make-up and for me really help with my dry skin areas and some even have skin benefits from using them. So I wanted to share with you my top three that I have been using. Now before I start I must tell you about my skin, it is most likely combination but really dry on the forehead and can be prone to the odd breakout, as these might not be the right primers for you, but for me they work really well.
1. Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer
I only purchased this just over a week ago and it’s already my favourite primer. I had seen such good reviews of this product and one even said if you are thinking of purchasing this, stop thinking and buy it, so I did and I have not been disappointed at all. This primer is great for dry skin as it is a rehydrating gel formula, it doesn’t actually promise any long-term skin benefits but short-term it’s perfect for a smooth and hydrated skin base to apply your foundation on top of. I have never seen my make-up look so polished and immaculate as I have from using this.
Sometimes you get that sort of flaky dryness later in the day with foundation, but not with this. It really is a wonder product. The gel comes in a pot with a little spatula and you just mix it round then apply with fingers. It them goes back to its original form, it’s so bizarre but amazing. Plus a little like all Illamasqua products goes a long way. I am so super glad I have this primer, I can’t speak highly of it enough! Hydra Veil is £30 and available at Illamasqua.
2. Garnier Perfect Blur Primer
This is also another recent purchase I am super impressed with. It’s different from the Illamasqua in that this one states to smooth out the skin so think wrinkles, imperfections, open pores and shine. It also claims immediately younger looking skin, sounds like a magic potion to me! Now it’s not going to give you photoshopped skin but this really does benefit. I used this after applying my moisturiser and before foundation, I used it on the area around my nose and on my forehead and could visibly see the difference on my pores they looked much smoother/blurred.
It also has a lovely feel on the skin, really soft and smooth and is so lightweight not thick or creamy. The primer is highly concentrated with light reflectors so that is diffuses light in all directions to make skin appear reduced of wrinkles, fine lines and uneven tone. I noticed a slight difference with the lines on my forehead which is fab! Garnier Blur is £9.99 and available at Chemist Direct.
3. Bare Minerals Prime Time Original
I started off using the Bare Minerals Neautralizing Primer, its yellow base in colour was great for taking away any red patches but then I discovered the Original Primer and fell in love. This primer is so clear in colour and so super smooth, it will make you skin feel amazing and is such a great make-up base.
My make-up really stays on with this primer and again it’s a good one for dry skin. Bare Minerals have an oil control one and also a skin brightening one, so depending on your needs I’d definitely give them a try. I have been using this for a long time and again it has lasted. Prime Time Original is £21 from Bare Minerals.
Have you got a favourite primer you use?
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