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Let’s face it, your face is a canvas for makeup application and a primer simply helps prep your canvas so that your makeup applies more smoothly and lasts much longer.

There’s literally a ton of different primers out there and they are all meant to smooth out the surface of your skin and fill in the pores, lines, cracks and wrinkles – which creates a smoother surface for makeup application. Primers also create a barrier which keeps the skin’s natural oils (sebum) from breaking down your foundation.

No need to stress though, although the primer creates a barrier, it is a breathable barrier where the air can still get through and your skin will not suffocate when you use a primer. However, it still keeps your skin separate from your makeup as well as prevents your foundation from oxidizing (when your foundation turns a few shades darker once applied to your face as it mixes with your sebum). Just remember, as long as you remove your makeup every night and cleans thoroughly, the primer will not clog your pores or cause breakouts.

Keen on using a primer? These are some of the benefits…

  • It brightens the skin and adds dewiness to your face
  • The tinted primers provide some coverage for those who are not big fans of foundation and layers
  • Primers contain ingredients which soothe, refreshes and hydrates the skin
  • Some primers provide colour correcting benefits for the skin, leaving skin looking naturally even

Some of my personal favourite primers…

  • Benefit Porefessional Primer: This is one my current favourite face primers. It is a tinted primer that is beige in colour but once applied you can hardly see it. This primer is oil-free, lightweight and silky smooth. It reduces the size of pores literally in just minutes and leaves your skin looking much smoother with a matte finish.
  • Flormar Illuminating Primer: I really really do like this primer. It is infused with green tea to soothe and nourish the skin. It is a white primer base but smoothes into the skin so nicely without any greasiness. The great thing about this primer is that I have noticed an amazing difference in my skin. My skin appears to have a natural glow since using this primer, which is amazing! This primer also has a nice smell to it which is an added bonus.
  • Palladio herbal foundation primer: This is a very good, cheaper alternative. The texture is very similar to the Benefit Porefessional but it is clear in colour. It works just as good as other primers, leaving skin feeling smooth and prolonging the foundation throughout the day. This one however does not reduce the size/appearance of pores but is still a good primer.

I hope you found today’s post useful and that you are a bit more confident to try some primers out.

Till next time,


Kelly D

(feel free to follow me on Instagram @theekellydee or like my Facebook page Kelly D Professional Makeup Artistry for tips, inspiration and latest work)

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