Face primer is something everyone can benefit from and now day’s primers come in all different formulas. Primers can also target concerns so you’re bound to find the perfect one for you! The primer used on your face acts like a protective layer between your skin and your makeup so, it allows your makeup to last longer, and will impact the finish of your makeup application. Filling that missing hole in your makeup routine can make all the difference and allow you to have more use out of your foundation in the long run.

Here are some of my tips and tricks for ways you can make sure you’re picking out the right face primer for you! (P.S I’ve added some recommendations of my favourite primers for each skin type!)

Step One: Cleanse, treat, hydrate, and protect your skin! Remember that a primer should never replace skincare but it’s a step to enhance your makeup application.

Step Two: Determine your concern Select a primer based on what you want it to do for you (e.g. I have combination/oily skin so I gravitate towards a primer that will help reduce the appearance of a ‘greasy’ shine)   Primer Guidelines for Every Skin Type By determining whether you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin, it becomes easier for you to select a primer. Normal If you have normal skin THEN I’m super jealous of you! You have the luxury of using whatever primer you want. If you love a luminous glow, you can use a primer with radiance however I highly recommend using a protective primer with a UV protectant to protect your skin throughout the day. Try

  • Laura Mercier’s Primer in Protect
  • Laura Mercier’s Primer in Radiance or Bronzed Radiance

Dry  Followed by a moisturizer, using a hydrating primer will not only hydrate the skin, yet create a smooth canvas for your foundation application to simply glide onto the skin. Try

  • Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Primer
  • Smashbox Hydrating Primer

Oily  If you feel like you’re super oily to the point that everything just melts off, it’s best if you go with a mattifying primer.  A mattifying primer will reduce the look of shine and help your makeup stay put! Try

  • Becca’s Mattifying Primer
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Combination  If you’re normal or dry on the cheeks, yet oily down the t zone, a primer that helps reduce the look of shine down the t-zone area and reduce the look of pores. Try

  • Benefit’s Porefessional Primer (pair this with their Agent Zero Shine powder… works wonders!

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