Primer is that step in your makeup routine that I think people who aren't beauty obsessives are just now cottoning on to. I've tried many, many formulas that will work for different skin types, so today I'm talking you through my favourites and who I think they'll be perfect for. Hopefully this will help demystify what I now consider to be an un-skippable product!
Touch in Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Base | £19.50 | This is a gorgeous dewy primer to make the skin look fresh, radiant and healthy. It's hydrating, smoothing and just leaves my skin looking gorgeous whenever I use it! It isn't really going to smooth or increase longevity, it's almost more of a skincare product to boost the look of your makeup. It's definitely a slightly messy applicator but I can look past that because the product is fantastic.
Too Faced Hangover Primer | £27 | I'm actually nearly out of this but will definitely be repurchasing it once I finish up a few of the primers I already have open! It's a lightweight cream product made with coconut water that hydrates without being at all greasy. It gets rid of any dry patches and makes sure your makeup applies smoothly on top of it. Though I wouldn't say it's specifically a product to lengthen the wear-time of your makeup, it does stop my base going patchy during the day.
Hylamide Matte 12* | £23 | I really need to repurchase this one for summer, because I've used it so much during the warmer months. It's not at all drying and has an unusual, almost gel-like formula. It does a pretty good job of smoothing the surface of the skin but what I really love it for is keeping my skin shine-free for hours and helping my makeup last, even in the heat.
Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15 | This has been my 'every single day' primer over the past couple of months - as you can see: I'm getting through it! I'm so glad I've found a pretty affordable product that genuinely does reduce the appearance of my pores and smooths the surface of my skin to stop foundation settling into fine lines. This gives a satin finish and definitely helps my makeup last longer.
The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer | £5.50 | This is a total bargain, though be warned: you'll get through it pretty quickly - I'm already on my second bottle! It's essentially serum-like formula that's fairly hydrating, gives a semi-satin, silky base for foundation and is really nice and smoothing. It helps my makeup last and improves the look of my pores and fine lines.
Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer* | £11 | This is an old favourite of mine! Despite the name, it isn't super-mattifying, it's actually a reasonably hydrating cream formula that gives a satin finish and does a fairly good job of keeping the shine away. It's not super-smoothing but what I do love it for is extending the wear-time of my foundation. When I know it's going to be a long day (or night): this is what I reach for.
MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite | £25 | swatch | MAC Strobe Cream is a cult product but until relatively recently I'd never tried it due to its the pinky tone. However they've since released more shades, including this oyster gold tone. The cream itself is lightweight and hydrating, giving the skin some glow without being greasy. Then it has that gorgeous yellow-gold shift to it, which adds a subtle radiance when applied under makeup.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32 | This product is pretty much universally loved in the beauty world and I can totally see why; the name is perfect because it really does give this subtle background glow. It's great paired with a matte foundation because you get the coverage and longevity without sacrificing your skin's radiance and hydration. It has a pretty, pearlescent formula that doesn't look shiny or shimmery in the slightest but gives a beautiful sheen.
Glossier Priming Moisturiser | £18 | Personally, I prefer this version of this product, though for drier skin types there's also a Rich edition. It's a lightweight, whipped, hydrating primer and moisturiser all in one step. What I like about it is that it doesn't leave any excess on the surface of my skin and provides the perfect level of hydration for my combination skin. It also has this slightly adhesive quality that's not that common with priming moisturisers but helps makeup go on smoothly and last that bit longer.
Pixi Rose Flash Balm* | £26 | This is that rare, slightly more mattifying priming moisturiser. It's still nice and hydrating (as it contains rose) but the oil-free formula means it dries to a semi-matte finish. It gives a lovely fresh look to the skin whilst also keeping the shine at bay, making it perfect for my combination skin.
First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturiser | £20.50 | I never really hear people talk about this product but I absolutely love it! If you want hydration and radiance without the need to moisturise and then prime: check this out. It's a lovely smoothing and nourishing primer-moisturiser that gives my skin a subtle glow and smells amazing!
REN Perfect Canvas* | £50 | This is definitely a pricey option but it's an incredible all-rounder that makes my skin (and therefore my makeup) look better in just about every way. It's replenishing, hydrating and smoothing (helping to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines) whilst giving a semi-matte finish. It's kind of a 'good skin' serum and a primer all rolled into one and my makeup goes on so nicely over it, as well as looking fresh hours later.
What's your favourite primer for your skin concerns?