At Last! The Ultimate Guide To The Perfect Primer
Like priming a wall or a canvas, your prep work will have a direct effect on the finish, and longevity, of make-up application.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a primer, is that they need to be the same formula as the foundation you are going to use ie. if you are using a silicone based foundation, the primer should be silicone based too. If they do not contain the same ingredients, they will not work together effectively. Formula sorted, check out our quick guide to the best primers for targeted skin concerns.
With redness, or sallow skin, you may find that applying a colour correcting primer will make a world of difference. Look out for make-up artist favourite Makeup Forever HD Primer.
If dullness is the problem, this is easily remedied with a brightening product. Head straight for the Dior counter and pick up Glow Maximiser which can be applied alone or mixed with foundation for an instant radiance boost. You can even dot it along the cheekbones as a concentrated highlighter – talk about multitasking!
Oily Skin and Visible Pores
Those with oiler skin types are likely to have trouble with make-up longevity, and may also suffer with visible pores. If a client is attending an event that requires a perfect complexion for a long period of time, try a mattifying primer that works to absorb sebum - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is generally regarded as one of the best for this. For pore prone skin the aptly named Porefessional is excellent, and definitely one to take on jobs where male models are involved, they love it!
In general, mature skin will always need a little more prep time more youthful complexions. It has a tendency to be drier, and fine lines around the eye can cause eyeshadow creasing and wear. Treat your older clients to an application of a wrinkle filling formula like Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch to smooth skin before foundation. If applying make-up to the lid, try to use an eye base like By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer or Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo to keep things in place.
And for application? Why not try the BASE Pro Artists Foundation Brush which make application super simple. Prepped, primed and ready!