Artists prime their canvas before painting to prevent the oils from seeping through – that is exactly what a primer does for your face. Makeup artists have been using primers for years on models and actors to help create a smooth surface before applying makeup.
I’ve been using a primer since before I even knew what a primer really was. Before all the hype and before every single makeup company decided to jump on the bandwagon and create their own. My very first one was 1) Clarins Lisse Minute – Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Makeup Base – approx. 35.00.
I was game to try anything from the luxurious French skincare company since my mom used the line. I liked the oil free, silky smooth texture that glided on and seemed to hide pores and imperfections. Best of all it completely toned down shine in the T-zone which is what sold me on it in the first place. Makeup applied very easily over top. It became a skincare staple.
THEN the others came into play. I sampled a lot of them at different price points – many are capable but the ones below along with Clarins are my TOP “Hall of Fame” choices:
I loved it – felt like cashmere. The only problem is that if you already use their tinted mineral sunscreen for face with SPF 50 (which I do) they tend to cancel each other out. For winter I might re-consider when switching to a lower SPF day cream.
Description: For the 1st time, ANTHELIOS 50 combines broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with Cell-OX Shield™ antioxidant technology in a primer that is clinically proven to instantly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, dark spots, and redness. Suitable for all skin types.
Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen & a transformative light-weight texture has won the following Awards:
- 2012 Elle Beauty Genius Award
- 2012 Redbook MVP Beauty Award: Best Primer
For the price this stuff is excellent! Reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and imperfections, while enhancing skin’s radiance. A subtle pink tint adds a youthful glow. Apply all over face, after moisturizer and before foundation. Suitable for all skin tones and types.
4) On the higher end I love Micabeauty Cosmetics 100% Mineral Makeup Perfecting Primer.
This gel formula is beautiful but pricey. MicaBeauty’s light-weight Perfecting Makeup Primer with its gel like finish enhances skin texture and primes it for makeup application. The Perfecting Makeup Primer glides on easily creating a protective layer on your skin, allowing foundation to go on easily and last longer. Our velvety formula creates a perfect canvas for foundation and blush application, keeping makeup in place and looking fresh all day long. Price – $129.95. Take 20% off with mention of this blog. Link: http://www.intrigueimports.com/product_info.php?products_id=311
Do you use a Primer – if so, which one?