Primers. For many years I thought they were pointless, but I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong. One of the first ones I tried was the Hourglass Primer and I was completely shocked by how much better my makeup looked and lasted throughout the day. Probably not a good idea to start with one of the best, but it got me hooked. Since trying that one I’ve been trialling lots of different primers and these are my favourites.
Clinique Superprimer-Colour Corrects Redness
Redness problems? Me too. I tend to get a lot of redness around my nose and on my chin, so using a primer that’s specifically formulated to correct redness is a no-brainer. Besides helping to even the skin tone, it also smooths the skin and helps makeup glide on. Clinique also make primers for dullness, discolouration, and sallowness.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Definitely not the cheapest primer in the world, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for. I’ve somehow managed to get 3 tiny little samples of it (Sephora point perks etc.) and they’ve lasted a surprisingly long time! This one is so great because of the silky, smooth texture. It reduces oil on the skin, glides on like nothing else and reduces the appearance of pores (it really does!). It doesn’t feel heavy, but it somehow manages to make my skin look remarkably even.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
Looking for a summer primer? This one is more of a gel-like consistency and the tea tree factor makes my skin feel so fresh on really hot days. This feels different to most primers I’ve tried out, but I love the mattifying effects are undeniably good. My cheeks tend to get a bit dry, so I just focus this on the t-zone area.
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Primer
Onto the primer I use most often…the little red pot of magic! I’m thinking they should re-name it. Not only do I love the packaging (which is weird because I normally don’t like the jar thing), but the product itself has some seriously skin changing properties. This goes everywhere with me.
Benefit The Porefessional
A cult classic. I find this one to be slightly thicker than the others, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I prefer to use this one in the colder months though because it can be a bit much when it’s hot out. Like the rest of the primers it evens out the look of pores and gives your makeup something to cling onto!
I’d love to know what you think of primers in the comments below. Which one is your favourite?