Just like hair, the products you use to prep the “canvas” make an enormous impact on the final result. If I use smoothing, deeply hydrating shampoo when I wash my hair, I’m going to have a harder time trying to get an airy, bouncy lift to it when I style. In the same way, using a primer to help keep skin issues in check and help your makeup live up to its highest potential is key for a flawless finish, whether you are using a full coverage foundation or not.
Andreea told me that she uses primer as the last part of her skincare routine and I’ve developed that routine as well. I keep my primer by my other skincare, instead of keeping it by my makeup. And if for some reason I’m interrupted and do not do my makeup right away, it doesn’t hurt to have applied primer but then go without foundation.
My skin is more on the dry side so any hydrating primer is the first choice for me. I’ve really loved Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Foundation Hydrating Primer. Also, their newer Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer is a fantastic option for adding luminosity and subtle glow to the skin. It’s my top choice if I’m wearing a medium coverage foundation, which I am more often than not!
Sometimes primers can feel like the unsung hero of your skincare/makeup routine, but Laneige has developed an incredibly hydrating and glowy primer that makes a very, very noticeable difference in how my makeup looks and wears. The Glowy Makeup Serum is slowly becoming one of those products I must have on my “re-purchase” list. And as a beauty blogger who loves to try new things, re-purchases mean that product is at the tip-top of the favorites list. Ironically, it’s not getting glowing (see what I did there) reviews on Sephora’s website. But like any cosmetic or skincare purchase, some things work for me that don’t work for others and vice versa. Like Tarte ShapeTape for example. It seems like every woman on Instagram is obsessed and I found it to be kind of “meh”.
I tried The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer from Tatcha but ended up returning it. It was nice, for sure, but it didn’t make enough of an impact on my skin and makeup longevity to justify the price, in my opinion.
Obviously, the primers I tend to gravitate towards are hydrating and glowy, but if you are trying to combat excess shine or oil, look into Smashbox. Smashbox may have the largest array of different primers based on a number of different factors. The Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control primer is well-loved via the comments on Sephora’s website and would be what I would try first if I was fighting oil!
Is a makeup primer a part of your regular routine?