23 February, 2016 Top Six: Primers For All Skin Types
Primers are an essential step in creating a flawless and long-wearing makeup look. Today, I’m sharing my six favourite primers for all skin types, that reduce redness, smooth over pores, lightly hydrate, and generally make skin look that little bit more perfected.
I always keep a bunch of primers in my beauty arsenal, as creating a smooth and poreless canvas is so essential for oily skinned gals like me. That being said, these primers cater to the vast majority of skin types, in that they help to suppress oil production, whilst also caring for drier areas and concealing texture, blemishes and rosacea. Collectively, they’re all fantastic for travel as they do a little of everything, and are absolute must-haves for a night on the town.
Keep scrolling to find out about my favourite primers for all skin types!
NYX Angel Veil Primer (£12)
I picked up this silky primer in January, during my Costa Rica and Miami travels. It was the perfect remedy to the mattifying bases I’d been used to, as it’s packed with smoothing silicones to create a supple and super-soft base. It’s oil-free, meaning it won’t exacerbate enlarged pores or create unsightly greasiness halfway through the day, but it’s nourishing enough to provide a comfortable amount of hydration that will suit all skin types.
Whilst I didn’t initially love this primer, it’s really grown on me. The mistake I made was to apply it all over, like I would with a moisturiser, when the best way to get the most out of it is to apply it in layered, light strokes to areas with texture, large pores, and excess oil. The formula is quite thick and creamy, and it creates a fantastic barrier for foundation to adhere to. It’s going to be a lifesaver for more mature skin types, along with anyone suffering from a greasy t-zone or blemish scarring.
For those looking for a primer-hydrator combo, this is the perfect option. The Priming Moisturiser from beauty innovator Glossier is one of the most versatile products I own; it can be used as a primer under makeup for a natural, dewy finish, or massaged into the skin after serums and treatments when you’re having a bad skin day. When I’m heading to a workout I’ll pop this on, and it’s great just after a shower if your skin is feeling slightly tight or uncomfortable. It contains hyaluronic acid (mega hydration), mushroom extract (to provide deep moisture), tea and honey (soothes and calms redness), and Vitamins A, C and E to fight off free radicals and protect against cell damage. For oily skin types, one drop is all you need, and for more dry-dehydrated complexions, two-three will work perfectly. For a more in-depth review, click here.
This is probably one of the best primers I have ever used – I rave about it all the time, and have a full review here if you fancy a nosy. It definitely fits into the ‘primers for all skin types’ category, because of how velvet-soft and smooth the texture is. It glides onto the skin, has a fluid texture that almost melts into fine lines, pores and scarring, and creates a beautiful demi-matte finish underneath makeup. Yes, it’s pricey, and yes, it’s a finicky glass bottle that is terrible for carrying with you, but for a flawless base with SPF that looks gorgeous under foundation, it can’t be beaten.
My cheapest option is an absolute beauty from one of my favourite highstreet brands: Soap and Glory. This primer claims to mattify and absorb oil, but from my experience, this would be a brilliant (and affordable) option if you need light hydration and all-day comfort, along with shine control. It immediately removes oil upon contact with the skin, and the whipped texture is a dream to apply. It’s slightly cooling, too, which I can imagine would feel lovely on sensitive complexions. It’s the perfect remedy for mid-day shine if you need to top up your concealer and powder and require a long-lasting base, and the pretty pink tube is kind of adorable.
The last primer on my list is a recent favourite from Make Up For Ever’s new Step 1 range of primers. The Smoothing Primer is arguably their most popular, and with good reason. The flesh-toned moussey cream blends easily into the skin, filling on pores and fine lines, and neutralising redness and discolouration simultaneously. It lasts for an incredibly long time, and is caring to dry areas that it doesn’t expose dehydrated patches of skin. I’ll be repurchasing this very soon!
What are your thoughts on my primers for all skin types picks? Which products would you add to the list, and which do you own yourself? Get sharing in the comments!