Friday, 13 February 2015

Why Should I Use A Primer?

A vital part of makeup application that is often forgotten or ignored by some is using a primer. Often times this is purely because people may not realise how important it is and what a difference it can make to the finished result of your makeup.


SEALS PORES - If you have quite large wide open pores across your nose and cheeks (like me) then you will hugely benefit from a primer. The primer will fill in your pores and allow your foundation to sit flawlessly on top. NYX do a really fab pore filler one and I am LOVING No7 Airbrush Away at the mo.

SMOOTHENS/SOFTENS THE SKIN - A primer will give an overall smoother and healthier appearance to your skin. I love ones that have a gel, silicone or creamy consistency that feel like silk on my skin. Believe me, this will make an instant improvement to how your foundation looks.

NON-COMEDOGENIC - MOST primers are non-comedogemic which means they won't cause your skin to break out or become irritated so even the most sensitive of skins or acne prone skin can benefit from using a primer.

ANTI-AGING - There is currently a lot of primers on the market that specifically target anti aging and/or the early signs of aging. Like with the pores, a gel or silicone based primer will fill in the fine lines and mild wrinkles. This will instantly give your finished makeup look a youthful appearance.

INCREASES LONGEVITY OF MAKEUP - This is perhaps the most obvious reason and is why most of us used or purchased a primer. A primer will act as a barrier against dust, water, debris and prevent your makeup from wearing off.


REDUCES REDNESS - I often get a small amount of redness on my cheeks and at my nose. I use a green concealer everyday to combat this but if you suffer with a general all over redness then you can get a primer specifically for this. Catrice Cosmetics do a beautiful one.

ALL SKIN TYPES - Primers suit all skin types and all skin tones. They are usually transparent so it is easy to select one. You don't need to go colour matching like with a foundation.

My top three primers at the moment are Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer, No7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer and MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream. Technically MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream isn't advertised as a primer BUT it works amazingly well as one and has the most beautiful glow. There is currently a lot of hype over a Boots Botanicals Radiance Balm being a great dupe for it so I hope to try that soon.

I hope you guys found this blog post informative and helpful. It is one I have been jotting notes down for, for a while now. Let me know if you have any questions at any of my social media handles (links below) or you can email




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