How did we survive without the humble primer? Smoothing and perfecting, keeping our makeup on for longer than we even need it to be on, helping our foundation sit just right… You could nearly write an ode to them.
As you may have read in my column before, I am not about the cosmetic makeup life. I am a mineral makeup hooman as it is so much more beneficial to the skin. There are mineral makeup primers but I am time-poor so I want a skincare product that will do it for me. Does that make me demanding? I think not. When you can find more than 20 brands in any given department store or on any beauty website, we should all be able to have the best of both worlds.
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (€70.00)
This is the intersection of where primer meets sunscreen – hallelujah. It feels very much like a traditional primer so not only is it ideal for those who want a 2-in-1 product, it’s ideal for those who refuse to wear sunscreen due to texture.
This is the type of product that could smooth out the surface of a golf ball. It feels velvety, it’s incredibly mattifying and it does this whilst being a broad spectrum sunscreen. It’s perfect for “filling in” pores and lines.Académie 8h Radiance Aqua Balm (€36.00)
This is for those who like a demi-matte primer as it does have a balmy feeling but it also contains ingredients to boost your skin’s own radiance. It is a gel-meets-balm texture, if you can imagine that. Just remember that you need to apply it after your SPF to reap its benefits as a primer.
This has a lighter feeling and is best for those who would use a dewy-effect or radiance primer.
IMAGE Prevention+ Daily Matte Moisturiser SPF 32 (€46.00)
This is my personal holy-grail SPF and because it does go matte without being flat, I’ve never truly needed primers in my usual daily life. As a sunscreen, it is broad spectrum (meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB rays), provides antioxidant protection from pollution-related damage and helps to regulate the skin’s production of sebum.
This is best for those who are oilier or spot-prone (like moi).
Avène Cleanance Mat Mattifying Emulsion (€15.99)
This smooth, gel-like moisturiser simultaneously hydrates skin whilst keeping it matte by aiding in oil-control. It contains monolaurin, an ingredient derived from coconut that regulates the amount of sebum produced by the skin, as well as acne-fighting zinc gluconate.
This is the one to go for if you find that cosmetic primers don’t do a lot to mattify your very oily skin. However, if you do find your skin gets OTT oily, you should look into why!
REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Serum Primer (€58.00)
This is a silicone-free primer – that is something I didn’t believe even existed! Silicones aren’t inherently bad but some find that they can congest their skin a tad so this is the primer for you guys.
This contains probiotics to help colonise the skin’s own good bacteria and strengthen its barrier and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like many primers do.
As you know, it ain’t a skin-friendly makeup routine unless you’re following it up with mineral makeup. I personally love Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream (€54.00) which is a full coverage mineral foundation. I set it with a light dusting of Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Foundation and a Spritz O’Clock like YonKa’s Lotion YonKa (€32.00) which helps to settle the mineral pigment to its true colour.