If you are not using makeup primer in your makeup routine, then you are really missing out.
As Napoleon Perdis says “Not to prime, is a crime”

What is makeup primer?

Think of when you need to paint a wall, you paint a coat of primer before the paint to make sure the paint is flawless, this is the same for makeup primer. Makeup primer is a base for your foundation, it is usually applied after moisturiser and before foundation.

Why use primer?

Using a makeup primer that is suited to your skin type will help your makeup last longer and will allow you to achieve that flawless finish. It is very important to make sure that you have a makeup primer to suits your skin type (trust me from my own personal experiences).

What type of primer to use for your skin type?

#Rosy cheeks/ Rosacea

If you have pink or rosy cheeks look for a colour correcting primer. Don’t be freaked out by the green colour, the green pigments in the primer will contrast against the redness in your cheeks and instantly neutralise the redness to create an even complexion. Colour correcting primer uses 3 different colours- green, lavender, peach. For example the Stila- One Step Correct Primer has all 3 colours in it, according to Stila the Green instantly neutralizes redness and conceals blemishes; the Lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones for a vibrant, energised look; the Peach tone brightens, illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sun spots. I have tried the Stila- One Step Correct Primer at Mecca Maxima, because I have pink cheeks, within a minute my skin tone and complexion was even; it really does work.

  • Innoxa Anti Redness Primer $24.95, from Priceline
    Innoxa Anti Redness Primer $24.95, from Priceline

Innoxa Anti Redness Primer $24.95, from Priceline
Stila- One Step Correct $34.50, from Selfridges*
3CE Back To Baby Make Up Base $34.50, from Sephora

#Dry Skin

Dry skin needs a primer that will hydrate at the same time as priming your skin for foundation. If this is your skin type look for hydrating primers or oil-based serums, these primers will help hydrate your skin so that it doesn’t feel tight or look flaky. I personally use the Too Faced- Hangover Primer because I have very dry skin, and since purchasing the Too Faced Primer I love wearing make-up again. It really goes to show that having a primer that is suited to your skin type can make the world of difference.

  • Hourglass- No. 28 Primer Serum $92, from Net-A-Porter
    Hourglass- No. 28 Primer Serum $92, from Net-A-Porter

Too Faced- Hangover Primer $39, from Selfridges*
Hourglass- No. 28 Primer Serum $92, from Net-A-Porter
Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrating Primer $46, from Sephora

#Oily Skin

If you have oily skin look for a mattifying primer, this will make your skin look less oily as a mattifying primer usually contains no oils. Mattifying primers eliminate that end of the day shine that we all dread. Having a makeup primer that suits your skin type can really change your make-up game, it will create a smoother, more balanced complexion that will last all day.

  • Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer  $20-73 (depending on size), from Sephora
    Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer  $20-73 (depending on size), from Sephora

Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer  $20-73 (depending on size), from Sephora
BECCA: Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $55, for Sephora

#Combination Skin

Combination skin can sometimes be tricky to handle as it can be both oily and dry skin on your face. The best thing to do is look for a primer that evens the skin, hydrates and has a smooth texture.

  • Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer - GOLD $59, from Adore Beauty
    Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer - GOLD $59, from Adore Beauty

Youngblood Mineral Prime $65.56, from Recreate Yourself
Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer $33, from Selfridges8
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer – GOLD $59, from Adore Beauty\

At the end of the day…

Always remove your make-up, and cleanse your face and neck. It is important to remember that makeup can clog your pores and it is even more important to clean your face at the end of the day to allow your skin to relax and reduce the likelihood of getting blemishes.