A flawless base is the start of every great makeup look, and while a great skincare routine, foundation and concealer are a great combination, a primer is the icing on the cake .
A primer preps your skin for the perfect foundation application by filling in fine lines and smoothing pores, and it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day be creating a barrier between your moisturiser and foundation. Consider it the key to making your skin makeup-ready. Here are our tips on how to apply primer like a pro.
- Apply moisturiser let it dry for about 30 seconds
- Apply a pea size amount of primer Less is more — only use as much as you need; otherwise, it could end up looking oily.
- Use your fingers to apply and blend. Start in the middle of the t zone and blend outwards.
- Wait for the primer to dry before applying foundation — this only takes about 20 seconds.
- Use it when you want your makeup to really look flawless or if you have areas on your face with uneven texture.
I like using clear face primers, since my foundation does most of the work to even out my skin tone. There are also other primers out there with a tint, like green ones that counteract redness and apricot that counteracts any darker discolouration.
My choice when looking for a face primer, find one that is water-based with a small amount of silica in it. Silica helps fill in and smooth out lines and minimize pores. Silica is also a drying agent. With such a small amount of it in the primer, I don’t feel my skin to be dry at all after use. More importantly, my skin doesn’t feel or look oily!
Australian celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Perdis has coined the phrase “Not to prime is a crime” and I totally agree with him if you want a flawless looking makeup that lasts all day.
Here are 3 excellent choices for a primer:
- Benefit POREfessional is a Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals. Shop It Here
- The Body Shop Drops of Youth WonderBlur – This lightweight blur instantly smoothes skin texture, visibly reducing fine lines and pores for an even, flawless finish.With the inclusion of Edelweiss stem cell technology and organic Community Fair Trade babassu oil, Wonderblur™ works to give instantly youthful looking skin. Shop It Now
- ModelCo – Skin Perfect Pore minimiser. Both a pore minimising primer and fast acting mattifier, the soft, velvet cream instantly transforms into a hardworking oil-absorbing veil for your skin. Shop It Now