Prime time – which one should you be using?
Not sure which formula is right for you? We’ve got an easy breakdown to follow
Lotion primers tend to be much more lightweight on the skin, making them a good choice for people with combination or oily skin. Lotion primers are generally hydrating and soak into, rather than sit on the skin, like other formulas tend to do.
A cream formula primer will usually be heavy in texture, compared to a lotion and will have a thicker consistency than a silicone based version. Cream primers are generally very moisturising, making them perfect for mature or dry skin as they will hydrate but also prime the skin for make-up. A pea-sized amount is a good starting point and use more if needed.
A silicone-based primer will have a very different consistency compared to say a cream or lotion. As these primers contain silicone they will give the appearance of a smoother finish and often feel like velvet on the skin. Silicone based primers tend to give a matte effect, so they are great for oily skin types and will help to keep your foundation in place for hours.
As mentioned, a silicone primer will give the appearance of a smoother skin texture. However, some believe that using a silicone based primer - it is a synthetic ingredient after all – is not good for the skin. A silicone-free primer is similar to a good moisturiser as it will hydrate the skin and prep it for foundation, but will allow your skin to breath a bit more.
What a colour correcting primer will do is, essentially, neutralise all of the colours in your skin. For example if you suffer from redness around the nose or chin area or if you have dark circles under your eyes. When choosing a colour correcting primer, look at the colour wheel and pick the opposite shade to what your problem area is; green calms the appearance of redness in the skin and a peach colour corrector is generally used under the eyes.