It shocks me how many people skip this step... primer is a game changer. The benefits from using a good primer are too many to count! It's simple. PRIMERS do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure - they smooth, flatter, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately better.
Primers can help by reducing the look of large pores, filling in fine lines, and preventing foundation from looking cakey. They also even out your skin tone; add radiance and allow your makeup last much longer throughout the day!
You would no sooner go out without your bra, please use a primer. There is a perfect primers out there for everyone! Here are some that I love.
Best for Combination Skin and Large Pores
Proving that there is a primer for every person, here’s one perfect for camouflaging large pores and fine lines. Suitable for any skin type, this seems to provide the effect of having a soft focus lens over your skin. Slightly pigmented and very smooth, this primer does have a slight odor, but helps fill in large pores, keeping foundation from settling into them. This translucent balm won’t make pores disappear completely, but this will help in minimizing the appearance of them.
To Buy: Price: $29 (.75 oz) Sephora . Amazon .
Clinique Pore Minimizer instant Perfecter
Minimizing pores can be tricky. This primer can help solve that dilemma. This primer is soft and dries to a matte finish. Its lightweight formula is odorless and will disappear into your skin. As with most primers, a little goes a long way. This doesn’t seem to be as smooth as some of the other primers, however there is no odor. Clinique’s primer will best suit people with combination to oily skin and sells for $18.00 USD for .5 ounces.
To Buy: Bluemercury.com
Best for Masking Redness
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Anti-Redness Primer
Don’t be put off by the mint green color. It neutralizes pink tones and blends surprisingly well into any complexion.
To buy: $13 at drugstores and target.com.
Best for Mature Skin
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
The antioxidants grapeseed and green tea help minimize fine lines, while the velvety finish ensures that makeup glides on evenly and lasts all day.
To buy: $36, smashbox.com.
Best for Dry Skin
Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer
This creamy formula is lightweight but keeps skin well hydrated with aloe vera and glycerin.
To buy: $32, bluemercury.com
Best Matt Finish
MAC Mattifying Gel
Most gel consistency primers have a tendency to slide, but this is the exception to the rule. This gel absolutely stays put and therefore is great for people with oily and combination skin. It glides on smooth and dries to a smooth matte finish helping to reduce and control the amount of oil on the face. This remarkable serum transforms your skin into a perfect canvas for your foundation. MAC Mattifying Gel sells for $19.00 USD for .75 ounces. Best for: Any skin type looking for matte finish.
To Buy: MAC
How to Use Face Primers
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