Primers are a must-have in my daily makeup routine. They create a smooth layer on which to apply makeup and help my makeup last longer. There are a ton of different ones on the market these days for all sorts of skin concerns.
Over the years my skin has gone from oily and acne prone to dry and flaky, and everywhere in between. That being said, I’ve tried a lot of different foundation primers and have rounded up my top five, all based on a different concern.
The one for the girl on a budget: Rimmel London Fix & Protect Makeup Primer*
This is by far the best drugstore foundation primer I have come across. It feels super lightweight on the skin and gives skin a boost of hydration for up to eight hours. It provides a nice base for foundation while protecting the skin from stress and pollution.
The one for dry skin: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating
This primer was a lifesaver for me this past winter. My skin got so dry and flaky, but this primer soothed my skin and my flakes weren’t at all visible. Its gel-crème formula feels so cooling on the skin and it’s super lightweight.
The one with SPF: Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
This primer gives you the SPF protection without feeling greasy or heavy on the skin. It absorbs excess oil which is great for those with oily skin, but it isn’t too drying so those with dry skin can still use this one. This primer is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. It can be used on its own but I also layer it with other primers sometimes as well.
The heavy duty one for oily skin: Paul & Joe Pore Smoothing Primer*
This primer has really cute packaging and smells really nice. It feels really thick when you’re applying it, but it feels essentially weightless on the skin, which I love. My skin always feels so soft when I have this on and it reduces the look of pores. The primer helps control oil really well and gives a blurred finish to the skin. This primer can be bought at beautyboutique.ca or at select Shopper’s Drug Mart locations.
The skin perfector for combination skin: Benefit Porefessional
This primer has the same blurring and pore minimizing effects as the Paul & Joe one without being quite so heavy duty when it comes to controlling oil. It works well at controlling oil, but not so intensely that it accentuates any dry patches. The formula contains vitamin E which helps protect the skin from free radicals.
What is your favourite foundation primer?