We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – priming before you apply make-up is crucial to a flawless application. If you’re not familiar with it, primer probably seems like an extra (maybe unnecessary?) step. But if you use it, you’ll know why make-up artists are obsessed.
Now, not just a make-up base, primers have the ability to temporarily ‘fill in’ fine lines, minimise enlarged pores and combat signs of fatigue, redness and dry skin, making them essential in your beauty regimen. “Many primers are formulated with silicone-based polymers because of their ultra-smoothing effects,” says Bobbi Brown cosmetics training manager Olivia Wild. “The key is to use the correct primer for your skin type.”
If your skin is – and there’s no pretty word for it – dull, Wild recommends a peach or yellow-based primer. “These two colours are your best friends to neutralise dark circles under the eye.” Lilac tones neutralise yellow and are best for correcting sallow complexions, she adds, while green tones are wonderful for neutralising redness – especially if you have rosacea. TRY: 1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF20 with Dermaxyl Complex, $78. 2. Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Correcting Foundation Primer in Adjust, $76. 3. Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer, $37. 4. La Mer Perfecting Treatment, $360. 5. Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer, $57. 6. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Face Base SPF25, $75.