When you are on the hunt for the perfect primer for your skin type, the most important thing is to know what skin type you have. You might already know it, but if you are in doubt, I would recommend you to read THIS post first where I explain to you how to find your skin type. In this post, I will explain to you what kind of primers you should be going for depending on your skin type and also give you some recommendations on primers as well.
Let’s start off this talk about primers for oily skin. When you have oily skin, your skin produces an excess amount of oil and your skin will look shiny and become shinier through the day. You might also have enlarged pores. To keep the oils at bay and make sure that your complexion doesn’t become shiny, a matte and oil-free primer is the way to go for you. If you struggle with enlarged pores as well, then a pore filling primer would be your best choice. My two recommendations for primers for oily skin is #1 The POREfessional from Benefit Cosmetics (£26, *) and #2 Shine Killer from NYX Cosmetics (£11, *). Both of these primers are silicone based which means that they will smooth out pores and fine lines while they mattify your complexion. If you have oily skin, then leave your favourite primer in the comments to help out other people with oily skin to find their perfect primer match!
Let’s jump straight into primers for dry skin! When you have dry skin, your skin might feel tight and look flaky and have dried out patches. You might already have guessed it, but your perfect primer needs to hydrate your skin. My two recommendations for dry skin is #3 Hangover Primer from Too Faced (£27, *) and #4 Hydrating Face Primer from Elf Cosmetics (£7.50). The Hangover Primer is a water-based primer while the Hydrating Primer from Elf is a silicone-based primer. The thing to bear in mind when choosing between a water-based and silicone-based primer is that it needs to go with the rest of your face products, this includes moisturizer and foundation. If you go with a water-based primer then the other products have to be water-based as well and vice versa. Otherwise, your base is likely to start separating. If you have dry skin, then leave your favourite primer in the comments to help out other people with dry skin to find their perfect primer match!
The next skin type in my book is combination skin, so let’s talk about primers for you. When you have combination skin, you have a combo of oily and dry skin with oily skin in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry skin on the cheeks. My biggest recommendation for you would be to multi-prime. Now you might ask, “what is multi-priming?”. Well, that is actually the same as multi-masking where you use different masks on your face depending on the issue. Multi-priming is just using different primers depending on the issue. So you will need a mattifying primer for the T-zone and a hydrating primer for your cheeks. A good mattifying primer for the T-zone could be the #5 Spackle Treatment Even Tone Makeup Primer from Laura Geller (£25, *) while the #6 Beauty Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer from Marc Jacobs (£32) would be great for the cheeks. You can also seek inspiration at some of the recommendations for both oily and dry skin. If you have combination skin, then leave your favourite primer in the comments to help
out other people with combination skin to
find their perfect primer match!
Let’s finish these recommendations with some for normal skin. I have normal skin myself, so when I have to choose a primer for the day, the only one I listen to is my skin. If my skin feels dehydrated I will prime with a hydrating primer (like the ones I recommended for dry skin) and if I know I need my skin to stay matte I will prime with a mattifying primer like the #8 High-Spreadability Fluid Primer from The Ordinary (£5.50, *). I also like to prime with a shimmery primer like this #7 Shimmering Skin Perfector from Becca (£34, *) which is available in a lot of shades (this one is in the shade Moonstone). You can also choose to prime with a mattifying primer and then go over it with a liquid highlighter. I also like to multi-prime as I always go in with a pore filling primer on my nose and then always use another primer on the rest of my face. If you have normal skin, then leave your favourite primer in the comments to help out other people with normal skin to find their perfect primer match!
I hope this post gave you both information and inspiration on what type of primers you should go for with your specific skin type. I really enjoyed making this for you as it is a bit different than the other makeup posts I normally do. Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon xx
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