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Getting married? Have a major event where you need your makeup to look flawless AND have your foundation last? Then use a Primer! If you’re getting married, your makeup needs to look as flawless for your evening celebrations as it does for your arrival to the wedding ceremony and your photographs. But, foundation isn’t what makes your makeup look even and last, a good foundation primer is.
So what is a primer and why use it?
There are a number of cosmetic primers (eyes, lips, foundation, mascara) available on the market, all with the purpose of prepping the area before applying in makeup. By using a foundation primer first, after your moisturiser has sunk in but before you apply your foundation, the skin will be smoother to start with meaning that your foundation will sit much more evenly and smoothly on your skin, and the longevity of your foundation increases. In respect of foundation primers, they work like a moisturiser under foundation, decreasing the look of fine lines, blemishes and pigmentation. Some give a more matte appearance, reducing shine, some contain light reflecting particles to make the skin more radiant and some are tinted to improve skin tone. They ease the application of foundation and are meant to create a barrier between foundation and skin. Whatever, your preference a good primer provides a good base giving a great flawless complexion and helping your makeup last.
I reviewed five on the market (previously printed in Just Weddings Magazine, September 2013) and there’s some more detail about each one here –
MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage – £20.50
An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special effect silicones. The primer calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. By using this primer the lay down and application of foundation or powder is improved.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer – £34.50
This luxurious ‘second skin’ primer once applied matifies and smoothes, instantly creating the illusion of flawless skin, leaving it soft and prolonging your makeup wear.
Mehron Velvet Finish Primer Serum – £18.28 + pp
This primer has been formulated with a fully stabilized Vitamin C Complex that resists normal breakdown from air, heat and moisture. It also contains Aloe Vera Extract and Vitamin E to heal, soothe, and hydrate your skin. The glass bottle of primer even comes packaged in a little black drawstring bag! Nice finishing touch. So cute and just looks fabulous on your dressing table.
W7 Prime Magic Face Primer – £4.95
This silicone based primer has a fabulous matt, silky finish and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores making the complexion smooth and flawless.
Look Beauty Prime Perfect – £10
Any slight skin wobbles? Meet your makeup’s BFF. A thin, skin-perfecting layer before you apply the rest of your makeup will see your look last much longer. Can be worn alone or under foundation.
Popped into Selfridges the other day for a press event and on the way through I stopped to see George one of the assistants on the Giorgio Armani counter to buy Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara (try it – it is THE BEST!)
He then asked me if I’d tried their Waterproof Smooth Silk Eye Pencil, which I hadn’t. To be honest, one waterpoof eyeliner is pretty much the same as the next, and none really work; they all end up sliding down under your eyes throughout the day or evening.
That’s what I thought! I hadn’t tried this one!!!
A jet black, smooth, soft and absolutely waterpoof pencil with a soft smdger on the opposite end if you want to create a waterpoof smoky eye look. BUT, once it’s set, it stays put.
Brilliant result, so I’m coming back in to get the grey taupe colour next, which has sold out everywhere!!