The way we do makeup now has evolved from the past. After your moisturiser, the first step used to be foundation. But now, it’s a primer, and there’s a reason for it.
Primers prep the skin to ensure smooth application of the following steps like foundation, eye liner, and blush. These products will also adhere and last better compared to without a primer.
How do I choose a primer?
When it comes to selecting a primer, there isn’t a fixed criteria because everyone’s skin is different and so are the ingredients used to make the primer. Like skincare, it really boils down to what your skin needs and what you prefer.
For example, a mattifying primer or one that controls sebum would be great for oily skin so that your face won’t look as greasy throughout the day. Dry skin? A hydrating or soothing primer would suit you best. If you’re a sensitive skin user, opt for primers that have less harmful ingredients such as parabens and certain oils.
Thankfully, there’s Sephora, which is blessed with a plethora of cult-favourite primers and skin-friendly options as well, such as these:
The HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer is one the best out there due to its various functions and ingredient list. Not only does it smoothen the skin and fill pores, but it also colour-correct and protects the skin from sun damage. This product is suitable for almost anyone as it is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraban-free, sulphate-free, and gluten-free.
This MAC Cosmetics lip primer preps the lips for a flawless lipstick application. It adds light moisture to smoothen and refine the lips so that lipstick can glide on beautifully and look amazing. Hydrating and long-wearing, the lip primer is also colour-free and is suitable for all ages.
The skin underneath the eyes are very thin and delicate so extra care is essential. Before makeup, use the Smashbox under eye primer to moisturise the eye area and reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness. This way, the skin texture is smoothen with your makeup being able to stay on the skin for much longer.
Able to assist in delivering a flawless eye makeup look, this Urban Decay eyeshadow primer keeps your eyeshadow on for the longest time. Your eye-popping makeup will be all thanks to this primer as it ensures smoothness and vibrancy of colour. It will leave your eyelids crease-free for 24 hours.
Lacking in eyelash volume? Get the TARTE Opening Act Last Primer. It is made with powerful lash volumising and conditioning agents that preps, prime, lengthen, volumise, separate, and curl lashes for a luscious look. The 360o magniLASH brush fits eyelashes just right, helping to achieve smoother application.
If you have oily skin, you would most probably be better off with a matte finish on your skin for long-lastingness. That is what this TOO FACED perfecting primer does. Filled with antioxidants, it is oil-free and paraban-free, which does not induce oil production when applied, keeping the skin smooth and matte.
Dry skin can look dull. What it needs is hydration, which is what the TOO FACED Hangover Primer does to the skin. Infused with coconut, your skin will be brightened and your pores will get a boost of hydration. With your skin moisture replenished, your imperfections will cease to exist.
Want your face to be shine-free and always looking gorgeous? The FENTY Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer will do it for you. This oil-free primer mattifies the skin in the lightest way and will not feel drying. It creates a blurring effect, blends well onto the skin, and lasts all day.
Everyone has pores, and many of us face the problem of having enlarged ones. What can help create an illusion of flawless skin is a primer that focuses on minimising the look of pores. Containing hyaluronic acid, this Benefit Cosmetics’ primer hydrates the pores which helps the pores to look smaller and the skin smoother.
From the name of the primer itself, you know that it’s meant to perform even for the camera. Making sure to minimise fine lines and smoothen the skin, this primer is packed with vitamins A and E which protects the skin from everyday environmental pollutants, sun damage, and stress. Translucent, lightweight, and oil-free, you won’t even notice it on your skin.
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