Foundation primer comes in many different forms and consistencies. From silicone-based smoothing, to illuminating and moisturising, to mattifying. So, in addition to better staying power for your makeup, it also guarantees a glowing, matte or smooth complexion.
Primers can also be easily combined. A mattifying primer for the T-zone and an illuminating one for the cheekbones. A moisturising primer for drier areas and tinted, for example, to correct pigment spots only in the necessary areas. Just don’t be afraid to play around with prepping your skin. Beneath the primer, of course, you’ll need a proper skincare routine finished with SPF.
What should you watch out for when choosing a primer?
Before you even start thinking about which primer to get, take a look at what your foundation is based upon. Is it silicone, moisturising, or water-based? Silicone is actually oil and oil repels water. So you may find that if you use a silicone-water combination, the foundation will dry out on your face and create unsightly streaks. That’s why it’s always better to use a water/water or silicone/silicone combination.
Even then, you’re not completely out of harm’s way, because if you use a thick layer of silicone primer underneath your silicone foundation, the foundation may flake on your face during application. So the less is more rule still applies.