There are so many primers on the market today and there are different primers created for each skin type and the choice can be overwhelming.

Here’s a few important tips to help you narrow down your choice!

The most important thing to remember when choosing a primer is knowing your skin type. Whether it’s normal, oily, dry or combination there is the right primer out there for you and more than often you wont have to spend big bucks on it.

Normal Skin: You guys are lucky! You can pretty much choose any primer you want; just decide on what finish you want the primer to do for your skin. This can be matte, dewy or extra luminous (sometimes I love looking like a disco ball).

Oily Skin: The most important thing with oily skin is not to use an oily primer because your skin already has so much oil being produced, so avoid the dewy or hydrating primers, otherwise your makeup will slide off your face and you’ll look like an oil slick. (I’ll tell you how to get that glow later on.) What is going to look best for your skin is a matte primer or any primer that is oil free, to control the amount of oil produced on your face throughout the day. A matte primer will make your makeup stay on for at least a good 8 hours of wear and without many touch up’s.

Dry/Very Dry Skin:  If you’ve got dry skin, what your skin is lacking is hydration, meaning very little oil is being produced on the skin. So what you need is a primer that can add hydration back into the skin levitra online purchase. Any hydrating, dewy or luminous primer will do just that. Avoid matte primers because they will only dry out your skin more and cling to those dry patches. For extra hydration you can also incorporate a skin mist into your routine. My favorite is MAC Charged Water Skin Hydration Mist, which is a dupe for the Smashbox Primer Water.

Combination Skin: With combination skin, your skin is either dry in some places and oily in others. An example is oily in your t-zone but dry on your cheeks. Some people can also be Normal/Dry or Normal/Oily. This is where you might have to buy two primers to control those dry or oily areas. Like using a mattifying primer on your t-zone or even a pore filler, such as the Beneift Pore-fessional and then following up with a hydrating primer on the rest of the face. My favorite is the MakeUp Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer. Whatever works, you do you girl!

Primers are mainly designed to make your makeup last all day. The main ingredient in a good primer that will help your makeup last all day is Glycerin. Any primer that has Glycerin in it which when applied to the skin will make it sticky or tacky and therefore any product you put on after it (foundation) will make it stick to the skin and last all day. Just simply read the ingredients on your primer to see if it has Glycerin in it but be careful not to mistake it with Glycol!

You could also use your moisturizer as a primer if it has Glycerin in it and you’re in a rush. For dry/very dry skin, use the Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, its second ingredient is Glycerin. For more oily to normal skin, a recent product that is being used in the makeup industry is the Nivea for Men Post Shave Balm in Sensitive. (Yes its aftershave!) Again, this products second ingredient is Glycerin. It does however smell like aftershave, but that smell goes away once you massage it into the skin until it becomes tacky. We can all thank Nikkie Tutorials (@nikkietutorials) for this amazing discovery!

I hope this helped you narrow down your choice for a primer and provided insight into what your skin is lacking to give you that perfect base to work with so the rest of your makeup to look fabulous! After all, the secret to flawless makeup is having a great canvas to work with.

Here is a list of my favourite primers that I use on clients and myself, ranging from high end to drug store.

Normal Skin

  • MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage
  • Nivea Men Post Shave Balm Sensitive
  • Benefit Pore-fessional
  • Laura Mercier Primers

Oily Skin

  • Nivea Men Post After Shave Balm Sensitive
  • MakeUp Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer (Mattifying and Smoothing)
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
  • Essence It’s all about matte primer
  • L’Oreal Mattifying Base Primer
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer
  • Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
  • Smashbox Photofinish Primer
  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless
  • Bare Minerals Prime Time Oil Control

Dry/Very Dry Skin

  • MakeUp Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer (Hydrating and Nourishing)
  • Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion for Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Le Blanc Chanel
  • Too Faced HangoveRx
  • L’Oreal Lumi Magique
  • Laura Mercier Radiance or Hydrating Primer
  • MAC Strobe Cream or Lotion
  • MAC Charged Water
  • Smashbox Primer Water
  • MAC Prep and Prime Radiance Primer (Yellow or Pink)
  • Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer
  • Stila One Step Correct
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist (used by Kim Kardashian's MUA)

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