What is primer any­way?

It’s your foun­da­tion’s new BFF for the skin you’ve al­ways wanted.

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What’s the deal? “A primer is a prod­uct that you use af­ter mois­tur­is­ing, but be­fore your foun­da­tion – an un­der coat to ‘prime your skin’ for makeup,” says M· A · C se­nior artist Do­minic Skin­ner. “It sorts out any nig­gles, such as shine, large pores or dis­coloura­tion, so that your foun­da­tion doesn’t have to. That means you can ap­ply less foun­da­tion, it lasts longer and you get a cleaner, fresher ap­pear­ance to your skin.”

Ja­nine Bird, na­tional makeup coach for Smash­box, adds, “Think of it like silk lin­gerie for your makeup. We all know that slinky dresses look bet­ter with the right un­der­wear un­der­neath. The best primers do the same for your foun­da­tion ap­pli­ca­tion,” she ex­plains.

How does it work?

“The ma­jor­ity of primers con­tain sil­i­cone, which can blur and smooth the look of your skin while cre­at­ing the per­fect sur­face for foun­da­tion to ad­here to,” ex­plains Ja­nine. Other in­gre­di­ents are then added to work on the is­sues spe­cific to each skin type that can cause your makeup to slip or break down, such as shine, de­hy­dra­tion, en­larged pores, fine lines, dull­ness and un­even skin tone.

What are the key in­gre­di­ents to look for? If you have oily skin and ex­pe­ri­ence an an­noy­ing sheen by lunchtime, sil­ica is your saviour. Mica is a min­eral that of­fers iri­des­cence and glow to dull skin, while hyaluronic acid helps to plump up and mois­turise dry skin.

How to pick a primer

“Wear your foun­da­tion for a day, and note what you see by the evening,” says Do­minic. “Is it look­ing dry, oily or patchy? Does it last well? It’ll give you an idea of your primer needs.” Choos­ing the right primer should now be a breeze.

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