Picking a Primer Specific for You

Picking a primer specific for you
If you know me at all you will know I love to experiment with make up, specifically base products, I am always picking up new primers, foundations and such, I just love to try different formulas, brands, price ranges and ingredients and see which ones suit my skin the best. If I am given a primer or foundation as a sample by a PR or shop the happiness I feel is slightly worrying, for real. So why not use my love to help you guys pick the perfect primer. Picking a primer can be daunting because every makeup brand seems to have one, what's silicon doing in a makeup product? What does pore minimising mean? It's all too much!

You don't know what a primer is? Either you're a makeup newbie or you've been living under a rock for the past few years. They were all people spoke about for a good six months and are a staple in any makeup wearer's makeup bag. Primer preps your skin for foundation therefore you apply it before foundation, duh! All different primers have different reasons, but overall they fill in pores, scars and blemishes to give you an even complexion and more often than not help your makeup stay on longer. Some primers can be specific to minimising pores, colour correcting the skin or mattifying your base products, but not all.

There are specific primers for different skin types and skin problems. 
  • Dull skin? Pink toned primers, or purple for those of a darker skintone can help,
  • Red patches of skin? Try a green tinted primer,
  • Dry skin? Stay clear of mattifying primers and instead go for a hydrating primer, 
  • Oily skin? Steer clear of hydrating primers and they will result in even more excess oil and opt for a mattifying or oil-free primers instead,
  • Got large pores? Hide them with a pore minimising primer,
  • Got acne? Try a primer with anti-acne treatment built in (I've heard great things about Smashbox Salicylic acid primer),
  • Sensitive skin? Opt for a silicone free primer. 
  • (If I have missed your skin type I am sorry, but I am not an expert, this is going by what I know, feel free to leave a comment and I will investigate for you).
Picking a primer specific for you

There are pros and cons of using a silicone based primer. Silicone tends to sit on top of skin to give an even base and because of its thick consistency it tends to lock in whatever is underneath, may it be moisturiser that's great and prevents drying, but if you have any dirt or any of last night's makeup under there chances are it will result in a spot and gross skin. 

From experience silicone-free primers don't seem to hold product onto my skin as well as products with silicone and I more often than not have to then reapply makeup throughout the day, but on the odd day where I haven't double cleansed before my moisturiser I have woken the following day to a massive, under the skin, red spot on my chin. It is a completely personal choice over whether you use silicone, unless you're allergic of course. 

You can usually find silicone on the ingredient list as dimethicone or methicone and I have read that really any ingredient ending in 'cone' is most likely silicone, although I can't confirm that for you. 

On days where I can gone primer free my makeup has literally melted right off especially in my oily t-zone area and chin. So if you're wanting to lock your makeup in place I'd say it's really quite important. It also gives a layer between your skin and your makeup which can become a protective layer and prevent your makeup from giving you spots and blemishes. Of course it also gives an even base and your makeup sits much more evenly on the skin. Again, it is a personal choice, but the pros do outweigh the cons for me. 

There are different formulations of primers, most come in gels form, but there have been a few sprays make appearance lately. Just be careful if you are looking at spray primers that it is in fact a primer and not a setting spray. These items are completely different, a primer is before makeup while a setting spray is after makeup. I am yet to try a spray primer, but after reading reviews of some I am eager to get my hands on a few, they seem to do exactly the same job as a gel primer, but take up more room and are much quicker and easier to use. 

Picking a primer specific for you

It is important that your primer dries or it will become very thick and not work how it is supposed to. I like to put my primer on and then pin my hair back and give my hair a brush while I wait on it drying. Some people say up to 10 minutes, but I wait are 3-5 before I start on my make up and most of the primers I have tried work perfectly. 

You can use a brush or sponge if you wish, but I prefer to use my fingers, making sure they are clean I rub the product between them to heat it up a little and then apply it to my face. It is a personal choice though.


Which primer do you love? Do you think primers are specific to skin types? 

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