Primer is something I have only started using in the last couple of years and when people ask if they should use it I always say it depends on your skin. I don’t mean the type of skin you have (e.g. oily or dry) but literally how your skin reacts and how your make up looks with and without using primer.
How primer can help
- It evens out your skin tone.
- Fills in the bumps and gaps in your skin.
- Allows your make up to apply more smoothly and evenly.
- Helps your make up last longer throughout the day and avoids it coming off.
- Reduces your pores getting clogged up.
Using a primer has really changed the way my make up looks and applies on my skin. I find my make up goes on much more smoothly and lasts a lot longer throughout the day.
What to avoid when using a primer
There are so many different primers and they all work for different skin types. Try to avoid using a very thick primer as it can feel heavy on the skin and can further clog up your pores.
If you have dry skin I would avoid using a sticky primer as it does further dry out your skin and can cause spots. If you have oily skin I would recommend using a primer specifically for oily skin as it helps to even out your skin and avoids you going oily throughout the day.
My Favourite Primers
My all time favourite primer to use is the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. They have a few different primers in the range to suit all skin types. If you would like to hear more about what I thought of it check out my blog post here.
As a cheaper alternative I also like the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, which I have also written a blog post on here if you would like to know more.
Overall, I would recommend trying a few primers as they are all different and work differently for every individual. As a whole using a primer has really improved the way my make up looks, applies and lasts; but this is not the same for everyone and it is ultimately about trying out what works best for you.