MAKEUP TIPS | The ABCs of primer

Updated: Oct 24, 2019


Primer : that all important first step to creating a lasting professional base. As a makeup artist I can’t stress enough the importance of priming. Primers are a crucial step at keeping oil at bay, filling in fine lines and providing a smooth canvas for your foundation to stick to.


Other than the fact that it gives your makeup super powers of longevity and stops it from sliding off your face, did you know that a primer is also rather excellent at keeping those pores under control? It forms a kind of protective barrier between your dermis and foundation, and in doing so it won’t let foundation ‘settle’ into pores.


The result? Less visible pores. Win! This is particularly good if you have clogged or enlarged pores. It’s also a champion at smoothing over fine wrinkles and lumps and bumps. Converted yet?


Primer comes in many different varieties and there is likely to be a primer out there to suit your most wildest of purposes. Consistency-wise, there are the heavier-duty silicone based primers that glide on like a velvet glove (which are great if you don’t mind using silicone on your skin- I do). There are also lighter primers without silicone in a range of creams, gels and lotions.


There are also different hues available to address specific skin concerns. Green-colored primers will combat redness from rosacea or acne. Mauve/light purple counteracts sallow undertones while pink helps brighten complexions.


You can also choose a primer that is suited for your specific skin type also- be it oily, dry or combination.


At the mo, I am particularly enamoured with the Korres Quercitin and Oak Anti-Ageing Primer. It’s an awesome ultra-smoothing lotion that feels really light and fresh on the skin. The real winner for me is that its free of parabens/ sulfates/ synthetic fragrances/ petro-Chemicals/ phthalates/ GMOs and triclosan! Probably the best I have tried personally for a while.


I’ve been using a sample sized one and it’s lasted me about two months (I just used the last drop today- boo). While I can’t tote its anti-ageing benefits (I’m not a huge fan of that label) I mainly use it for its pore-reducing effects.  I can vouch for the fact that my skin has looked a lot smoother and more refreshed and less like the surface of the moon since I’ve been using it!


So there you go. Celeb glamour makeup denizen Napoleon Perdis has made a mantra of ‘not to prime is a crime.’


“It’s been my career-long mantra as it helps finesse your foundation, helping your skin to stay flawless for longer,” says Perdis.


Remember that and make one part of your daily routine.

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