Primers: Let’s Start At The Very Beginning


“Lets start at the very beginning, a very good place to start” sang Maria from The Sound of Music, this is the same with doe, rae, me as it is with makeup.  In order to achieve a perfect palette of face to begin your masterpiece, you need to create the perfect base for foundation and subsequentally the rest of your face to sit upon.

A primer is applied before foundation to help your make up last longer by providing a base for the foundation to sit on (it almost creates a layer between your skin and your foundation).  Some fill lines and pores to give a smoother canvas to work with and others may offer colour correcting properties (like the bargain W7 primer!) to tone down redness, bright sallow skin.  Alot of the higher end primers are targeted at specific skin types, for example: oily/combination skin to ensure a matte base throughout the day or to help minimise the appearence of pores (for example, the primer where the praises are always highly sung – Benefit Porefessional)  As well as primers for the skin you can also get primers for eyes which work in the same way as a face primer but ensures that your eyeshadow stays put – it can also add some intensity to the eyeshadow dependent on what colour you’re wearing.  I favour the MAC Paint Pots as a lid primer.

Starting last year, there’s been an influx of primers exploding onto the market, especially from the drugstore, with Collection, Rimmel, VIVO and MUA all releasing their own take on on the higher end primers.  I’m a sucker for anything that offers to keep my make up looking flawless on my skin, long after wine drinking and getting my dancing queen on to Shakira – so I’ve been more than willing to try out as many as possible.  These are the few that  I have on rotation in my makeup collection at the moment (I’ve linked to any indepth reviews).

Nanoblur / Collection 2000 Prime & Ready / B. Primer / Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner / W7 Prime Magic

Rimmel Wake Me Up Glow – Shimmering Sand – not TECHNICALLY a primer, however, I’m loving this to use over moisturiser and before my make up to give me skin a glow and that “lit from within” look.  I love the concept of the Wake Me Up foundation from Rimmel, but the formula just doesn’t work with my oily skin and even the lightest shade is far too orange for my skintone.  SO this works a treat for adding some light to the skin.

  • What primer would you say was best for helping full coverage foundation last? xx

  • Deb

    I love using an eye primer – no more eyeshadow disappearing from my eyelids!