02 August, 2016 Smoothing Primers: Five Favourites
I’ve always loved primers, and I find that smoothing primers in particular are the ones I reach for when out shopping for makeup. Smoothing primers help to create the perfect barrier between my oily skin and the makeup I’ll be applying on top, and when it comes to disguising textured areas, enlarged pores and unsightly hormonal breakouts, there really is nothing better.
First up in my list of five favourite smoothing primers, is The Body Shop’s Instaglow CC Cream SPF20 PA+++* (£14). This slim little tube houses a gorgeous, peachy-toned cream that dries almost instantly. It helps to neutralise sallow and dull tones, reduce pore size and create a great base for under my foundation and concealer. I also like to use this as an extra step before a more mattifying primer, as it gives it some slip. If I’m going out all day and need something quick and easy to slap on, this is a great option.
Next up is my holy grail primer: the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer (£24). This is the primer I always take on holiday, wear before a big event, and just generally have to hand when I need something reliable and makeup-extending. It creates a sheer canvas over the skin that fills in pores, conceals spots and blackheads incredibly well, and it has a silicon texture which glides over the complexion beautifully. I also have a mini version of this which is great for keeping at work, but as it’s pricey I’d recommend buying the full size and using it sparingly – one rice grain-size amount is usually enough for a full face worth’s application.
A primer that I have a love/hate relationship with is the Smashbox Pore Minimising Photo Finish Primer (£28). This is so popular on Youtube and I definitely bought into the hype, but I’ve only recently found a way to make this work for me. If you’re in a rush or can’t wait 10 minutes after moisturising or another 10 before applying foundation, I’d say go for any of the others on this list.
If you have the time and patience to apply a small amount, blend VERY lightly in one smooth motion (no back and forth rubbing here please), then I’d say consider it. It does a nice job of blurring imperfections – something I definitely need at the moment – and the ‘pore minimising’ action is pretty great. I just wish it was easier to apply! I’d also suggest only using liquid foundation in conjunction with this. Powder alone does not adhere all to well to this primer.
A more affordable smoothing primer option is the No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer (£16.50). I’ve been reaching for this non-stop in the mornings, as it absorbs oil and smooths over imperfections quickly and easily. The texture is a light silicon and it doesn’t pill up if you rub it in. I think this is probably the best ‘affordable’ primer on the market if you want the effects of the MUFE or Smashbox primers, with the added benefits of oil control. Would highly recommend this!
My last recommendation is the Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer ($31). This clear, thick primer creates a solid base between moisturised skin and foundation, and it’s less liquid consistency means that once it’s on, it’s on. It’s not the best option for dry skin as it can cling to flaky patches, but on my oily-combination skin, it’s a great match. It also claims to keep your makeup waterproof, and can be applied on top of powder and liquid products – which is pretty cool.
Do you love any of my favourite smoothing primers? What else have you tried that you’d recommend? Let me know!
Have a great week!