Primers are something that has gained popularity over the last year.
Still, not everyone uses one and the benefits from using a good one are too many to count!
Primers can help by reducing the look of large pores, filling in fine lines, and preventing foundation from
looking cakey. They also help with evening out the skin tone and making your makeup last much longer
throughout the day!
How to Use Face Primers
Use them after you apply your moisturizer, allowing at least 5 minutes for the moisturizer to settle into the
Using a pea size amount of the primer and apply gently to the skin, paying attention to the under eye
area. This will allow any under eye concealer to glide on smoothly.
Then apply your concealer, foundation, or face powder as you normally would.
Benefit the POREfessional Face Primer
Proving that there is a primer for every person, here’s one perfect for camouflaging large pores and fine
Suitable for any skin type, this seems to provide the effect of having a soft focus lens over your skin.
Slightly pigmented and very smooth, this primer does have a slight odor, but helps fill in large pores,
keeping foundation from settling into them.
This translucent balm won’t make pores disappear completely, but this will help in minimizing the
appearance of them. Benefit POREfessional retails for $29.99 USD for 75 ounces
Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
Minimizing pores can be tricky.
This primer can help solve that dilemma. This primer is soft and dries to a matte finish. Its lightweight
formula is odorless and will disappear into your skin.
As with most primers, a little goes a long way. This doesn’t seem to be as smooth as some of the other
primers, however there is no odor.
Clinique’s primer will best suit people with combination to oily skin and sells for $18.00 USD for .5
MAC Mattifying Gel
Most gel consistency primers have a tendency to slide, but this is the exception to the rule.
This gel absolutely stays put and therefore is great for people with oily and combination skin. It glides on
smooth and dries to a smooth matte finish helping to reduce and control the amount of oil on the face.
This remarkable serum transforms your skin into a perfect canvas for your foundation. MAC Mattifying Gel
sells for $19.00 USD for 75 ounces.
Palladio Herbal Face Primer
Palladio primer comes in a gel form, and not only prepares the skin for foundation but helps moisturize it
as well. It has a velvety feel that helps treat the skin, fills in fine lines and reduces the look of pores.
One of the best-selling points of this product is its price. It retails for $11.99 USD at both Sally’s Beauty
Supply and ULTA for 68 ounces.
Since this is a gel formula it can glide on slick so it is probably best for those with dry or combination skin.
Too Faced Primed and Pore less Skin Smoothing Face Primer
OK, so that’s a long name for a primer, but its well worth it! If I had to choose just one primer to wear
daily, it would be this one.
This primer has been revamped and no longer comes in the flesh color that the original did, it is now a
clear color. It has a powdery, velvet finish and glides on smoothly. It is silicon based which is perfect for
people with more sensitive skin.
It creates an even layer for foundation to adhere to causing your foundation to last longer and wear
better. This retails for $30.00 USD.