Friday 7 November 2014

Understanding...Foundation Primer

Makeup artists swear by it, beauty fanatics love it…so what is foundation primer?

Foundation primer, unlike some beauty products, is quite self explanatory – it primes the skin in preparation for further make up application. However, foundation primers have many other benefits that help make them so freakin’ popular.

A foundation primer can help to:
  • Ease the application of foundation
  • Even out skin tone
  • Increase the longevity of foundation
  • Create a protective barrier between foundation and skin
  • Keep foundation in place in hot conditions
  • Prevent foundation and face powder caking

Foundation primers are usually water-based or silicone-based and, like most skincare products, there are a variety of different foundation primers available that cater for all skin types. In all honesty, most primers work well with all skin types. However I would advise those with oily skin to beware of the generic gel primers, as these often contain high amounts of silicone that cause greasy skin to look greasier!

  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light (£25.00 Boots / $36.00 Sephora)
  2. Urban Decay de-slick in a tube (£18.00 Debenhams)
  3. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Hydrating (£29.00 / $33.00 Sephora)
  4. M.A.C PREP + PRIME SKIN (£21.00 / $30.00

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