The Must-Have Magical Make Up Step You're Probably Missing
Primer is a magical formula that can hide every skin flaw and if you don't love it, you're probably using the wrong one. Read on and discover the best primer to make your skin look flawless.
The purpose of primer is to create a smooth and even canvas on which to apply your make-up. If you're thinking about the hassle of adding another product to your already impossible morning routine, just imagine the time you'll save on re-applying make-up throughout the day - primer helps your make-up stay put for longer, so there's no need for touch-ups.
Primer also gives you the additional benefit of hiding visible pores, fine lines, dullness and redness, according to celebrity make-up artists. Want a flawless complexion? Embrace primer!
Don't love primer? Find The One. (We're not talking about Mr. Right here!) Here's how:
Problem: Constant breakouts and acne-prone skin.
Choosing the right primer: If your skin is acne-prone, it is probably oily with some unevenness. Primer can help you achieve a more flawless appearance. Stick with oil free primers that are enriched with healing properties, such as salicylic acid, vitamin E, green tea and tea tree oil.
Expert Tip: Avoid products that contain mineral oils or silicone as it gunks up your pores, trapping dirt, oil and bacteria inside.
Problem: My skin is dry. My make up streaks and blotches.
Choosing the right primer: For the best make up application on dry skin, you want a primer that hydrates your skin, leaving it supple and creating the perfect base for your foundation. Dry, flaky skin causing foundation to settle into the fine lines, leaving an uneven, dull look. A satin-finish primer will give your foundation a smooth application.
Problem: Extremely oily skin that shines, with make up melting off quickly.
Choosing the right primer: Choose a matte primer with silicone base, as it will seal off your pores, making them look smaller and resulting in a smooth appearance.
Problem: Red, blotchy skin.
Choosing the right primer: Find a primer in a tone that counteracts the red or pink blotches. For pink skin, find a yellow-toned primer, or if your skin is very red, look for a green-toned primer. Since you will need less make up, you will create a less mask-like appearance and look more like you.
Problem: Too little sleep and too many cocktails can leave your skin looking dull... but a good primer can help reverse the effects and give you a special glow.
Choosing the right primer: Give your skin a new lease on life with a warm primer with light-reflecting properties and stay away from any "matt" applications.
Problem: Speaking of dullness, what's one to do about the zombie-like paleness?
Choosing the right primer: Lavender- , pink or lilac-tinted primer can help to add a more healthy appearance to your skin, removing any yellow tones. It will brighten your skin, add luminosity and give you some color.
Problem: Mature, crepe-like skin with fine lines and wrinkles.
Choosing the right primer: It's usually easy to spot an anti-ageing primer, as it is clearly marked. However, you want to look for ingredients that treat the signs of ageing, including age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, such as vitamins A, C and E, grape seed oil, and caffeine.