Prime time – which one should you be using?

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Not sure which formula is right for you? We’ve got an easy breakdown to follow

 

Lotion formula

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.

Angle Veil Skin Perfecting Face Primer from NYX Professional Makeup

Angle Veil Skin Perfecting Face Primer from NYX Professional Makeup

 

Cream formula

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.

Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer from Milani

Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer from Milani

 

Silicone based

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.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light from Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light from Smashbox

 

Silicone-free

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.

Hangover Replenishing Face Primer from Too Faced

Hangover Replenishing Face Primer from Too Faced

 

Colour correct

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.

 

 

One Step Colour Correct from Stila

One Step Colour Correct from Stila

Michelle Newman