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Types of Primers – Which Ones Are The Best Match For You?

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Before we start our discussion, do you know what exactly are primers? This relatively new addition in our makeup routine is still a mystery to most of us.

What is a Primer?

Primer is a cream that you can apply before foundation. It makes a barrier between your skin and the foundation. In simple words, it reduces many unwanted results that you might be facing from your foundation previously. It minimizes the chance of foundation to oxide. How?

It protects the foundation from reacting with the oils in your skin. Furthermore, it increases the longevity of the makeup, while providing a soft and silky canvas for the foundation to glide on. Some primers also come with bonus ingredients that can provide the benefits of anti-aging, anti-acne, sun protection, and hydration for your skin.

Types of Makeup Primer

I speak from experience that even the world’s best primer might not work the same way for everyone. Therefore, one should always buy it according to the skin type as well as the makeup look you want. The main types include:

Mattifying Primers

These are silicone-based and include “Cyclopentasiloxane.” They give your makeup a shine/ grease-free look throughout the day. They are ideal for people with oily skin. Some of the best mattifying primers are:

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
NYX Professional Makeup High Definition PrimerNYX Professional Makeup High Definition Primer
NARS Cosmetics Pore and Shine Control PrimerNARS Cosmetics Pore and Shine Control Primer
Benefit the PORE Fessional PrimerBenefit the POREfessional Primer

Hydrating Primers

Do you have dry skin? Does your makeup get patchy or is simply not giving the desired look? Well, a hydrating primer would be the best choice in this case. Our skin constantly needs hydration and these primers will provide exactly that to you.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
E.L.F Hydrating Face PrimerE.L.F Hydrating Face Primer
Maybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth PrimerMaybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth Primer

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Illuminating Primers

For a dewy makeup, these are the best choice. They give a sheen to the foundation. It is an ongoing trend in the showbiz industry to use illuminating primers. However, one should not use them on textured or wrinkled skin. Why? The glitter in the primer may make skin imperfections more prominent.

Oriflame Cosmetics the ONE Illu Skin Face Primer
Benefit PORE Fessional Pearl Primer
NARS Cosmetics Radiance Primer SPF 35
Loreal Magic Lumi-Light Infusing Makeup Primer

Tinted Primers (Color Correcting Primers)

These are best to even out the skin. It is also ideal for fixing discoloration, redness, dark circles, etc. They give a fresh look to your face while also giving a very natural touch to your face. Following are the best types:

Makeup Forever Correcting Primer
MAC Prep + Prime CC Color Correcting Primer SPF 30
E.L.F Tone Adjusting Face Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Anti-Redness Primer

Silicone-free Primers

Silicone-based primers have been under the radar of many skin related experts which has led to professionals opt for silicone-free primers. These are usually water-based primers and they are good for almost all skin types.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
ICONIC London Prep-Set-Glow
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
Marium Ashraf
the authorMarium Ashraf
Marium Ashraf is a professional Makeup Artist, She has Started an Islamabad based salon named as "THE GLITTER LOUNGE BY MARIUM". Her passion and interest in makeup artistry began at an early age. She then took her passion and turned it into a career. You can see some of her work at:


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